Stone Brewing Co. Comes to Virginia
Company Chooses Richmond Over 40 Sites Across the East Coast
Virginia’s craft beer industry received more exciting news when Stone Brewing Co. announced Richmond, Va., would be the home of the company’s East Coast brewery, packaging facility, farm-to-table restaurant and retail store. Richmond was selected over 40 sites across 20 states. The $74 million investment will bring 288 new jobs to the region.
Stone Brewing Co. sold its first keg in 1996, and has since grown to become the ninth largest craft brewer in the U.S. Known for its high quality and big flavors, the company has been named the "All-time Top Brewery on Plant Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine twice and been listed on the Inc. 500|5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 10 times.
Virginia was chosen because Richmond offered a unique site to meet the company’s extensive requirements. The 14-acre property in the Historic Fulton neighborhood is right on the James River, offering customers beautiful views of the water and downtown skyline.
Richmond’s location right along the I-95 corridor also offers the company easy access to Virginia’s premier transportation network to efficiently reach East Coast customers with the freshest product possible.
The company noted the importance of joining Richmond’s existing craft beer culture and the vibrant energy of the city. The location along the water and emphasis on an outdoor lifestyle complemented the company’s headquarters in San Diego.
In addition, Virginia’s vast agricultural resources will allow the company to maintain its commitment to sustainability by sourcing premium ingredients, including hops, from local farmers.
Virginia is now home to more than 100 craft brewers, and the number keeps growing. Food and beverage companies have thrived in the Commonwealth due to its strategic location, knowledgeable workforce and competitive operating costs. To learn why more than 580 food and beverage companies have chosen to call Virginia home, click here.
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