Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stone Brewing is coming to Richmond. It’s official.

First, I’d like to say that I am extremely proud of the beer community across Virginia. I believe a huge draw that Richmond had on Stone was the rich and welcoming environment that our local breweries have been able cultivate and have absolutely no concern that Stone coming to Richmond will hurt our local breweries. 

And now Stone is Virginia Beer.

For Virginians, drinking local will soon include enjoying some of the most widely celebrated and respected brews offered. I attribute my current love for beer to Stone Brewing. Double Bastard was the first beer that truly caught my attention and sparked my interest in craft beer. Ruination was the first beer that blew my mind after ordering it for dinner, leaving me unable to taste anything but the beer for the next two hours and inspiring me to get my hop cone tattoo (oh, do you not have a beer tattoo?). The first time I visited LA my first stop was Stone Brewery (which, for those of you who don't know, is in Escondido, over 2 hours south of LA). 

With the recent outpouring of collaboration beers between Stone and other amazing breweries, along with their pride in using local ingredients, I can’t wait to see what Stone has in store for us. We will continue to update as the process progresses, but until it opens late 2015/early 2016 go celebrate by drinking tasty beer at your local spot and don’t forget to update your résumé

Proposed plans attached to official media release.