Stone Brewing to Hold Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival

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ESCONDIDO, CA (July 13, 2016) – 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 Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, YMCA of San Diego County and Fight ALD.

“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 VIPBrewers 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.

For more information about the Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival and to purchase tickets, visit



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

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