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Coordinates: 33°06′57″N 117°07′12″W / 33.1157°N 117.1199°W / 33.1157; -117.1199

Stone Brewing
Stone Brewing Co. logo.svg
Location Escondido, California
Opened 1996; 22 years ago (1996)
Key people Greg Koch (Executive Chairman)[1]
Dominic Engels (Chief Executive Officer[2]
Steve Wagner(President)[1]
Annual production volume 325,645 US beer barrels (382,137 hL) (2015)[3]
Employees 1,100[4]

Stone Brewing is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California, USA. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California,[3] it is the largest brewery in Southern California.[5] Based on 2016 sales volume it is the ninth largest craft brewery in the United States.[6]

The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale,[7] which the company considers to be its flagship ale.[8] The company's best known brand is Arrogant Bastard Ale, which has been described as a "watershed beer" that "put San Diego on the craft brew map."[9] Since 2015 Arrogant Bastard has operated as its own product line, Bastard Brewing, produced at multiple breweries around the country.[10] Most of Stone's beers are characteristic of west-coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average, ranging from 4.8% to 13%.[11]

Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate.[12][13] Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."[14]


Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey.[7] 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. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013 the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 325,645 US beer barrels in 2015. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, a 8,500-square-foot (790 m2) restaurant with a large outdoor patio and 1 acre (4,000 m2) of gardens. The brewery also houses a Stone Company Store which sells Stone merchandise as well as 1- and 2-liter growlers and 40-ounce and can that can be filled with Stone's year-round beers and special releases.[15]

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. It is housed in the former mess hall and several other historic buildings of the former Naval Training Center San Diego.[16]

In 2013 Stone opened a location in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport.

In addition to the locations at Escondido and Liberty Station, there are Stone Company Stores in Oceanside, Pasadena, and in San Diego's Little Italy community. The stores sell beer in bottles, kegs and growlers.[5]

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.[17]

In Summer 2014, the company announced plans to open Stone Brewing Berlin in the German capital.[18] A 100 hectoliter brewery with onsite can filling in Berlin Mariendorf went into operation in June 2016. At that time, Stone Berlin began distributing Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale to Austria, the Baltics, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As of May 2016 a corner of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin called "The Library Bar" opened to the public. The full restaurant and gardens will open in summer 2016.

On October 8, 2014 sources indicated Stone Brewing had chosen Richmond, VA as the site for its first brewery in the eastern United States. The other two finalists for the brewery were Columbus, Ohio and Norfolk, VA. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the formal announcement about the new brewery on October 9, 2014.[19] The brewery held the opening of the Stone Company Store Richmond in March 2016 and began brewing, kegging and bottling Stone IPA in July 2016.

The second story bar at Stone Brewing Company in Napa, California

In May 2016 the company announced plans to open a tap room and 10-barrel brewing system in Napa, California, the heart of California's wine country. The new facility will be housed in the historic Borrero building in downtown Napa and is expected to open in 2017.[20]

On February 12, 2018 Stone filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors, the makers of Keystone beer, alleging that they were attempting to co-opt their name after a brand revamp that emphasizes the word "Stone" on the sides of their products.[21]


Stone IPA

Stone beers are bottled in 22-ounce and 12-ounce bottles, 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans and occasionally 500 ml, 750 ml, and 3-liter bottles.[22]

Year-round Releases[edit]

Name Style Released ABV IBUs Hops Notes Packaging
Stone IPA IPA 08.16.1997 6.9% 71 Magnum







Vic Secret

Dry Hop recipe altered in April, 2016. 12 oz Bottles

22 oz Bottles

12oz cans

Stone Delicious IPA IPA 01.05.2015 7.7% 75 Nugget



El Dorado

Brewed to reduce gluten 12 oz Bottles

22 oz Bottles

Stone Ruination

Double IPA 2.0

Double IPA 04.20.2015 8.5% 100+ Magnum






Replaced Stone Ruination Double IPA 12 oz Bottlles

22 oz Bottles

Stone Tangerine

Express IPA

IPA 01.30.2017 6.7% 75 Citra





Made with whole Tangerine Purée & Pineapple Purée 22 oz Bottles
Stone Ripper Pale Ale 11.07.2016 5.7% 40 Cascade

Australian Galaxy

Inspired by the surf cultures of So-Cal and Australia. 12 oz Cans
Stone Go To IPA Session IPA 03.03.2014 4.8% 65 Ahtanum









Hopsteiner 06300

"The hop-heavy IPA for the everyday." 16 oz Cans

Seasonal Releases[edit]

