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Stone Brewing

Microsoft Dynamics AX for craft brewing, retailing and restaurants
Customer Experience

Brewery/restaurant achieves robust functionality in financials, purchasing, production and retail.

Stone Brewing Co. (Stone) is known for brewing big character, aggressive beers. One of the fastest growing breweries in the United States since 1996, Stone is consistently rated as one of the best craft brewers in the world. In addition to producing amazing beer, the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens plays host to countless wildly popular beer and dining events, and is the largest purchaser of local, organic produce in San Diego County, including a growing amount from their own Stone Farms.

Stone retail locations are also a big hit among fans. Stone currently has several locations where you can pick up a statement t-shirt in addition to other apparel and accessories, refill your growler, or just sit back and relax, enjoying your favorite brew.

We required a scalable, innovative solution that would improve efficiency while streamlining and standardizing processes across our departments. We selected Microsoft Dynamics AX to achieve these objectives. We partnered with Columbus for their implementation experience with Dynamics AX, the industry knowledge they bring, and their deep understanding of our business.

Craig Spitz



Stone has grown significantly since its founding in 1996. Stone’s existing systems were not able to keep up with the growth and added complexities of their current business operations. The Stone Executive Team needed a new system to improve automation and manage operations more effectively, while reducing the number of disparate systems that would need to be supported. The solution needed to be an integrated ERP providing tighter controls through financials, production, purchasing and retail.

Vision and Value

Columbus addressed many operational requirements and successfully demonstrated Microsoft Dynamics AX to the Stone Executive Team. They were impressed with how the Dynamics AX solution could manage processes throughout the company’s operations and address their key requirements in finance, production and retail. In addition, Stone saw the potential to eliminate disparate systems that they currently have to maintain. Bryon Wischstadt, Associate Director of IT, also realizes the advantage of the full integration with the Microsoft technology stack.

We have valued our business partnership with Columbus during our rapid growth in both size and complexity over the past 9 years. They have supported our unique business challenges as a brewery, a distributor, a restaurant, a retail organization and an online business.

Steve Wagner

President, Stone Brewing Company

“My team was pleased to learn how Dynamics AX was developed on the SQL Server platform and provides bi-directional integration into the Microsoft applications like Excel and SharePoint. We are able to leverage our existing Microsoft infrastructure and easily extend needed automation to our business community.” Bryon Wischstadt, Associate Director of IT

Categories: Food, Microsoft Dynamics AX

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