Officials toast as pieces of Stone brewery fall into place

Posted at 2:42 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 14:42:59-05

Some big names in local and state government raised their glasses to the raising of the roof of Stone Brewing Co.’s East Coast headquarters last week.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Mayor Dwight Jones convened at the site of Stone’s new brewery at 4300 Williamsburg Ave. to toast the lifting of the building’s roof so its massive fermentation tanks could be lowered into the 200,000-square-foot facility.Members of Stone’s executive ranks were also on hand.

“It’s been a phenomenal experience,” Stone COO Pat Tiernan said of the development process. “You guys have done what you said.”

McAuliffe touted the economic impact craft brewing is having in Virginia – Stone’s Richmond operation will add 300 jobs. And there are more than 130 craft breweries in Virginia. McAuliffe said he planned to be the first governor in Virginia’s history to visit them all.

“It is not easy being governor,” he quipped.

McAuliffe took the opportunity to relish in the region’s successful luring of Stone.

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