Stone Brewing Co.
Greg Koch and Steve Wagner founded Stone Brewing Co. in 1996 in San Marcos, Calif., which has remained one of the fastest growing breweries in America for more than 15 years. The brewery initially introduced Stone Pale Ale, which at the time was considered very hoppy. A decade and a half later and brewed since 2005 at a much larger facility in Escondido, Calif., Stone Pale Ale is brewed with the exact same recipe.
In 2006, the brewery opened up the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, which specializes in locally grown, small-farm products with an eclectic menu of world-inspired Cuisine. It also serves 32 craft and specialty beers on tap.
Renowned for its delicious hoppy beers, Stone Brewing released Stone IPA for its first anniversary in 1997. Brewed with Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops, Stone IPA is very hop-forward and helped define “West Coast IPAs.” Now available year-round, its 6.9 percent ABV keeps it true to style, with a huge hop aroma, flavor and bitterness throughout. Its noticeable malt character is balanced by generous dry hopping, which gives it a crisp hop flavor.
Stone continues to brew Stone Pale Ale, along with Stone Levitation Ale (Amber/Red Ale), Stone Ruination IPA (Double/Imperial IPA), Stone Smoked Porter, Arrogant Bastard Ale (American Strong Ale), OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Belgian IPA) and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (American Black Ale/”Black IPA”).
Stone Special Releases include Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, Double Bastard Ale and Stone Imperial Russian Stout, as well as Stone Anniversary Ales, plus other treats and collaboration beers brewed with other breweries.