San Diego Business Journal

Hoist one for San Diego’s craft brewing industry. Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 15 craft beer makers in the U.S., according to a tabulation of 11,500 voters asked to choose from a select field of 72 brewers by a USA Today poll. Stone is now the 10th largest brewery in the U.S. according to the paper. That is quite an achievement considering that there are thousands of craft beer makers. Three other breweries from California made the list, including No.7, Lagunitas Brewing Co, of Petaluma. Four beer producers from Colorado also made the list. Listed as No. 1 is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery located in Milton, Del. ... San Diego-based fitness firm Stroller Strides rebrands as Fit4Mom, and announces that it has reached a record 275 franchises nationwide. Lisa Druxman founded the firm 10 years ago as a way for mothers of young children to get into shape and stay fit. There’s more on her new online enterprise at momonamissiontv.com … James Markham, founder of Carlsbad-based fast-casual pizzeria store Project Pie says he’s about to expand into the Philippines. He already has a second outlet in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. At the shops, customers create pies from chosen ingredients, and have their orders served five minutes later ... As of Aug. 12, San Diego-based Sophiris Bio announces that it’s set to raise $65 million in a public stock offering on Nasdaq. Shares already trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Sophiris (TSX: SHS), which is developing a treatment for enlarged prostates and is hoping to sell 5 million shares at $13 a share. Another San Diego life science company Conatus Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CNAT) raised $66 million recently, selling 6 million shares at $11 a share. The two local companies are among the more than two dozen life science firms planning or having IPOs this year in what is proving to be a boom year, following years of drought … Finally this item of note: San Diego-based startup The Control Group invited its employees and their dogs to cruise San Diego Bay recently to celebrate the company’s third anniversary and raise awareness for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The company, a developer of the website InstantCheckmate.com — which the company says is one of the largest search engines in the world for personal data such as criminal records and other public records — donated towels and blankets to the privately run shelter for lost and abandoned pets. Till next week.

Contributing Editor Tom York pens the SDBJ Insider. You can reach him via email at tyork@sdbj.com.