Updated: A Historic Partnership in the Craft Brewing Ranks

20:00 EDT 12 Aug 2015 | Globe Newswire

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) and Stone Brewing Co. are excited by their limited release collaboration beer, Temple of Stone IPA, which became available in all BJ's restaurants this month and is on pace to be one of the bestselling collaboration beers for BJ's restaurants. 

This is the first collaboration between the two Southern California-based companies. Stone is the ninth largest craft brewer in America and known for making bold, hop-centric beers, and BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is one of the fastest growing national restaurant chains expanding now along the Mid- Atlantic and Northeast. BJ's brews and sells its own proprietary beers along with offering a large selection of other craft beers on tap. Both BJ's and Stone have been brewing award-winning beer since 1996.

The result of the partnership is Temple of Stone IPA, which is currently available in all BJ's restaurants and will remain on tap through early September, or while supplies last. This unique collaboration IPA was brewed with malted wheat, new hops and elderflower. The use of wheat enhances the complex hop profile. Two modern hop varieties—Jarrylo and Belma—contribute fruity hop flavors that resemble blackberry and strawberry, while mellow floral notes of elderflower cover the palate.

"The brewers at Stone Brewing Co. are longtime friends of BJ's and are true craft brewing pioneers. We couldn't think of a better brewery to partner with for our annual collaboration beer," said Alex Puchner, Senior Vice President of Brewing Operations. "Together, we created Temple of Stone IPA, a hoppy IPA that's complex, engaging and extremely drinkable."

"It was great to collaborate with the team at BJ's and create a truly distinctive and flavorful IPA that showcases new hop varietals," said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. "Temple of Stone IPA represents two original craft brewers combining talent to create a recipe that highlights the industry's camaraderie."

Temple of Stone IPA was brewed at BJ's sixth and newest brewpub in Temple, Texas. Alex Puchner and Mitch Steele were joined by BJ's Brewmaster Michael Ferguson and Stone President, Co-founder and original Brewmaster Steve Wagner for a collaborative brewing day with BJ's Temple brewing team.

BJ's has a long history of brewing award-winning craft beers, which have won over 100 nationally recognized beer awards since 1996, forty of which were won during the past five years.

About BJ's Restaurants, Inc.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 167 casual dining restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ's Pizza & Grill® and BJ's Grill® brand names. BJ's Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. The Company operates several microbrewery restaurants in addition to using independent third party brewers to produce and distribute BJ's critically acclaimed craft beers. The Company's restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ's Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

About Stone Brewing Co.

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the ninth 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 in early 2016. 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 or the company's social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

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