In 2020, the number of craft breweries in the US reached approximately 8,200. It makes you wonder if there are enough hazy IPAs, fruited sours, and pasty stouts to go around. In the craziness of new breweries, the old guard can be forgotten or have much less clout. But breweries like Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium can’t be discounted for their contributions to the beer scene. For me, the brewery that will always have my vote as the most influential is Stone Brewing.
I don’t think anyone debates that Stone makes good beer. But it’s the little things that make the difference for me. From the original Stone IPA (one of the original West Coast IPAs) to their opening (and sadly, closing) of Stone Berlin, their history is endless. They were fighting for the beer scene before there was one. In the pantheon of US beer history, they are at least an Alexander Hamilton.
There is too much for me to include in one article. Being that Stone’s 25th Anniversary is coming up in September, they should have plenty of their history coming out to commemorate the brewery.
In the words of Co-Founder Greg Koch: “You’re not worthy.”