Name Availability Style ABV Hops Notes
Stone Imperial Russian Stout March/April Russian Imperial Stout Varies Warrior
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine February Barley Wine Varies Varies
Stone Enjoy By IPA Varies IPA 9.4% Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka & Helga Occasionally released unfiltered or with tangerines
Stone Enjoy By Black IPA Varies Black IPA 9.4% Amarillo, Super Galena, Centennial, Cascade, Vic Secret, Ella & Galaxy
Stone RuinTen Triple IPA June/July Triple IPA 10.8% Magnum, Centennial & Citra Originally released in 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Stone Ruination IPA and is now a yearly release
Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays and the New Year (pronounced "sho-co-VAY-zuh") Fall/Winter Mocha IPA 8.1% English Challenger & English East Kent Golding Brewed with coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, and pasilla peppers.
Stone Anniversary Ale series Summer Varies Varies Varies Each year uses a different recipe and bottle design (although usually an IPA)

Stone Vertical Epic Ale series[edit]

Between 2002 and 2012, Stone released a series of eleven beers under the Stone Vertical Epic Ale header. Each one uses a different Belgian Strong Ale 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.[23]

ABV Brewed With
02.02.02 7.5% Orange peel, coriander, and black pepper
03.03.03 9% Coriander and grains of paradise
04.04.04 8.5% Kaffir lime leaves
05.05.05 8.5% Belgian candi sugar
06.06.06 8.66%
07.07.07 8.4% Grapefruit, orange, and lemon
08.08.08 8.6% Dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops
09.09.09 8.6% Vanilla bean and French oak
10.10.10 9.5% Chamomile-spiced with white wine grapes
11.11.11 9.4% Cinnamon and New Mexico chile
12.12.12 9.4% Cinnamon, allspice, clove, orange peel, and rose hips


Since 2008, Stone has released a series of collaboration beers jointly with other brewers.

Name Brewed In ABV Style Notes
AleSmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian Style Triple Ale 2008 9.5% Belgian-Style Tripel
Jolly Pumpkin/Nøgne Ø/Stone Special Holiday Ale 2008 9% Winter Warmer
BrewDog/Cambridge/Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner 2009 10% Black Pilsner
Ken Schmidt/Maui/Stone Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter 2009 8.5% Porter Winner of the Stone AHA rally
Dogfish Head/ Victory/Stone Saison du BUFF 2009 6.8% Saison Brewed with parsley sage, rosemary & thyme. The three breweries take turns rebrewing.
21st Amendment/ Firestone Walker/Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale 2009 9.5% Black Ale Brewed with fennel, chia, peppercorns, and mission figs
Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair/Stone San Diego County Session Ale 2010 4.2% Pale Ale Winner of the 2010 Stone AHA rally
Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad/Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale 2010 8.8% Scotch Ale
Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 2010 9.2% IPA Proceeds were donated to tsumani & earthquake relief via the Japanese Red Cross.[24] Rebrewed in 2015
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard/Tröegs/Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout 2011 7.3% Stout Winner of the 2011 Stone AHA Rally
Bruery/Elysian/Stone La Citrueille Céleste de Citracado 2011 5% Amber Ale Brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena & birch bark
The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown Than Black IPA 2011 7.4% IPA Proceeds donated to the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund, a nonprofit organization aiding victims of Tropical Storm Irene.
Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone TBA 2012 7.1% Brown Ale
Ken Schmidt/Iron Fist/Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout 2012 9.6% Imperial Stout Winner of the 2012 Stone AHA Rally
Evil Twin/Stillwater/Stone "The Perfect Crime" Black Smoked Saison 2012 6.8% Saison
Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA 2013 8.7% Coffee IPA Brewed with coffee roasted by Two Brothers Brewing
Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2013 13% Imperial Stout Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans and partially aged in bourbon whiskey barrels. Now an annual release, launching at Hop-Con, Stone's San Diego Comic Con event.
Robert Masterson & Ryan Reschan/Rip Current/Stone R&R Coconut IPA 2013 7.7% IPA Winner of the 2013 Stone AHA Rally
10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter 2013 9.6% Imperial Porter Brewed with avocado honey, jasmine and calendula flowers.
Kyle Hollingsworth/Keri Kelli/Stone Collective Distortion IPA 2014 9.3% Double IPA Brewed with elderberries and coriander
Beachwood/Heretic/Stone Unapologetic IPA 2014 8.8% Double IPA
Stone w00tstout 2.0 (Drew Curtis, Wil Wheaton, Aisha Tyler) 2014 13.5% Imperial Stout Brewed with rye, wheat malt, pecans, and stone-ground chocolate and partially aged in bourbon whiskey barrels.
Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout 2014 8.1% Milk Stout Winner of the 2014 Stone AHA Rally. Brewed with chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper, coffee, and lactose. Now an annual winter release.
Ecliptic/Wicked Weed/Stone Points Unknown IPA 2015 9.5% Double IPA A blend of a traditional Belgian-style tripel aged four months in oak barrels that originally housed red wine, then tequila and a freshly brewed West Coast double IPA.
Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale 2015 8.5% Belgian-Style Ale Winner of the 2015 Stone AHA Rally. Brewed with carrots, raisins, cinnamon, and lactose sugar.
4 Hands/Bale Breaker/Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA 2015 9.3% Double IPA Brewed with puréed peaches.
Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA 2015 8.2% Barrel-aged Double IPA A blend of gin-infused bourbon barrel aged & rye whiskey barrel aged IPA with the same fresh IPA.

