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Big news today from Greg Koch and Steve Wagner of Stone Brewing Co. They are releasing an RFP (request for proposal) seeking an opportunity to open up shop somewhere in Europe. This is quite interesting news indeed – I don’t think this has happened before, where an American craft brewery branched out to Europe. Here is what Greg had to say on his blog:

This is a very exciting project for Steve and me…and all of us at Stone Brewing. We’re going to be learning quite a bit with this endeavor, first and foremost: Will we be welcome? We’re approaching this with no assumptions other than we’d like to consider any and all options (other than having our beers contract brewed by another brewery, as that’s simply not our style). Many of the countries of Europe have great brewing traditions. Some countries are also currently experiencing a bit of a resurgence of small, independent (and independent thinking) breweries. As anyone knows that has visited the Stone Brewing Co. and our attached restaurant – the Stone World Bistro & Gardens – where we have more Guest taps than we do of Stone, we enjoy sharing the camaraderie of great craft beers. We look forward to joining in the fight in Europe by doing our part to add to the growing trend towards unique, flavorful artisanal beers, as opposed to the mass-blandification efforts characterized by megabrand sameness!

There is a video on Stone’s blog of Greg and Steve explaining the idea, check it out.

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