Stone Brewing – Richmond’s 250-barrel brewhouse is officially online and the first Richmond-brewed craft beers will be tapped at a public event on July 8, 2016 beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Fans will be invited to enjoy über-fresh, kegged that morning, Stone IPA from Richmond alongside Stone IPA – Virginia Brewery Prototype, at an exclusive preview event before the beers officially hit retailers later this month. This prototype beer is the brewery’s test batch of Stone IPA. A side-by-side tasting will allow fans to experience the subtle character nuances between the two beers as the Stone brewing team did during the flavor-matching process.
Beginning the week of July 11, 24 accounts throughout the Richmond area will also offer Richmond-brewed Stone IPA alongside Stone IPA – Virginia Brewery Prototype.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th-largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations will be underway in summer 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing.