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Stone Brewing Co. Announces New Breweries, Expansions, Hotel and More

Stone Brewing Co.'s new location in Liberty Station
Stone Brewing Co.'s new location in Liberty Station
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Since their humble mid-nineties beginnings in San Marcos, Stone Brewing Co. hasn’t done anything on a small scale. They take risks, daring not only to dream, but to take whirls at ventures many breweries would never imagine even at the height of alcohol-infused abstractism. The following is an update on the latest and greatest; a slate of projects both expected and almost unfathomable that’s ambitious to say the least.

Stone Company Store: Two years ago, Stone made waves, announcing they were moving forward with plans to establish a brewery in Europe and, now, many frequent flyer miles and Euros later, they’ve narrowed the potential siting for that facility to two cities—Berlin, Germany and Brugge, Belgium. Bringing a taste of America’s number one craft beer city (our very own San Diego) is huge, yet, it’s a number of big-time developments here on the homefront that are even more noteworthy at present.

Stone Company Store (2215 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104): There was a time when CEO Greg Koch figured Stone would be operational in Europe before they could get an outpost in South Park going, however, adjusting their plans to have a brewery component on-site and changing the venue to a company store where sales of Stone merchandise, beers and growler fills will be the singular focus, they’ve been able to get through permitting and have plans to open this satellite outlet (perhaps the first of several) this summer.

Brewery Expansion (1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029): Back at home in Escondido, Stone has purchased two large parcels of land. The first will be used to provide additional, much-needed parking for their main brewery and restaurant, the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. It will also provide the space for a brewery expansion, which will include a separate facility where beers using yeasts other than their standard house strain will be brewed and barrel-aged. Now, the other parcel…that’s a whole other story.

Stone Farms (9928 Protea Gardens Road, Escondido, CA 92026): Further diversifying their portfolio, Stone has purchased the fertile land formerly tended by the folks at La Milpa Organica. While there are some indigenous hop vines growing there, the new Stone Farms will grow vegetables, fruits and herbs for use at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens as well as the soon-to-be Stone Catering, from which locals can add a potent infusion of Arrogance to their events. The farm’s bounty will also be used to stock a new restaurant...

Stone Hotel:Look for Stone to become the first brewery to delve “inn” to the deepest expanses of the hospitality industry, opening a 50-room boutique hotel directly across the street from their brewery. This is the newest brainchild of the gargoyle clan, so details are extremely limited, but it was borne most logically as a vehicle for both bolstering Stone’s value as a destination local and provide drinkers a viable place to comfortably detox after an imbibing session.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station (2816 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106): In response to the common SD beerophile gripe that Stone’s homebase is too far from central San Diego to be convenient enough for the majority of locals, the company has sunks its claws into a building in Point Loma’s historic Liberty Station community. In addition to a spacious dining room and huge kitchen, the space (which is slated to open in spring 2012) will have an outdoor theater area as well as a pilot brewing system that will be used to brew site-specific beers ranging beyond Stone’s standard family of ales.

As you can see, it’s big doin’s or, as they refer to it at Stone, business as usual.