Stone Brewing Co., the 10th largest craft brewer in the U.S., plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co.—Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Co. Store.
“This is a historic moment for Stone. I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin,” said Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch. “It has been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”
Added Stone President and co-founder Steve Wagner, “Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe. With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing.”
The San Diego-based company will transform the Berlin setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:
• A historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus s.f., featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse; an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant; and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise.
• A second 20,775-s.f. building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company’s signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.
• A third 1,300-s.f. building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.
The property’s brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens—Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. As supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone says it will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food’s principles of good, clean and fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.
Additionally, the company has launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co.—Berlin once the facility is operational.