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The Triumvirate...

Greg Koch, CEO & Co-founder

Steve Wagner, Brewmaster & Co-founder

Mitch Steele, Brewmaster

A Brief History of Time...

• Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. (In the spot where our friends at Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey now call home!)

• First keg of Stone Pale Ale sold on July 26, 1996 to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame

• Arrogant Bastard Ale unleashed upon the world November 1, 1997

• Moved to our current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005

• Opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006

• In December 2009, we published a formal Request For Proposal to evaluate potential sites for a brewhouse in Europe.

• Stone Farms opens in May 2011

• September 2011 - Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes and Unbashed Arrogance is released

• In May 2013, our second farm-to-table restaurant Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station opens for service.

• Stone Brewing Co. at Terminal 2 opens for travelers visiting San Diego International Airport.

• February 2014 - We announced our joint distribution venture with Maui Brewing Co., dubbed Maui-Stone Craft Beverages

• In July 2014, we announced plans to be the 1st American craft brewer to own & operate a brewery in Europe with Stone Brewing Co. - Berlin.

• In October 2014, we announced plans to open a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and administrative offices in Richmond, Virginia.

One of the fastest growing breweries in America...

• “Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” List for Eleven Years (2015)

• San Diego Business Journal's "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" twelve years in a row (2004-2015)

• Averaging 40% year-over-year annual growth since day one

• Currently distributed to 41 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico), and a minute amount of our beer is exported to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, United Kingdom and Sweden

• 9th largest craft brewery in the United States (2014)

The Escondido brewery...

• 55,000 square feet

• Two 120-bbl brewing systems built by Rolec in Bavaria, Germany

• 60,000 square feet Stone Packaging Hall, which encompasses our bottling and kegging lines

Production Statistics - 1 Barrel (bbl) = 31 gallons...

1996: 400 bbls (1st keg sold 07/26/96)

1997: 2100 bbls (118% increase) *

1998: 3926 bbls (87% increase)

1999: 5848 bbls (49% increase)

2000: 9342 bbls (60% increase)

2001: 12,779 bbls (37% increase)

2002: 18,450 bbls (44% increase)

2003: 24,490 bbls (33% increase)

2004: 32,159 bbls (31% increase)

2005: 36,390 bbls (13% increase)**

2006: 49,883 bbls (37% increase)

2007: 67,841 bbls (36% increase)

2008: 83,000 bbls (22% increase)

2009: 98,500 bbls (19% increase)

2010: 115,000 bbls (17% increase)

2011: 148,686 bbls (29% increase)

2012: 177,200 bbls (19% increase)

2013: 213,277 bbls (20% increase)

2014: 287,075 bbls (35% increase)

* Note: 1996 barrelage was for the period of August-December 1996. Annualized barrelage for the year was 960, and that number was used to calculate the percentage increase of 118% between 1996 & 1997.

** We brewed at maximum capacity for our old brewery that year, then moved to our new brewery in December 2005.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido

• Located in Escondido, CA - adjacent to our main production brewery

• 8,500 square feet

• 1 acre garden

• Seating capacity of 425

• 36 craft & specialty beers on tap, plus 100+ bottle selections

• Extensive wine list

• Steve Robbins (Director of Hospitality), David Vincent (General Manager), Tausha Lopez (Executive Chef) and "Dr." Bill Sysak (Craft Beer Ambassador)

• Hosts special events like farm-to-table FRESH! Dinners, Beer U educational classes, Stone Late Night Movies, Master Pairings series, as well as beer festivals including Stone Sour Fest, Stone Oakquinox and Pour it Black

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

• Located in a Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego

• 55,000 square feet, including indoor and outdoor areas

• Two bocce ball courts, a movie courtyard, expansive garden patio, private banquet rooms and Stone Company Store – Liberty Station

• 30,000 square foot garden area seats up to 200 people

• Seating capacity of 800+

• 40 craft & specialty beers on tap, plus 100+ bottle selections

• Extensive wine list, including wine on draft

• Steve Robbins (Director of Hospitality), Scott Ambrose (General Manager), Thomas Connolly (Executive Chef) and "Dr." Bill Sysak (Craft Beer Ambassador)

• 10-barrel pilot brewing system for brewing limited, one-off releases, led by Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham

Stone Farms...

• Located in North Escondido

• 19-acre farm

• On-site store which offers pints, growler fills, merchandise and fresh organic produce.

• Rescued after farm's management went out of business

• $50,000 initial investment

• 8 on-going jobs

Stone Company Stores – Oceanside, Escondido, Pasadena, Liberty Station, On Kettner

• Growler fill station and tastings offered

• Stone merchandise and gifts available for sale

• 7 year-round Stone beers available, plus rotating special releases

• Located in Southern California neighborhoods

Media Quotes and Honorable Mentions

• Malt Advocate magazine's "Brewery of the Year" (2004 and 2005)

• BeerAdvocate magazine's "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth. The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!" (2008 and 2009)

• – "Stone Brewing is one of craft brewing's stars – one of the 10 best breweries in the world"

• Forbes – "Stone has America's Top Brewery Tour." (2012)

• Greg Koch is knighted by the Belgian Brewers Federation (2010)

• Greg Koch named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)

• Greg Koch named "Most Admired CEO" by San Diego Business Journal for privately held, large company (2012)

• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens achieves certification under SITES (2012)

• Consumer Reports Magazine names Stone IPA "top-rated ale," receiving a 94 out of 100 score (2013)

• "San Diego's Stone Brewery is devilishly awesome!" - Forbes (2013)

• "[Stone] has no interest in going mainstream if that means watering down the product." - Inc. Magazine

Environmental, Sustainable and Philanthropic Efforts

• Our rooftop solar panels on the Escondido brewery produce about 20% of the power for the brewery and our restaurant, preventing approximately 1.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually

• Both Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants are the largest purchasers of local, organic produce in San Diego County

• Our Meatless Monday menu prevents 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually

• "Spent grain" that has been used in the brewing process is then repurposed as a mulching tool in our garden. The rest is used by local farmers as livestock feed, and as ingredients in locally made soaps and dog treats (creatively named Stone Bones)

• We do compost some of our kitchen waste, some for use in the garden and Stone Farms, and some to be picked up by our local farmers

• We have two electric car charging stations in the parking lot of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido to accommodate eco-minded drivers (including our CEO, who drives an all-electric vehicle)

• Our water reclamation system prevents 75,000 gallons of wastewater from entering the sewer system each day

• Our new centrifuge helps us filter our beer with less waste, and increased our yield by more than 5,000 bbls last year

• Stone Distributing has one hybrid delivery vehicle as part of its fleet, which includes 55 bio-diesel trucks. The fleet uses a 20/80 blend of biodiesel.

• More than $3 million donated to charity since day one, with the annual Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival responsible for raising more than $1.5 million of that total

• In addition to financial donations, our in-kind support of local charities adds up quickly! In 2013 alone, we donated nearly $650,000 to various non-profit organizations

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