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Greg Koch / Stone Brewing Co.
(760) 471-4999 xt.102

Stone Brewing Named "Top American Brewery"
By Popular Website

San Marcos, San Diego County, CA --- On July 1st, 2003, released its first ever "Best of" list, with the top honor for "Best American Brewery" going to Stone Brewing of San Diego County., which got its start in 1996, is an extraordinarily popular gathering spot for beer enthusiasts of every kind. Boasting more than 13,000 users from nearly 100 countries, the site has beer statistics of every kind. Want to find the best places to go for beer in a given city? A quick search finds a comprehensive list with feedback and ratings from numerous BeerAdvocate members. Want to know which brewery produces what beers? Do a quick search and in moments you have your answer. How about reviews of beers? The site features better than 43,000 ratings of more than 6275 American beers. has long maintained a "Top 50" list of the highest rated beers in the world, and Stone Brewing has consistently held an exalted position on this list. According to a June 2003 Los Angeles Times feature on Stone Brewing "'s current list of the world's 50 highest-ranked beers includes five Stone products, and a sixth is on the verge of inclusion." That's the Top 50 in the world.

"Stone is without a doubt one in the growing handful of American breweries that are currently kicking the ass out of the consumer's palate and shaking the foundation of the US brewing industry," says BeerAdvocate co-founder Todd Alstrom, "not to mention showing the world that America is a brewing country to watch. Their attitude is infectious…their beers are bold and aggressive. I love them!"

One might think that the opinions of the site's founders might weigh heavier in the rankings than that of a new member that has only been on the site for a few weeks. Not so. All voices, opinions, ratings and thoughts weigh equally in the system. "Once a member enters 20 ratings, their ratings get tabulated into the system and rank equally with everyone else's," explains Alstrom. "That's the beauty of the system, every member's opinion counts equally. Which is why we use the motto 'There are no beer experts, just beer drinkers with opinions.'"

"I can think of no better compliment than to be told by beer enthusiasts that Stone Brewing consistently brews the best beers in the US," says Stone CEO Greg Koch. "And by earning this recognition from BeerAdvocate, we're being sent that compliment by thousands and thousands of enthusiasts!"

Stone Brewing is located at 155 Mata Way in San Marcos, and is one of the country's 500 fastest growing companies according to Inc. Magazine. For more information on Stone Brewing, go to or call the brewery at (760) 471-4999 xt. 102.