News Article | November 13, 2015
BREWBOT VISITS STONE
We were lucky to be among a select few to be invited to Stone Brewing’s World Bistro & Gardens, their new brewery in Berlin. In a decommissioned gas processing facility in Mariendorf, 10 kilometers south of Berlin city center, the brewery and restaurant resides in the beautiful, green setting of Marienpark.
News Article | October 07, 2015
‘Berlin isn’t really a beer city yet.’ Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch Embraces Opportunity in Germany
When California-based Stone Brewing Co. announced its imminent expansion to Berlin back in July 2014, craft beer fans immediately knew the German beer landscape was about to change forever.
Germany’s storied beer traditions reach back hundreds of years and are built largely on the Reinheitsgebot, a purity law that restricted legal brewing ingredients to water, barley, and hops up until its repeal in 1987. The rise of craft beer brewing, which doesn’t always adhere to these guidelines, opens up a whole new playing field in the land of pilsners and hefes.
News Article | September 19, 2015
Stone building Europe's 1st US-owned brewery
If you’re unsure how American beer is viewed in Germany, ask Sylvia Kopp.
“People in my classes,” said Kopp, who tutors 500 Germans each year at her Berlin Beer Academy, “still think American beer is that fizzy yellow thing.”
Six miles south of Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, a rebuttal is rising on the site of an abandoned turn-of-the-century gasworks. Escondido’s Stone Brewing, known for full-bodied, aggressively hopped ales that are nothing like Bud or Coors, has come here to build the first U.S.-owned brewery in Europe.
News Article | July 17, 2015
Berlin start-up scene: Europe's 'Silicon Valley'?
Of all things to launch onto an unsuspecting public in Germany, Greg Koch picked American beer. A 51-year-old Californian with an impressive beard, Koch has been experimenting with coffee and chocolate flavorings in his hometown San Diego. And he thinks Europe is ready for a taste of his concoctions.
Koch spent the last four years looking at 130 different locations in nine countries, ranging from Iceland to Italy. But he opted for Berlin in the end, where his company "Stone Brewing" is setting up its own brewery. It's the first ever European subsidiary of a US craft brewer.
News Article | June 29, 2015
BERLIN BEER WEEK CLOSING EVENT RECAP AND STONE BREWING CEO GREG KOCH INTERVIEW
The great people over at Stone Brewing Co. were nice enough to invite us to attend the official closing event of the first ever Berlin Beer Week. And who are we to decline such a tempting offer? Held at the site of the future Stone Brewing Berlin branch, a historic 1901 gasworks building, the event showcased a massive lineup of brewers from all over Berlin, Germany, Europe and the US.
News Article | June 03, 2015
An American Brewer in Germany: Stone's Bold Expansion in Berlin
In 1996 Greg Koch left L.A.’s music industry and sunk his life savings into co-founding a brewery making strange, bold beers almost nobody wanted. Eighteen years later, he’s leading the brewery's expansions on the East Coast and in Germany as Stone Brewing now stands as an icon in American craft brewing.
News Article | March 11, 2015
Männerabend meets: Greg Koch (Stone Brewing Co.)
I had the chance to visit Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido (near San Diego) and to meet Stone CEO & Co-founder Greg Koch. I talked with him about plans for Stone Brewing Berlin, the US Craftbeer market, the new 2.0 version of Stone Pale Ale, what’s his favorite „Kastenbier“, the Budweiser Superbowl commercial and much more.
News Article | March 09, 2015
STONE BREWING CO. INVADES GERMANY
In 1997, less than a year after its ribbon-cutting ceremony, Stone Brewing Co. made a promise to its supporters: “To our fans who go to these fine places and drink our beer, we pledge to never let you down.”
Next year, as Stone celebrates its 20th anniversary with an expansion into Europe, that promise is going to have far-reaching implications.