California's Stone Brewing Company — the nation's tenth largest craft brewer in terms of sales — has announced plans to open a sprawling two-acre brewery and restaurant complex in Berlin. The projected $25 million project will include the renovation of a century-old former gasworks facility into a shiny, custom-built stainless steel brewhouse, complete with a retail store and farm-to-table, "slow-food-style" restaurant. In a statement, Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch calls it a "historic moment" for the company, which claims to be the first American craft brewer to "independently own and operate a brewery in Europe." The facility is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.
Other U.S. craft brewers have been looking to expand their European presence, as well — albeit not entirely on their own. Brooklyn Brewery, for one, previously partnered with D. Carnegie & Co. and Carlsberg Sweden to open a production facility in Stockholm. Sweden, oddly enough, is the outer-borough brand's second biggest market after its own home state of New York. Here's a video from Stone about the forthcoming Berlin project:
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