Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California, USA. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California. As of 2014, it was the ninth largest craft brewery in the United States and fourteenth largest brewery overall, based on sales volume.The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. Most of their beers are characteristic of west-coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."In 2015, the company announced that it's going to open Stone Brewing Berlin in the German capital. A brewery is expected to open in 2016.The company hosted the closing event of Berlin Beer Week 2015.OverviewStone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013 the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, a 8,500sqft restaurant with a large outdoor patio and 1acre of gardens. The brewery also houses a Stone Company Store which sells Stone merchandise as well as 1- and 2-liter growlers that can be filled with Stone's nine year-round beers and special releases.