Escondido-based Stone Brewing in the past three months has opened three new locations on three continents including Napa, Berlin and Shanghai, with the Chinese taproom being the most recent.
Stone Brewing, the U.S. 8th largest craft brewery opened three first-class craft beer destinations on three continents over three consecutive months. This trifecta of expansion around the globe celebrates the continued rise and appreciation for craft beer in far-flung markets. Last week Stone Brewing announced the opening of Stone Brewing Tap Room – Shanghai, preceded by Stone Brewing – Napa and the Berlin city center Stone Brewing Tap Room – Prenzlauer Berg.
“The promise of expansion seems to be an all-too-familiar excuse for selling out in craft beer, but we prefer to be the embodiment of the alternative,” Stone Brewing CEO Dominic Engels told The Times-Advocate. “Our independence is what guarantees authentic experiences for our fans. It allows us to be nimble, creative and bold. By pioneering new geographies we’re leading the charge for independent craft beer and the sheer act of doing so is fueling our creativity and passion. We’re thoughtful in our growth, we’re focused in our execution, and you definitely haven’t seen the last of us.”
Stone Brewing Tap Room – Shanghai
The opening of Stone Brewing Tap Room – Shanghai this week marks the first tap room by an independent American craft brewery in China.
Stone Brewing painstakingly designed the first uninterrupted cold chain delivery of US craft beer to China last year and continues its tally of ‘firsts’ with the installation of a ‘flux capacitor tap system’ at the newly opened tap room.
A first in Asia, this special manifold system is a principal example of elevating the craft beer experience and allows for custom calibration of carbon dioxide and nitrogen mixes for each and every of the restaurant’s 30 beers on tap.
Stone’s 3,200 square-foot bar and restaurant offers seating for 90 indoors and 28 in the additional 1,000 square-foot gardens. Floor to ceiling custom roll-up doors open the tap room to the outdoors on two sides. The interior incorporates reclaimed wood, concrete, steel and vintage furnishing, a main bar and an oversized fireplace lounge.