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Stone Brewing invites consumers to help build wall at new brewery complex

Apr 4, 2005 - Stone Brewing Co. is looking for a few good stones. Well, more than a few. The Southern California brewery has invited the public to participate in building a stone wall at its new World Bistro & Gardens, a sprawling restaurant and beer garden being built in conjunction with a new brewery.


Construction of the wall, 14 feet at its tallest and 100 feet in length, will raise money for local charities.

Here is how it works. For a the donation, participants are being invited to place stones April 29-May 1. Stones may be chosen from the construction site or from their own backyard, although Stone asks they they be natural for the area. All proceeds will go to the Palomar Family YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, the CSUSM Foundation, and the Escondido Sunrise Rotary. For each donation, participants also receive a Stone Brewing gift certificate.

"I checked out all types of stone veneer on the market," Stone CEO Greg Koch said. "There's some beautiful stuff made from real stone, but we realized that using stones from the site, and from people's own backyards, would create a style and character far beyond any that could come from a veneer. We decided that there would be no better way to capture the look and feel we wanted than with the artistic touch of Stone fans and community supporters, and the idea was hatched."

Stones are arranged by participants within a framed area, and dirt is set in around the stones. Representatives from the construction crew, the Stone Brewing team and community volunteers will be on hand to guide the process. Once all the stones are in place, the construction crew will complete the job in the following week, first placing in the structural rebar and then pouring the concrete. Once the concrete cures, the wall is then lifted into place by crane.

Stone Brewing's new brewery facility is scheduled to be up-and-brewing in October 2005, with the restaurant being slated to open in late 2005.

For deails about stones, participation and contributions, visit the Stone website.

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