According to Stone, the new facility is now distributing beers across 17 countries in Europe including Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland, to name a few.
With this, Stone has become the first U.S.-based craft brewery to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, the company said.
“We are very excited that our state-of-the-art brewery is online and that kegging and canning are underway,” said Greg Koch, Stone CEO and co-founder, in a news release. “I’m proud of the job Team Stone has done…the facility is amazingly beautiful, the beers are tasting really incredible and this is a spectacular, monumental moment for American craft beer as a whole.”
Stone’s Director of Brewing Operations, Thomas Tyrell is running the Berlin venture. He's been in the international beer business for the past 25 years. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Berlin is set to open to the public this summer.
Stone Brewing is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Escondido-based company was founded by Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996 and is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States.