Blasphemy? Stone Brewing CEO sees future beyond hoppy IPAs, eyes new Mexican-style lager, lighter fare

SAN DIEGO – San Diego’s Stone Brewing grew into the nation’s ninth-largest craft brewery over the past 25 years by being a top flag-bearer for strong, hoppy ales. Its Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard and Ruination beers helped pioneer the popularity of brawny West Coast IPAs. Today, though, the top beer pouring out of Stone’s limited capacity bistros is a citrusy, Mexican-style light — Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager —as consumer tastes shift toward less bitter, lower carb and better-for-you beverages. This sea change highlights one of several challenges facing Stone’s new Chief Executive Maria St…

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