Published on April 27th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
A Look At The Greg Koch & Stone Brewing-Related Documentary “The Beer Jesus From America”
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the “500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies” list of Inc. 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate twice.
The multifaceted company operates brewing facilities in Escondido, California and Richmond, Virginia, in addition to tap room locations throughout the U.S., Germany and China. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers, while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging to never, ever, sell out to “the man.”
Interestingly, the true story of Stone Brewing has finally been documented in cinematic form. The new documentary The Beer Jesus From America will be screened virtually on Stone Brewing’s YouTube channel on May 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM PST. The film chronicles co-founder Greg Koch’s tumultuous journey to becoming the first American to build, own and operate his own large-scale independent craft brewery in Europe. The Beer Jesus From America is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and its filmmakers just announced a worldwide film distribution deal earlier this month.
Also new-ish from Stone Brewing is its Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager. Brewer Ben Sheehan created this beer while working down at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager’s inspiration comes from Southern California, which is vibrantly-influenced by our neighbors to the South. California’s spoiling, warm weather encourages outdoor activity year round, and now the rest of the nation can join in. From surfing our coasts, to snowboarding and biking in the mountains, off-roading through deserted lands, or boating and fishing in our lakes, Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager is an excellent companion. It’s a thrillingly-crisp, clean, refreshing Mexican-style lager that quenches thirsts, while gratifying taste buds via lime and sea salt.