Stone Brewing Company
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|Production output||177,200 US barrels/year (2012)|
|Owner(s)||Steve Wagner and Greg Koch|
Stone Brewing Co. is a craft brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California. As of 2012, it was the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume.
Established in 1996, the brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which they consider to be its flagship ale. Most of their beers are characteristic of west-coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Stone beers are bottled in 22 ounce bottles, 12 oz six packs, and occasionally 3 liter bottles. The beers available in six-packs are the Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Stone Levitation Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Stone Ruination IPA. Stone uses 22 ounce bottles to feature their "bigger character" beers and Stone Special Releases. Compared to most brewers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.4% to well over 11%.
Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."
Stone first opened in 1996 In 2006, Stone relocated from its original brewery in San Marcos to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. The new brewery currently has a capacity of 250,000 US beer barrels per year, and also includes an on-site bottling line. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, a 300+ seat restaurant which features a large outdoor patio and 1-acre (4,000 m2) of gardens. The restaurant serves a rotating menu of food—concentrating on organic, free-range and local ingredients—and beer from Stone, local San Diego and regional California craft brewers, and other specialty breweries in the United States and abroad. The brewery also houses a Stone Company Store where Stone merchandise can be purchased in addition to one and two litre growlers which can be filled with Stone's nine year-round beers and special releases. In May 2013 a second Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens opened in the Liberty Station development in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. The 23,500-square-foot (2,180 m2) facility cost $8 million and can seat 700 patrons.
In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds (244,000 kg) of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres (0.83 km2) of trees. In 2011, Stone announced plans for major expansion, which will include a new restaurant and brewery in Point Loma, expansion of its Escondido brewery to 500,000 barrel per year capacity, a 18.7 acre organic farm to supply produce to its current and future restaurants, and a shop in the Southpark neighborhood which will sell its beer in bottles, kegs and growlers.
- Arrogant Bastard Ale is an American strong ale. Local designer/illustrator Thomas K. Matthews created the original gargoyle in 1996. He also drew the Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and Stone Levitation Ale gargoyles, as well as barley and hops motifs. The product was promoted with an appropriately arrogant slogan: "Hated by many. Loved by few. You're not worthy."
- OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a variety of Arrogant Bastard aged with oak chips, and has been produced in limited release 3 Liter bottles with a lock three times: November 2004, 2005 and 2006. In August 2007, OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale 12oz six packs became a year round release. It has also been produced on draft from time to time under no set schedule since its first release in November 2004.
- Stone Pale Ale is a California-style pale ale.
- Stone IPA is a hoppy India Pale Ale featuring Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops.
- Stone Ruination IPA is a very highly hopped Imperial India Pale Ale.
- Stone Levitation Ale is a dry hopped amber ale.
- Stone Smoked Porter is an American porter-style ale.
- Stone Cali-Belgique IPA is a Belgian IPA, a cross between an IPA and a Belgian ale.
- Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale is an American Black Ale. This beer was originally introduced as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale.
- Double Bastard Ale is a more intense version of Arrogant Bastard, with an ABV of 11.2%. It is a special release item and goes on sale every November in 22 ounce and 3 liter bottles.
- Stone Imperial Russian Stout is a Russian Imperial Stout released in the 2nd quarter every year.
- Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine is a barley wine released in the 1st quarter every year.
- Lukcy Basartd Ale was a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale, and then oaked. This beer was a one-time release commemorating 13 years of Arrogant Bastard Ale.
- Stone Oatmeal Stout was a one-time release commemorating 12 years of Arrogant Bastard Ale.
- Enjoy By IPA are occasional releases of small one-time batches of IPA, with a date indicated when they should be consumed by (for example Enjoy By 04.01.13 should be consumed by April 1, 2013).
Stone Anniversary Ale series
Stone releases an Anniversary Ale every summer, each one using a different recipe and bottle design.
Stone Vertical Epic Ale series
Since 2002, Stone has been releasing a series of eleven beers under the Stone Vertical Epic Ale header. Each one uses a different recipe and is designed, when the release is complete, to complement its partners in a tasting of all eleven, one after the other (a "vertical tasting"). Each is released one year, one month, and one day apart, beginning with the first on February 2, 2002 (02.02.02 in a common date format on the Gregorian calendar); thus, the second was released on March 3, 2003 (03.03.03), the third on April 4, 2004, and so on. The last in the series was the Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale.
- 02.02.02: Belgian Wit (brewed with orange peel, coriander, and black pepper)
- 03.03.03: Abbey Ale (brewed with coriander and grans of paradise)
- 04.04.04: Pale Ale (brewed with Kaffir lime leaves)
- 05.05.05: Pale Ale (brewed with Belgian candi sugar)
- 06.06.06: Dark Ale
- 07.07.07: Saison (brewed with grapefruit, orange, and lemon)
- 08.08.08: Belgian Golden Ale (dry hopped with a blend of Simcoe and Amarillo hops) 
- 09.09.09: Belgian Dark Ale (brewed with vanilla bean in oak barrels)
- 10.10.10: Strong Belgian Golden Ale (Chamomile-spiced)
- 11.11.11: Copper Ale (brewed with cinnamon and New Mexico chile)
- 12.12.12: Winter Warmer (brewed with cinnamon, allspice, clove, orange peel, and rose hips)
In 2011, Stone collaborated with Green Flash Brewing Company of Vista and the Carlsbad location of Pizza Port restaurant to brew and release Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale, named for California State Highway 78 that links Escondido and the other two cities.
Stone has won a total of six medals at the Great American Beer Festival competitions in 2000, 2006, 2007, and 2010. They have won three medals in World Beer Cup competition in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
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