Stone Brewing Co. may be celebrating its sweet 16 this year, but true fans know that the brewery's aggressively-flavored bitter ales are anything but sweet. To commemorate the happy (hoppy?) day, Stone is releasing Stone 16th Anniversary IPA on August 13, and will hold its annual 16th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival August 17 and 18. One hundred percent of the profits from the festival will be donated to local charities including: Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Fight ALD, Palomar Family YMCA, and Surfrider Foundation.
Sixteen years ago Steve Wagner and Greg Koch opened the doors of Stone Brewing Co., and sold their very first keg of Stone Pale Ale to the only customer who would drive to the brewery and pick it up (shout out to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame!). Stone has grown from a small operation producing 400 barrels of tasty beer during its first year of production, to a projected 180,000 barrels this year. Although much has changed, brewing and promoting craft beer has always remained at the forefront of the company's goals. Also a core value of Stone's culture is giving back to the community.
"Each year we've raised a glass to celebrate our accomplishments but more importantly, we've raised more than $1.5 million for local charities since our first Anniversary Celebration back in 1996," said Greg Koch, CEO and Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Co. "We want to exceed last year's donation amount of $240,000 and contribute to worthy charities around our community. We hope you join us for a great time. Cheers!"
The two-day event begins Friday, August 17 with the Brewers Reception held on the grounds of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).