Stone to open a Brewery in Europe?

Greg Koch

This is a very exciting project for Steve and me…and all of us at Stone Brewing. We’re going to be learning quite a bit with this endeavor, first and foremost: Will we be welcome? We’re approaching this with no assumptions other than we’d like to consider any and all options (other than having our beers contract brewed by another brewery, as that’s simply not our style). Many of the countries of Europe have great brewing traditions. Some countries are also currently experiencing a bit of a resurgence of small, independent (and independent thinking) breweries. As anyone knows that has visited the Stone Brewing Co. and our attached restaurant – the Stone World Bistro & Gardens – where we have more Guest taps than we do of Stone, we enjoy sharing the camaraderie of great craft beers. We look forward to joining in the fight in Europe by doing our part to add to the growing trend towards unique, flavorful artisanal beers, as opposed to the mass-blandification efforts characterized by megabrand sameness!



  1. Please come to Ireland (Cork, in particular, but I could suck it up if you opted for Dublin) for all the reasons those who have already posted. Give a shout if you have more questions about Ireland or if you plan to drop by in the future! Absolutely thrilled you are considering this,


  2. Just to add a final thought as I forgot–you should investigate retrofitting the old Beamish and Crawford Brewery in the city center–recently closed down as Beamish Stout (a Cork tradition) was bought out by Heineken. That’s all!


  3. Pomaikai

    Fantastic! I’m currently enlisted in the US Navy, originally from Hawaii and now stationed in Sicily, Italy and I’ve heard so many good things about these fine tasting beers. I’ve failed on an epic journey to get my hands on this fine brewski and to also safely escort it back to the island of sicily for other sailors stationed here to enjoy as well; who i must say are mutating into zombies from their lack of stone brews and cravings for this delectible treat.

    I wish you all the luck on expanding to Europe! Italy would be highly appreciated.

    ps…these sailors are better as arrogant bastards than what they are now; they need their brew!

    aloha. ciao. sincerely.

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  8. If in europe, it should be in eastern europe to have quality and low production price. I drunk stone while was in the us. Love it and will love it even more if it comes to Bulgaria.

  9. Ochsenblut

    Modena, Italy! Beer is becoming fashionable among the Italians. The craft brewing scene has really taken off, much like America’s beer revolution of the 80′s. Italian are drinking Belgian and German beers and copying the style in their brew pubs whilst doing away with the ubiquitous pale lagers on offer. We are craving good beer, but producing very little of it ourselves.

    Good beer is expensive here! Stone can make a higher quality product at a MUCH lower price. The popularity of Stone would explode in sunny Italy!

  10. Ajaarg

    Oh good, a bunch of american jingoists are bringing their primitive beer to the old world. Europe has a brewing tradition that’s thousands of years old, stone has one that’s 15. What in the hell could stone possibly teach them? How to make unbalanced mass-produced IPAs with mouth shattering IBU, muted malt character and no yeast character at all? I’m sure Europe is just screaming for more American assembly lines and gutter palates.

  11. Kristy R

    Please come to Europe!!! My husband and I moved from So.Cal to France, and Stone IPA is one of the things we miss the most!!!

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  15. MariaMoon

    Congratulations all of this rare event that happens once in a hundred years!

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