Stone Brewing Co. — the 10th largest craft brewery in the U.S. — is on the prowl for a site to build a new brewery east of the Mississippi. Is Ohio on the Escondido, Calif., brewery’s radar?
Stone isn’t saying.
Proposals were due from communities on Saturday (March 15).
But brewery spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo politely declined Tuesday (March 18) to say which communities responded or even how many proposals Stone received. One community — Blount County, Tenn. — definitely wants the brewery. It put out a news release and released two songs — yes, songs — urging Stone to locate there.
“Suffice to say, we’ve had quite a few and we’re pleased with the interest that we’ve received,” LoPiccolo said.
“We’ve begun the process of looking at the proposals and will likely come up with a short list, although I don’t have a specific date on when a decision will be made,” she added. “We want to identify and start construction this year.”
Stone has a significant Ohio tie. Co-founder Greg Koch is from Pataskala, Ohio. He wasn’t available for comment, LoPiccolo said.
To read through the brewery’s RFP, click here.