Escondido, CA -- Stone Brewing Co. is the brewery that keeps on giving! And it's all thanks to an extremely loyal and supportive fan base, as well as an amazing team of devoted volunteers and generous vendors.
"Since day one, we've made supporting well-deserving charities one of our most important principles," notes Greg Koch, CEO & co-founder of Stone Brewing Co. "We are dedicated to supporting our community and promoting a culture of social responsibility."
Recent fundraising successes have included:
Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
The two-day event once again crushed fundraising records set in previous years, bringing in an unprecedented $240,000. Thesefunds will be distributed to several incredible local charities: Surfrider Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Palomar Family YMCA,Fight ALD, CSUSM Foundation, Escondido Kiwanis Club, and IMA North County.
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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA
Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Bryan Baird (Baird Brewing Company, Numazu, Japan) and Toshi Ishii (Ishii Brewing Co., Guam) collaborated with Stone Brewing Co. to create a special one-time beer, with all proceeds benefitting the Japanese Red Cross Society. The final numbers were recently tallied, totaling an impressive $64,000 donation.
Original press release | Video | Brew day photos | Bottling day photos
Stone Quingenti Millilitre Bottle Drawing
Stone's newest series of beers—dubbed "Quingenti Millilitre" for their 500ml cork-finished bottles—began with the release of a very small run of the famed collaboration beer "Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels." Given the limited number of bottles, a raffle system was devised wherein fans could buy $1 tickets that would enter them in a drawing to win the chance to purchase a bottle. Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to local charities Escondido Creek Conservancy and Interfaith Community Services. 14,798 tickets were sold in all, with Stone topped up the donation to an even $15,000.
Original press release | Barrel photo | Brew day photos | Bottling day photos
In addition to these larger fundraising efforts, there is a seemingly endless list of charity events that Stone happily supports through donations of food and beer, and the most recent "Give a Pint, Get a Pint" blood drive hosted by Stone collected 71 units of blood for the San Diego Blood Bank!
Upcoming charity functions include holiday food drives with SuperFood Drive and the North County Food Bank, as well as the return of "Winner Winner Turkey Dinner," whereby Stone donates an entire Thanksgiving dinner to underprivileged families in cooperation with Casa de Amparo, matching each take-home meal pre-ordered from the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.
Stone Brewing Co.
ABOUT STONE BREWING CO.
was founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch in North County San Diego, CA. It is the 14th largest craft brewery in the United States and has been named "All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine
- TWICE! A recently announced $26.6M expansion plan
(that includes a hotel among other lofty ventures) is underway, as are developments to become the first American craft brewery to open a brewhouse in Europe
. Visit stonebrewing.com
for more information.