The former gasworks in Berlin, will be converted into a brewing facility by Stone Brewing Co

The former gasworks in Berlin, will be converted into a brewing facility by Stone Brewing Co

US craft brewer Stone has announced plans to open its own brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany. 

The Escondido, California-based firm, the US's tenth largest craft brewer by volume, is making an initial investment of US$25m to convert the existing site, a former gasworks plant. The project should be complete by “late-2015, or early-2016”. 

The brewhouse will have a capacity of "at least" 70 barrels (83 hectolitres) and produce year-round and special-release Stone beers that will be packaged, kegged and consumed on-site and “eventually distributed”, the company said.

'Stone Brewing Co – Berlin' will also feature a packaging hall, gardens and brewery store, across a total of 9,290 square metres, in Marienpark Berlin.

Stone said it will be the first US craft brewer to “independently own and operate a brewery in Europe”. New York City's Brooklyn Brewery and Carlsberg opened a joint-venture brewery in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this year

Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co's co-founder & CEO, said: “This is a historic moment for Stone ... Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”

Stone first signalled its intention to expand into Europe in 2009.

The brewer, founded in 1996, is also hoping to raise an extra US$1m to back the project, through crowd-funding site Indiegogo. Donors to the campaign can choose to receive either merchandise or special collaboration beers the company plans to produce with other craft brewers. 

Stone is also considering proposals to open a second US brewery, "east of the Mississippi". 

To watch a video about Stone Brewing Co's plans for Germany, click here.