Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening in San Diego County in 1996. Now the ninth-largest craft brewer in the U.S., we operate brewing facilities on both coasts – Escondido, California and Richmond, Virginia. On top of making badass beers for over two decades, we operate restaurants and tap rooms across three continents as well as the largest craft-centric beer distribution business in the U.S. Our beers are available in all 50 states and more than 40 countries worldwide.
It’s no secret that our IPAs are second to none. We pioneered the West Coast IPA, released the first year-round bottled double IPA on the planet, and continue to innovate our lineup with creative ingredients. But we’ve also been known to craft wickedly delicious imperial stouts, barrel-aged creations and numerous beers that defy style. Explore our beers here.
Our Brewing Facilities
Opened in 2005, this 55,000 square foot facility served as our sole brewing operation until we expanded in 2016. It houses two 120bbl Rolec brew systems and supplies the Western U.S. as well as a number of other countries with fresh Stone beer. A 65,000 square foot packaging hall was added in 2013 to help expand capacity and introduce can packaging. Adjacent to the brewery is Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido. Interested in a brewery tour? Book one here.
Opened in 2016, our Richmond brewing facility represents a new chapter of growth for Stone Brewing. This massive 200,000 square foot facility operates a 250bbl Krones brew system and supplies the Eastern U.S. with fresh Stone beer, with plenty of room for future expansion. Interested in a brewery tour? Book one here.
Additional Brewing Operations
We are driven by a desire to experiment, and we are able to do so frequently thanks to two smaller brewing operations. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station and Stone Brewing – Napa both house 10bbl brew systems that produce unique, exclusive beers you won’t find anywhere but at Stone locations.
We work hard to brew great-tasting beers, and freshness can make or break everything. Not only do we print clear Bottled/Canned On and Enjoy By dates on each and every one of our packages, we ensure that all of our wholesale partners deliver Stone beer via cold chain distribution. We even rotate any beer that happens to go past the Enjoy By date out of the market, replacing it with a fresher batch. Spot any expired beer? Let us know here.
We’re proud to be the global standard bearer for independent craft beer. Stone beers can be found in 40+ countries around the world, distributed under the same rigorous standards we hold ourselves to in the U.S. We also operate tap room locations outside the U.S. – Stone Brewing Tap Room – Berlin and the Stone Brewing Tap Room – Shanghai. Learn more about our international distribution here.
We believe in creating amazing experiences to pair with our world-class beer. Stone Brewing operates 11 unique hospitality venues, ranging from large scale fine dining at our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens locations, to casual, local-friendly atmospheres at our Stone Brewing Tap Rooms. It’s our way of fostering community around craft beer.
The Stone Experience
Stone Brewing was founded on the idea of challenging the status quo. Because we believe there is a world of options when pairing beer with food, we feature eclectic, world-inspired dishes. Because we believe in making choices that benefit the planet and the community, we source local, artisanal and organic ingredients from small high-quality suppliers. Because we want you to get the most out of your visit, we don’t have distractions like TVs. It’s all about the joy of coming together around incredible beer, remarkable food and superior service.
Our locations utilize repurposed materials, historical structures and outdoor space to create memorable, unique settings. We host events throughout the year, from beer festivals to food pairings and live music along with private events of all kinds – including weddings. To explore our venues, make a reservation or inquire about events, click here.
We don’t just brew, sell and serve our beer – we operate the largest craft-centric beer distributor in the U.S. Stone Distributing Company manages an impressive portfolio of craft beverage brands from across the country & the world, bringing an unbeatable selection to bars, restaurants and retailers across a 40,000 square mile footprint in California.
Dedicated to Quality & Freshness
All beer in our portfolio is refrigerated 100 percent of the time in storage and during delivery, and our drivers all become Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Certification Program in order to handle beer with the utmost care. Our full fleet of refrigerated trucks use biodiesel to minimize our environmental footprint. Learn more about Stone Distributing Company here.
For centuries, gargoyles have been attributed with the power to ward off evil spirits. Since 1996, our gargoyle has represented our philosophies at Stone Brewing by helping us ward off cheap ingredients, pasteurization and chemical additives – the modern-day evil spirits of beer!