Stone Brewing Co. to Host 18th Anniversary Beer Bash

San Diego’s Stone Brewing Co. will celebrate its 18th anniversary this month with the ultimate beer bash: nearly 200 craft brews, more than 80 breweries and two sessions for beer connoisseurs to tap into.

The Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival takes place on Aug. 16 at California State University San Marcos on South Twin Oaks Valley Road.

Attendees can sip and savor suds at two different sessions, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or one from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to each session is $45 per person and includes a commemorative 18th Anniversary Celebration tasting glass, plus 15 beer samples. A designated driver ticket can also be purchased for $10.

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As the craft brew flows, Stone brews will also be available on cask, as well as free home-brewed soda’s and samples of Mike’s Beer Cheese.

The Stone beer list at the fest includes fan favorites such as Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone IPA and Stone Saison, among many others. The guest brewer lineup includes Ballast Point Sculpin IPA with Grapefruit, Coronado Islander IPA and Green Flash West Coast IPA, just to name a few.

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The annual beer fest will also double as a fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit local charities including the Surfrider Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, The Palomar Family YMCA and Fight ALD. To buy tickets, visit this website.

Escondido-based Stone Brewing Co. has come a long way in its 18 years as one of San Diego’s most recognizable and successful craft breweries and the company shows no signs of slowing down.

Last month, Stone announced plans to hop international borders and expand into Europe. The company plans to open a brewery in a suburb of Berlin, Germany, by late 2015 or early 2016.

Earlier this year Stone said it planned to expand its beer empire to the East Coast, though the exact location for that facility has not yet been announced.

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