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About Stone Brewing Co.

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

• Named "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine in 2008…AND 2009! "The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!"

• In December 2009, we published a formal Request For Proposal to evaluate potential sites for a brewhouse in Europe. We are still on the hunt!

• In May 2011, we unveiled huge local expansion plans, including Stone Company Store – South Park, Stone Farms, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station (first quarter 2013), and Stone Hotel

One of the fastest growing breweries in America...

• “Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” List Seven Years in a Row (2013)

• San Diego Business Journal's "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" nine years in a row (2004-2012)

• Averaging 43% year-to-year growth during the past 15 years

• Currently distributed to 41 states (plus D.C.), and a minute amount of our beer is exported to Puerto Rico, UK, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Bangkok, Norway, Scotland and Germany

• 10th largest craft brewery in the United States (2013)

The brewery...

• 55,000 square feet and growing!

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

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)


* 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...

• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego.

• 8,500 square feet

• 1 acre beer garden

• Seating capacity of 425

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

• Extensive wine list

• Food focuses on all-natural, organic, & local ingredients

• 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, the wildly popular Master Pairings series, as well as beer festivals including Stone Sour Fest and Stone Oakquinox

• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station (Now Open)

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

• 5 on-going jobs

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

• 14 tap growler & tasting station

• Stone merchandise available for sale

• 15-20,000 visitors expected in the first year

• 6 on-going jobs

Selected Awards and Recognition

• 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)

• CNNMoney.com – "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" (55,249 people toured our facility in 2011 alone!)

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

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

• Great American Beer Festival medals

• Silver Medal for Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (2000)

• Bronze Medal for Stone Pale Ale (2006)

• Gold Medal for Stone Levitation Ale (2007)

• Bronze Medal for Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (2010)

• Silver Medal for Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers (2010)

• Other festival wins

• Gold Medal for Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine at the World Beer Championships (2002)

• Gold Medal for Stone IPA at the Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival (2007)

• Gold Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Australian International Beer Awards (2007)

• Bronze Medal for Stone IPA at the Australian International Beer Awards (2007)

• Silver Medal for Stone Pale Ale at the European Beer Star Awards (2009)

• Silver Medal for Stone IPA at the European Beer Star Awards (2010)

• Gold Medal for Stone Smoked Porter at the Asia Beer Awards (2010)

• Silver Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Asia Beer Awards (2010)

• Silver Medal for Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards (2011)

• Silver Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Australian International Beer Awards (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)

Environmental, Sustainable, and Philanthropic Efforts

• Our rooftop solar panels produce about 30% of the power for the brewery and our restaurant, preventing approximately 160 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually

• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is the largest purchaser 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 to accommodate eco-minded drivers (including our CEO, who drives an all-electric vehicle)

• Our water reclamation system prevents 30,000 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 added its first hybrid delivery vehicle to its fleet of 28 bio-diesel trucks. The fleet uses a 20/80 blend of biodiesel.

• More than $1.5 million donated to charity, with the annual Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival responsible for raising over $1 million of that total

• In addition to financial donations, our in-kind support of local charities adds up quickly! In 2012 alone, we donated nearly $250,000 worth of beer to more than 300 different charities

• Selected Awards and Recognition:

• San Diego North Chamber of Commerce's Above & Beyond Award (2008)

• Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Award (2008)

• Supervisor Pam Slater-Price's Sustainability Award (2009)

• California Center for Sustainable Energy's SANDEE Award (now the Energy All-Star) (2009)

• North County Philanthropy Council's Business of the Year award (2009)

• American Society of Landscape Architect's President's Award for the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (2009)

• City of Escondido Environmental Excellence Award (2010)

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