(Escondido, CA) – Stone Brewing Co-Founder, Steve Wagner, shared a couple news tidbits during a SAVOR talk over the weekend.
Wagner revealed that the National Park Service approved the company’s plans last week for the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens location at Liberty Station. Because the brewery and restaurant is to be situated on property in Point Loma that formerly housed the historic Naval Training Center, the NPS had to get involved, delaying the timeline. The company can now move forward with the $7 million-plus project. The ten-barrel system will effectively serve as a pilot system, says Wagner. Not unlike how Rehoboth Beach serves as a pilot system of sorts for Dogfish Head…
Stone is in the process of installing its second brewhouse in Escondido. The Rolec 120-barrel system arrived earlier this month (photos on Facebook). The company recently posted up snapshots of the blueprints and installation of the lauter tun. The new system will double brewing capacity.
With the company running out of room at the current facility, they need to get the new Packaging Hall up ASAP. Wagner said that the company hoped to break ground on it as early as this week. All packaging operations will be moved to the new building. A brand-new bottling line is expected to go into operation during the first quarter of 2013.
As for the hotel, that project has been pushed to the backburner. They initially expected to break ground late this year but won’t until at least the first quarter of 2013.
In total, the company is investing more than $50 million in all of the projects. More info on the brewery’s Projects page…
Listen to Wagner’s full talk on Craft Beer Radio.