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March 29, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California is leading a national craft beer explosion. It's home to 12 of the nation's 50 largest craft beer companies, according to the Brewers Assn. trade group. So it's not surprising that some of the country's finest beer is brewed locally. Here are 10 of the best local beers to sample Easter weekend, as selected by Brandon Hernandez, a beer and food journalist, Zagat editor and Stone Brewing Co. communications specialist. The beers are brewed in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties and would nicely compliment a traditional Easter dinner, Hernandez said.
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March 29, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California is leading a national craft beer explosion. It's home to 12 of the nation's 50 largest craft beer companies, according to the Brewers Assn. trade group. So it's not surprising that some of the country's finest beer is brewed locally. Here are 10 of the best local beers to sample Easter weekend, as selected by Brandon Hernandez, a beer and food journalist, Zagat editor and Stone Brewing Co. communications specialist. The beers are brewed in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties and would nicely compliment a traditional Easter dinner, Hernandez said.
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June 25, 2003 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
San Marcos, Calif.--IT'S a pugnacious little operation. Stone Brewing Co., a San Diego County outfit that started up just a few years ago, ridicules its customers for their low-brow taste and prides itself on its powerfully bitter brews that would send Bud Light drinkers running for the hills. The brew master is an ex-rock musician. The chief executive, a feisty business school grad. The star brew? Arrogant Bastard Ale. You'd expect all this to make Stone the toast of beer geekdom. And it is.
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March 15, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Greg Koch, 48, and Steve Wagner, 54, are the founders of Stone Brewing Co., one of the largest brewers of craft beer in the United States. The company is best known for its hoppy, high-alcohol beers, including Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Koch and Wagner started experimenting with home brews in Koch's Solana Beach, Calif., condominium in the early 1990s and opened a brewery in a San Marcos, Calif., warehouse in 1996. Stone has grown from 400 barrels that year to 177,200 barrels last year, developing a cult-like following among craft beer enthusiasts.
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March 15, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Greg Koch, 48, and Steve Wagner, 54, are the founders of Stone Brewing Co., one of the largest brewers of craft beer in the United States. The company is best known for its hoppy, high-alcohol beers, including Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Koch and Wagner started experimenting with home brews in Koch's Solana Beach, Calif., condominium in the early 1990s and opened a brewery in a San Marcos, Calif., warehouse in 1996. Stone has grown from 400 barrels that year to 177,200 barrels last year, developing a cult-like following among craft beer enthusiasts.
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March 8, 2006
GREAT article ["L.A. Brew, Worldly Taste," March 1]! Thanks for continuing the spread of the word on great beer! GREG KOCH Stone Brewing Co. Escondido
NEWS
September 7, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Passengers involuntarily bumped from flights can collect up to $1,300 from an airline under new rules that took effect in late August. The Department of Transportation is also pressuring international carriers on excessive tarmac waits . For a rundown, click here   . . . . Cowboy up at BBQ Bootcamp at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort  in Solvang. The four-day program starts Oct. 27 . . . . New dining and retail options at the San Diego Airport include some of the city's bigger culinary players, including Saffron Thai, Phil's B.B.Q.
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June 1, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
At 16 years old, San Diego County's Stone Brewing Co. is ancient compared to the still-fledging L.A. craft beer scene. Along with Sierra Nevada Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing, Stone Brewing has become a nationally known California brand and is now the 11th largest craft brewery in America, according to 2011 year-end statistics from the Brewers Assn. Yet Stone Brewing's next target for expansion isn't some far-flung locale. It's cozy Pasadena. Perhaps as early as August, Pasadena will have its very own Stone Company Store on South Raymond Avenue, where, in addition to buying all things Stone, drinking-age patrons can sample beers and get glass jugs - called growlers - to go. But don't confuse it with a bar. "It won't feel like a bar. It will feel like a store," said chief executive and co-founder Greg Koch.
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April 3, 2002 | Angela Pettera
THURSDAY Antonello Wine Dinner: Chef Franco Barone prepares this four-course Italian meal paired with wines from different producers. There's mini-veal ravioli, beef tenderloin stuffed with mushrooms and Gorgonzola, and a Belgian chocolate cake filled with raspberries. Antonello Ristorante, in South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 Plaza Drive, Santa Ana. (714) 751-7153. $89. SATURDAY Horses and Beer: Santa Anita racetrack holds a microbrew festival on its Derby Day.
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May 31, 2013 | By John Verive
Pasadena has long been at the forefront of craft brewing in Los Angeles, and while there are not many operating breweries in the city, there are some great bars and restaurants that make Pasadena a destination for craft beer fans. Here are some suggestions to get you started on exploring the beery side of Pasadena, and they are (nearly) all accessible via the Metro Gold Line. Stone Company Store: Pasadena is home to Craftsman Brewing Co., one of the first and most respected craft breweries in Los Angeles, but Craftsman doesn't offer a public taproom.
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June 25, 2003 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
San Marcos, Calif.--IT'S a pugnacious little operation. Stone Brewing Co., a San Diego County outfit that started up just a few years ago, ridicules its customers for their low-brow taste and prides itself on its powerfully bitter brews that would send Bud Light drinkers running for the hills. The brew master is an ex-rock musician. The chief executive, a feisty business school grad. The star brew? Arrogant Bastard Ale. You'd expect all this to make Stone the toast of beer geekdom. And it is.
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February 3, 2011 | By Jenn Garbee, Special to the Los Angeles Times
While craft beer fans hedge their bets on whether Sunday's Super Bowl play-by-play is more suited to hopped-up IPAs or intensely flavored stouts, Greg Koch will be deliberating over a lot more than what to sip on game day. In the coming weeks, the co-owner of Escondido-based Stone Brewing Co. will finalize the location of the first American craft brewery on the European continent. After decades of taking hops advice from foreign brewers, American craft brewers are beginning to return the favor.
TRAVEL
June 3, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
San Diego could be improved. If the county had 75 miles of beaches instead of 70. If the Padres won a World Series or the Chargers won a Super Bowl. Or if the municipal sloganeers dropped "America's finest city" in favor of "You stay classy, San Diego. " But this is nit-picking. Besides its most obvious tourist attractions - the beaches, the zoo and Old Town - San Diego's downtown has interesting edges, several old neighborhoods are showing new vigor, and everybody seems to be brewing artisan beer.
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