After opening to much fanfare three years ago, Stone Brewing Co. has sold its Berlin brewery to Brewdog.
According to a post on Stone’s website, there were multiple reasons for the decision, but the main issue was the construction industry in Berlin, which Stone co-founder Greg Koch called “broken.”
“Yes, there’s a lot of bureaucracy,” said Koch in a post on Stone’s website. “The U.S. has more than a bit of that, so we were prepared for it. The real challenge was the tendency of our contractors to stop everything when a problem arose. The refrain I heard over and over was, ‘These things take time.’ Got a question? Stop everything. Unanticipated challenge? Stop everything. Review the contracts. Stop everything. Reconsider. Throw the baby out with the bathwater. But most of all, stop everything.”
A post on Brewdog’s website indicates the brewery will take possession of the facility on May 1 and will immediately set to work turning the brewery into a space “similar to the vibe we have created at our Columbus brewery.” In addition, the new Brewdog location will the next destination for Brewdog Airlines.
In 2014, Stone announced the new facility was being built in a historic gasworks building which dates to 1901, but it took until Sept. 14, 2016 for the first independently built American-owned and operated craft brewery in Germany to actually open. Stone spent an estimated $25 million for the two-acre location that includes a brewhouse, a packaging and distribution center, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.
According to Stone, its beers will continue to be distributed throughout Europe—currently available in 26 countries—and Brewdog has confirmed that it will continue to brew Stone’s beers at its new location.