SOURCE: Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing Co.

SOURCE: MicroStar Logistics

MicroStar Logistics

June 19, 2015 13:35 ET

Stone Brewing Chooses MicroStar Logistics to Enable Growth, Shrink Carbon Footprint

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO--(Marketwired - June 19, 2015) - As Stone Brewing, a top-10 craft brewer, prepares for continued rapid expansion with the construction of a new, $74 million East Coast brewery, they have extended their long-standing partnership with MicroStar Logistics. MicroStar's industry-leading keg management and keg quality services deliver the efficiency and flexibility Stone Brewing needs in today's rapidly changing beer landscape.

"MicroStar has been with us since the beginning and never let us down. By providing just-in-time keg deliveries, MicroStar has been integral to our growth," says Stone's Co-Founder and President Steve Wagner. "MicroStar also shares our deep commitment to sustainability. Their model decreases the miles our empty kegs travel and reduces our carbon footprint. Also, given their recent creation of MicroStar Quality Services, it is clear they are committed to maintaining the highest quality fleet and extending the life of the industry's most sustainable container: the stainless steel keg."

"Stone's relentless commitment to quality and innovation has earned them fanatical customer loyalty and torrid growth," says MicroStar's President and CEO Michael Hranicka. "We are proud to be aligned with such highly-respected, genuinely good people and look forward to a long future together. Our logistics solutions are perfectly designed to manage their increasingly sophisticated needs … allowing Stone to focus on brewing more award-winning beer."

Since joining the MicroStar program 15 years ago, Stone has grown by leaps and bounds. For every stage of growth, MicroStar's ability to deliver the kegs needed without the worries that come with keg ownership will be a valuable tool as Stone manages their growth in the coming years. MicroStar takes responsibility for repair and maintenance and eliminates the risk of loss or potential slow turns. By choosing MicroStar instead of owning their own kegs, Stone has also reduced their carbon footprint by over 400,000 kg of CO2e in 2014 alone, based on an analysis by Dr. John Heckman of thinkstep, Inc. That is equivalent to saving the amount of CO2e emitted by burning over 450,000 pounds of coal.

About Stone Brewing Co.

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 10 times, and has been called the "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to own and operate its own brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin late 2015. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit stonebrewing.com or the company's social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

About MicroStar

Founded in 1996 and based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, MicroStar is a leading supplier to the beer industry. MicroStar's Keg Management division leverages its pooled-network of 2 million+ kegs to deliver a cost-effective outsourced keg solution enabling brewers to grow while shrinking their carbon footprints. MicroStar's Quality Services division, formerly a division of Tosca, is the leading keg repair and maintenance operation helping to maintain the quality and lengthen the lifespan of some of the largest keg fleets in the world. For additional information, visit www.microstarlogistics.com.

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