“If my mother was tied up and held ransom, I might think about making a light beer.”
—Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing.
Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. 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. They moved to their current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005 and opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006.
Stone was named “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine in 2008…AND 2009, and remains “The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!” according to their website.