Stone Brewing Company to Open Vista Distribution Center

Stone Brewing Co., the Escondido juggernaut that recently struck deals to build breweries in both Virginia and Berlin, said it plans to open a distribution center for its national clients in Vista.

The facility, a 125,000 square foot building formerly occupied by Dimension One Spas, is being refurbished and should be open by November, said Robert Reyes, Stone’s head of strategic sourcing.

“We now distribute 35 different brands of beer,” Reyes said at a manufacturing summit co-hosted by the Coalition for a Prosperous America.

“This will be our second distribution center and handle out national accounts,” said spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo. “We’ll continue to use the current distribution center (in Escondido) for local distribution.”

Stone now distributes its suds in 41 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as two provinces in Canada.

In addition to its breweries and restaurants in Escondido and Liberty Station, it operates four retail outlets and an organic farm.

Stone’s total employment has ballooned to 971 as of this week, which is more than 500 above what it reported in early 2014.

Sales for the company, now ranked 10th largest craft brewer in the nation, in 2013 were $136 million, but that figure will be much higher this year, says Reyes.

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