Biography: Greg Koch

Greg Koch is Co-­‐Founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, California. Since Greg started the company with his partner Steve Wagner in 1996, Stone has become one of the fastest growing and highest rated breweries in the world. Brewing over 177,000 barrels in 2012, Stone is ranked the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States, a position it achieved without ever advertising, discounting, giving away freebies or compromising.  Twice named "All-­‐Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine, Stone Brewing Co. owns and operates the farm-­‐to-­‐table restaurant Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, as well as Stone Catering, Stone Distributing, and Stone Farms.
 
Greg passionately believes that environmental and social sustainability go hand-­‐in-­‐hand with brewing mind-­‐ blowing beer, and he enjoys speaking on topics ranging from craft beer to business philosophy to food to marketing.
 
As co-­‐author of two books—The Craft of Stone Brewing, Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance and The Brewer’s Apprentice—Greg  is recognized as one of the leading experts and advocates in the craft brewing world, and was named “2012 Most Admired CEO” by the San Diego Business Journal. You can follow his musings on Twitter: @StoneGreg.