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  1. Momentos Cerveceros
    September 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

    I can’t belive it

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  2. Kurt
    August 21, 2020 @ 2:25 pm

    Stone took a turn for the worse after Mitch left. For the last 3 to 4 years, most of their new releases or growler fills releases have been almost undrinkable with a weird yeast/hop aftertaste that is not pleasant. I think it has been 3 years since I went to Stone to get a growler fill. I used to be addicted to their Enjoy By series but it has definitely changed since it first came out and I can barely make it through a six pack yet I buy every release in hopes that things will change. I opened their 24th anniversary IPA last night. The aroma on the beer was great and I thought they might had turned the corner but unfortunately it left the same weird taste in my mouth like all their other beers. Even their remake of Ruin Ten was a slight disappointment as it is not the same as it was before. I used to eat drink and breathe Stone but now I find myself reaching for Beachwood and Pizza Port as they seem to have mastered making really good IPAs on a consistent basis.

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  3. Matt
    August 21, 2020 @ 9:30 am

    Hard disagree with all the backlash against Stone nowadays. Their beer is freakin’ solid in an industry full of decaying quality and unimpressive hype beers. I still buy Stone IPA regularly… Why? Because it’s good. The people who winge about them “going after the little guy” when the company is forced to defend their name do not understand trademark law. Bravo to Stone for sticking to their guns and staying independent, when the rest of the industry has been forced to rely on private equity – or worse – hard seltzer production to prop their bottom line.

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  4. Former Stoner
    August 17, 2020 @ 9:47 am

    This is a great article. Sadly as a former employee I have to agree 100% that the heyday of Stone is long gone. I use to love working there. I was proud of the products I sold and the team I worked with. But somewhere along the line things shifted. Sales were priority over quality of product. “Team Stone” was truly a family. But over the years we became just another number. When I was let go amid Covid (along with 300+ others) it was via text, telling me to return my ID card and pickup my last check… I had worked there for 10 years. They have no respect for the employees that made their company what it is.

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  5. Marc G
    August 10, 2020 @ 4:35 pm

    Show me a company that hasn’t had problems…
    I was with A-B when it was the family business, and we had a identity problem with bud light, but we showed the world a party animal dog and away we went…
    So, walk away from the b.s and watch….

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  6. steve
    August 7, 2020 @ 11:54 am

    right on Brother Dan!!! You may not “save the world”….. but you may encourage Greg and his merrymakers to realize that Stone is quickly becoming irrelevant to many 50+ beer drinkers who still LOVE and DRINK alot of good beer. My experience with the under 40 crowd is that Stone is just “another” good beer amongst hundreds of others.

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  7. George Rodgerson
    August 7, 2020 @ 10:29 am

    One of the breweries Stone is suing, absurdly claiming universal rights to the word “stone” is tiny Sawstone Brewery. Sawstone Brewery is located in a historic, limestone block (sawstone) building in the small east Kentucky town of Morehead. The building was beautifully restored by the three owners. In a short period, it has become a much loved part of our community. This part of Appalachia has seen its share of big city sharks exploiting us and we have survived. I think of Stone brewery and its army of high paid lawyers as just another group of exploiters. Win or loose, shame on Stone Brewery.

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  8. Rock E. Stone
    August 7, 2020 @ 2:41 am

    Well hell, after getting through writing my long comment/ story,as usual, I hit the
    ” send to Outer Cyber Space ”
    key (I’m not really sure which one it is because it is a shapeshifter and must jump around a lot ! All I know is that I have an uncanny ability to find it everytime I write more than 5 words at a time! Ohoh!,how many is that?)
    I will push my luck one more time and try to finish this !
    I think most guys have a little Arrogant Bastard in them , and if drinking a beer will let them feel a little bit more “Worthy” , then so be it !
    Keep doing what you do best , and things will
    work out !
    How much do you suppose it would cost to buy all the STONE BREWING CO. beer that hasnt been drunk (or is it “dranked”?) yet ? 100 mil.? I say sell it and start over again , with just enough small batches for me and a few close friends! Wow ,its still here! Hurry and hit post !
    Rock E. Stone

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  9. Crewsh
    August 6, 2020 @ 6:26 pm

    I visited their brewery in Point Loma, and I didn’t care at all for the vibe. A security guard with an earpiece in confiscated my beer because I accidentally wandered into a courtyard in the middle of the beer garden I apparently wasn’t supposed to. Not a “Hey bud, can’t be over there, c’mon back in.” No, they confiscated my beer. Fuck Stone, and their dated, bitter beers that all taste the same.

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  10. Ryan Cullison
    August 6, 2020 @ 4:16 pm

    Hire me. I’ll work my ass off in bringing stone back to, and beyond, it’s glory days.

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  11. Andy
    August 6, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

    Good article. I, too, have noticed that I care far less about Stone these days, and it’s been a weird realization considering how excited I used to get about Stone even just two years ago. I live in San Diego so I do see their beers all over the place and I still get their email newsletters so I’m aware of what they’re up to. While I don’t drink nearly as much beer as I did even two years ago, I still buy craft beer frequently enough and I try to stay informed about what’s new and exciting while also relying on my old standbys for consistency and satisfaction. While I don’t follow the comings and goings of the Stone executive team, I am fully aware as a beer consumer about what excites me and what doesn’t. Sadly Stone hasn’t excited me for at least two years now and I wish that wasn’t the case. I also want to see them move forward and become an exciting brewery once again.

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  12. Marin Attorney
    August 6, 2020 @ 11:24 am

    Karma is a b**ch.

    I say that with some malice, as the law is my profession, and when I see it used as a publicity stunt (vs. Coors for Keystone) or to unjustifiably hammer a tiny, unknown competitor (vs. Sawstone in Moorhead, KY) I get ticked. It’s clients like Stone Brewing that let lawyers give themselves a bad name.

    I’ll avoid Stone products, and I recommend others do so as well. Maybe, just maybe, Stone will apologize and repay Sawstone for its legal costs.

    But I’ve never known true @$$#°£€$ to fess up.

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  13. sara m
    August 6, 2020 @ 8:33 am

    Amen.

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  14. Davey Jones
    August 6, 2020 @ 7:59 am

    Stone will always have a place in my heart. The first true craft beer I fell in love with was Arrogant Bastard and i still occasionally seek it out. However, when Stone filed a copyright case against an otherwise unknown brewery, it really tarnished the brand for me. Perhaps they could salvage themselves by coming out an saying that it was intended to drive publicity to this small brewery, but apparently the case is already set for court, so that is out. They would be better served to sell to *gasp* InBev, than to keep their current business practices going. The one thing that Sierra Nevada does is make good, consistent, beer. So you’re right, they could steal a page from that playbook. Their is no need to for that self-promotion shenanigans in craft beer these days. Just make better beer and be true to your customers and people will buy it.

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  15. Ken
    August 5, 2020 @ 8:23 pm

    I am thinking about Stone Ruined Again TIPA. Happy this came back. Fantastic, Love it and still a fan!

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