Stone Brewing Co. announced Friday on its Facebook page that Columbus is one of three finalists for its new brewery. Ohio's state capital will be competing against two cities in Virginia: Richmond and Norfolk.
The Escondido, Calif.-based brewer has plans to open a second brewery east of the Mississippi River.
“We do not have a specific date in which we will make a final decision, however I anticipate an announcement to be made in 30 to 60 days,” brewery spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo said in an email.
She declined to provide any more details.
Stone, the 10th largest craft brewery in the country last year according to the Brewers Association, put out a request for proposals from communities and closed that process in March. The brewery has been mum on its search process since then.
Stone has a significant Ohio connection. Co-founder Greg Koch is from Pataskala, Ohio, giving hope to those in the state that his experience growing up here might give the Buckeye State some edge.
To say that folks in Columbus are excited about the possibility would be an understatement. The Twitter account @stone2Cbus and a Stone2Cbus Facebook page were created and fans even put together a “Tap a Stone Day” on Aug. 2 to grab the attention of the brewery.
Stone has said the new brewery would produce about 125,000 barrels at first. That would instantly make it the third-largest brewery in the state, behind the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati and Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland.