This year’s inclusion marked a significant and unique milestone for Stone. The craft brewing company has been on the publication’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list 10 years in a row.Stone is only company to have ever achieved this distinction during that span. Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, President and Co-founder Steve Wagner, and CFO Craig Spitz were in attendance to receive the acknowledgement.
According to the San Diego Business Journal, the annual recognition program, printed supplement and event feature the region’s fastest growing companies based on revenue growth from 2010 to 2012. To qualify for the list this year, companies must have been headquartered in San Diego County, privately owned and have reported at least $200,000 in revenue in 2010.
“It’s an honor to be named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing private companies list 10 years in a row,” said Koch. “We’ve been fortunate to see double-digit production growth since our inception without ever advertising our beer, discounting or compromising our standards. Our ability to continue our company’s growth is the result of reckless innovation, our fans’ rabid enthusiasm, the efforts of our amazing, hard-working team, and our cantankerously independent go-our-own-way philosophies. Thanks to the San Diego Business Journal for recognizing our efforts. We look forward to making the list next year!”
Since opening its doors 17 years ago, Stone has been busy expanding production and its offerings. Stone anticipates beer production to increase to 210,000 barrels in 2013, a 20 percent increase over 2012. The company has already hired more than 130 employees this year alone, as well as more than 250 employees at the newly opened Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station.
Other significant Stone milestones in 2013 include:
- The opening of the 55,000-square-foot farm-to-table brewery restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station, in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood.
- In May, Stone Farms, the company’s organic-methods farm in Escondido, CA, opened to the public for tours, beer, merchandise and produce sales.
- In early July, the Stone Packaging Hall, located directly next to the brewery in Escondido, opened. The new facility houses the bottling and kegging operations, as well as offices.
- In August, Stone will open a dining venue in the revamped Terminal 2 section of the San Diego International Airport, serving its signature world-inspired creative cuisine and big, bold and hoppy beers.
About Stone Brewing
Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing Co. has been brewing in North County San Diego since 1996. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States—a position it achieved without paid advertising, discounting or compromised standards. In addition to brewing, Stone owns two eclectic farm-to-table restaurants—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Escondido and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station—and Stone Farms, an organic farm located near the brewery which grows produce for the restaurants. Stone also operates an off-site events company, Stone Catering, as well as Stone Distributing Co., which distributes more than 30 craft beer brands throughout Southern California.