Source: California-based Stone Brewing Co. tapping Richmond, Va., for its East Coast facility

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One of the nation's top 10 craft breweries is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations.

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An official briefed on the deal says Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. plans to build a facility in Richmond.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to talk to the press ahead of a Thursday announcement by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

In its request for proposals, Stone said it expects to invest $60 million in the project over five years and employ nearly 375 people when at full production capacity of nearly 500,000 barrels annually.

The facility will include a bistro, gardens and a company store similar to its California facility and its recently announced brewery in Berlin.

Stone will join more than 80 craft breweries in Virginia.