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RICHMOND, Va. — Just over a year after staking Richmond as its East Coast hub, Stone Brewing is beefing up its capacity.

The California-based brewery on Thursday brought four 1,000-barrel tanks to its facility at 4300 Williamsburg Ave. in Fulton.

The new hardware puts Stone’s system at a 250-barrel brewing system – among the largest beer operations in Richmond. Comparatively, one of the area’s smaller breweries, Final Gravity Brewing Co., operates a two-barrel system.

Stone’s Richmond operation is on track to brew about 100,000 barrels, or 3 million gallons of beer this year, accounting for about 25 percent of the company’s total production.

The brewery, for which the city and state laid out a $30 million incentive plan, also is adding to its staff.

Stone’s director of East Coast operations Jeff Martin said the Richmond facility is adding 15 full-time positions in its packaging, quality assurance and support departments.

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