Stone Hosting SoCal’s Largest All-Craft Beer Fest To Mark Two Decades Of Arrogance

craft beer stone 20th festivalThe 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival.

Two decades of innovative brewing and remaining true craft is worth celebrating. To commemorate its significant milestone,Stone Brewing is staging its largest annual charity event—the Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival—on August 19 and 20. Southern California’s largest annual 100% craft beer festival will take place at California State University, San Marcos in north San Diego County. As in past years, Stone will proudly contribute all proceeds to these non-profit organizations: Surfrider FoundationBoys & Girls Club of San MarcosYMCA of San Diego County and Fight ALD.

craft beer maker stone brewing greg koch“Each year, we invite our closest craft brewing comrades and fans to join us in raising a glass to our company’s growth and the progress craft beer has made as a whole,” said Stone CEO & co-founder Greg Koch. “Thanks to all of the people who have attended our Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festivals in the past, we’ve been able to raise more than $3 million for local charities through the years.”

On Friday, August 19, from 6 to 9pm, the two-day celebration begins with the VIP Brewers Reception, where guests have an opportunity to mingle with world-class brewers and sample their craft beer creations. Koch will be joined by a few fellow craft beer legends for a panel discussion kicking off at 7pm. Tickets are $85 and include a commemorative glass, unlimited three-ounce samples of more than 40 special beers (many of which will only be available that evening), complimentary gourmet edibles from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, live music and President & co-founder Steve Wagner’s Cigar Lounge.

Exclusively for its 20th anniversary, Stone will be showcasing special Encores of Stone Anniversary IPAs: 5th, 15th and 20th — all on tap at the same time…and all served fresh!

The main event of the Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival involves two sessions—Session A, from 1 to 4pm (sold out), and Session B, from 5 to 8pm.  Tickets for each session are $55 and include:

  • Commemorative 20th Anniversary tasting glass
  • Two-ounce samples without tokens or tabs
  • More than 150 beers from 70-plus breweries, including unique Stone beers served on cask
  • Complimentary homebrewed sodas
  • Cheese samples from Mike’s Beer Cheese and Cypress Grove Chevre
  • An expansive festival area with three levels, lots of shade and Steve’s Cigar Lounge

As an added feature to Saturday sessions A and B, guests may enjoy private tastings with rock stars of craft beer in a relaxed and intimate setting. This $15 upgrade includes a private 30-minute presentation and samples of two beers hand-selected by an A-lister of the craft beer community.

Event Itinerary & Ticket Info

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Two Decades of Arrogance

VIP Brewers Reception
Friday, August 19, from 6 to 9pm
$85 ($88.97 with service fee) per ticket

Saturday, August 20
Session A: 1 to 4pm
Sold out

Saturday, August 20
Session B: 5 to 8pm
$55 ($57.92 with service fee) per ticket

Private Tastings with Craft Beer Rock Stars
1:30 – 2pm
Ken Grossman – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. CEO & founder
Tomme Arthur – The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing co-founder & director of brewery operations 
Patrick Rue – The Bruery CEO & founder

2:30 – 3pm
Greg Koch – Stone Brewing CEO & co-founder (sold out)
Jim Crooks – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Master Blender, Barrelworks (sold out)

5:30 – 6pm
Mitch Steele – Industry Legend & former Stone Brewing brewmaster
Dan Kleban – Maine Brewing Company co-founder & brewer
Peter Zien – AleSmith Brewing Company CEO & owner

6:30 – 7pm
Greg Koch – Stone Brewing CEO & co-founder
Surprise Speaker

Rare Beer All-Access
Sold out

About Stone Brewing

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 is 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.

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