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Erich Berger, an actor in a video produced by Action Greensboro, is in revolutionary garb for the production that it is being submitted as part of a proposal to Stone Brewery company at the Mellow Mushroom on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Greensboro, NC. Berger played the role of an arrogant tour guide talking about other notable arrogant people in Greensboro's history. The Stone Brewery company's Arrogant Bastard Ale is an acclaimed beer from their product line.

Updated 12:03 a.m.

GREENSBORO — Greensboro has made the short list of places that California-based Stone Brewing Co. may expand, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said Friday.

City and state leaders, including Gov. Pat McCrory, met with company officials Thursday night, showing off what Greensboro has to offer, Vaughan said.

Stone Brewing is planning to build a $29 million complex, including a brewery, a restaurant, a retail shop and event space.

Greensboro is one of six places the company is considering, Vaughan said.

The Greensboro Partnership showed company officials several sites Thursday that it may be able to use, Vaughan said. The company plans to make a decision in July, she said.

Greensboro went all out — including using a social media campaign — to lure the brewery, which specializes in craft brands. Vaughan also traveled to California to meet with company officials.

Vaughan said the City Council will likely consider offering Stone Brewing an economic incentive to locate here.

“If they are looking for an East Coast distribution hub, I can’t see any city that is better situated than we are,” Vaughan said.

Cecelia Thompson, director of the nonprofit community development group Action Greensboro, said she felt good about the delegation’s tour Thursday, during which company representatives sampled some of the area’s other craft beers.

“We felt that there was a warm welcome for them and that they enjoyed meeting a lot of different people from all walks of life,” she said.

Thompson said Stone Brewing has a lot to offer.

“Not only would it make a huge economic impact on our city in terms of manufacturing and distribution,” Thompson said, “but the intangible value really speaks to our community’s profile and building the city for the next generation.

“It’s a very cool company, and having that strong craft beer scene growing here, along with Natty Greene’s and Red Oak, is an exciting proposition.”


Posted 5:09 p.m. Friday

Greensboro has made the short list of places California-based Stone Brewing may expand, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said Friday.

City and state leaders, including Gov. Pat McCrory, met with company officials Thursday night, showing off what Greensboro has to offer, Vaughan said.

Stone Brewing Company is planning to build a $29 million complex, including a brewery, a restaurant, a retail shop, and an outdoor garden and event space. Greensboro is one of six places Stone Brewing is considering, according to the mayor.

Vaughan said Greensboro Partnership showed company officials several sites that they may be able to use Thursday. She said the company plans to make a decision in July.

Greensboro went all out to lure the brewery, including a social media campaign. Vaughan also traveled to California to meet with company officials.

Vaughan said the city council will likely consider offering Stone Brewing some kind of economic incentive to locate here.

"If they are looking for an east coast distribution hub, I can’t see any city that is better situated then we are," Vaughan said.

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