Arrogant Brewing[edit]

In 2015 Stone Brewing announced it would separate Arrogant Bastard into its own product line, to be produced "on the road" in conjunction with other breweries including Great Divide, Maui Brewing, Brew Dog, and Maine Beer Company.[10]

Name ABV Style Availability Notes
Arrogant Bastard Ale 7.2% American Strong Ale Year-round The beer is promoted with an appropriately arrogant slogan: "Hated by many. Loved by few. You're not worthy."
Who You Callin' Wussie 5.8% Northern German Pilsner Year-round
Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard 8.1% American Strong Ale Year-Round
Bastard's Midnight Brunch 12.7% American Strong Ale Very Limited Double Bastard Ale, aged in bourbon barrels & maple syrup barrels
Double Bastard Ale Varies American Strong Ale Fall A more intense version of Arrogant Bastard, with a higher ABV.
Depth-Charged Double Bastard 1 American Strong Ale Fall Double Bastard Ale, brewed with espresso beans
Lukcy Basartd Ale Varies American Strong Ale Fall, biennially A blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale that is then oaked and dry-hopped. It is released only in even-numbered years, and Stone emphasizes that it should be consumed fresh, unlike Double Bastard which can be aged.
Crime 9.6% American Strong Ale Fall Ale with peppers added & aged in bourbon barrels
Punishment 12% American Strong Ale Fall Ale with peppers added & aged in bourbon barrels
Double Bastard in the Rye 13.5% American Strong Ale Fall Double Bastard Ale, aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels
Southern Charred 12.6% American Strong Ale Fall Double Bastard Ale, aged in bourbon barrels
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale 7.2% American Strong Ale Varies 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. (discontinued in 2014)


Stone has won several awards at major international beer competitions.[25][26]

Name Style Honors
Double Bastard Ale Strong Ale 2005 Great American Beer Festival Silver
Levitation Ale Amber Ale 2007 Great American Beer Festival Gold
Old Guardian Barley Wine 2000 Great American Beer Festival Silver
Pale Ale ESB 2008 World Beer Cup Bronze, 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze
Ruination India Pale Ale 2006 World Beer Cup Bronze
Smoked Porter With Chipotle Chile-spiced beer 2010 Great American Beer Festival Silver
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Black India Pale Ale 2010 Great American Beer Festival Bronze
Imperial Russian Stout Imperial Stout 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold
Go To IPA Sessions Beer 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ Kitsock, Greg (June 20, 2007). "A Bitter Divide". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  14. ^ "The People Have Spoken!". BeerAdvocate Magazine, Volume II, Issue XI, posted at Stone Brewing:News. August 12, 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Fikes, Bradley J. (March 5, 2006). "Stone Brewing Co. grows in Escondido". North County Times. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  16. ^ Rowe, Peter (May 16, 2013). "Liberty Station's Stone age begins". San Diego Union Tribune. 
  17. ^ "Stone Brewing Co. Harnesses the Power of the Sun with a Solar Electric System Installed by Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., Financed by Bank of America" (Press release). Bank of America. July 1, 2008. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  18. ^ Verive, John (July 19, 2014). "Escondido's craft brew giant Stone announces plans for a Berlin expansion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant - VA Beer Trail". VA Beer Trail. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  20. ^ Hirsh, Lou (May 22, 2016). "Stone Brewing Expanding to Wine Country with Napa Tap Room, Brewery". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  21. ^ Snider, Mike. "A legal brew-ha-ha: Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors over Keystone packaging". Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  22. ^ "Getting Beer At The Stone Company Store". Stone Brewing Company. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ Alstrom, Jason Todd (July 27, 2007). "Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale". dig Boston. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  24. ^ "Green Tea". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  25. ^ "Stone Brewing". GABF Medal Winners. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
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