There have been some rumors floating around for a while about Stone Brewing Co. opening a tasting room in South Park (first reported in San Diego Citybeat). Well those rumors just got official. Below is the email we just received from Stone. No word on the exact location, but we’ll let you know when we hear back.

Stone Brewing Co. is proud to announce plans to open a Stone Company Store in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. Stone believes that South Park—with it’s central location, pedestrian/bike friendly streets, and strong sense of local community—is the perfect location.

The Stone Company Store | South Park will bring Stone Brewing Co. merchandise and growler fills to the city of San Diego for the first time. It will allow fans of Stone’s fresh, locally-brewed beer to fill reusable glass jugs known as “growlers” with a variety of Stone beers. Growlers, which are endlessly reusable, are the most environmentally sustainable way to drink Stone beers at home.

Stone Co-Founder & CEO Greg Koch said, “South Park is such a wonderful community with a fantastic and growing craft beer scene. We are excited to contribute to the continued strengthening and development of this unique, tight-knit neighborhood.”

Stone Brewing Co. has signed a lease on a building to house The Stone Company Store | South Park and hopes to open by late 2010.