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Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

In late July, Tom and Todd of The Brewski Boxscore hosted quite the Epic tasting. What once started as a modest goal to simply taste the last three or so releases from Stone’s Vertical Epic series quickly blossomed into a drive to collect the whole set. During their travels along the East coast for family visits and summer vacations, Tom and Todd found vintage bottles of the Vertical Epics sitting on store shelves, seemingly content … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian, Cellar, Reviews, Stone Brewing Co., Vertical

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Churchkey’s night of Vertical Epics not only featured Stone’s yearly special releases all the way back to 2003, it had a few of the offers aged in various barrels as well. Having never had a true barrel aged beer from Stone, I saw this as a unique opportunity to discern whether or not any were better from the barrel! Churchkey had the 07.07.07 Belgian strong pale ale (BSPA) and the 09.09.09 Belgian strong dark ale … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Strong Pale Ale, Wine

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

12.12.12 at Churchkey in Washington, DC was truly a day we all won’t soon forget. The bar managed to tap nine years worth of Stone Brewing Company‘s Vertical Epics: 03.03.03 through 12.12.12, including special versions of ’07 and ’09 aged in red wine barrels and ’10 aged in French Oak barrels. To top that, Sam Calagione (yes, of Dogfish Head) was in the building to promote his collaboration with Bluejacket. I got to have a quick conversation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Cellar, IPA, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Wine

Stone Smoked Porter: Original, Vanilla Bean, or Chipotle Peppers?

Stone Smoked Porter: Original, Vanilla Bean, or Chipotle Peppers?

Stone is a brewery this blog is pretty familiar with…and personally I’ve been shown no reason for that to change. Last year I skipped out on trying the Smoked Porter variants–with vanilla beans and chipotle peppers–but when the time came this year I didn’t make the same mistake again. Figuring it would make a good post, I grabbed regular Smoked Porter on my way to the register and opened them over the last week to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Smoked Porter, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone Brewing Company has been, and most likely will remain, one of the powerhouses in the craft beer world. This year is special for them, as their Ruination IPA–the first full-time brewed and bottled Double IPA on the planet–celebrated its 10th anniversary in June. On June 11th, Stone released a new brew to “celebrate a glorious decade of hoppy decadence with even more hops,” dubbed Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA. Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

The Bruery, Elysian, and Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

The Bruery, Elysian, and Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

Saying either the breweries or the name of this beer is kind of a mouthful, let alone the two together. For this collaboration, Tyler King and Patrick Rue represented the Bruery, Dick Cantwell for Elysian, and Mitch Steele from Stone. As this was brewed on September 7th, 2011 and released outside the breweries on October 31, I’m not really on top of the “Drink this Fresh” commandment on the bottle. In my defense, I bought it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Elysian Brewing Co., Fruit / Vegetable Beer, Stone Brewing Co., The Bruery

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

I’m known for my, well, “inexpensive” tastes in beer.  One of the greatest rewards in my craft beer quest is finding those special brews that offer taste competitive with the big and rare beers, for a fraction of the price.  In the interest of furthering this pursuit, an interesting idea popped into my head while browsing the aisles of Total Wine & More Chantilly. As I passed a Stone Brewing Company display, I noticed sixers of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Imperial IPA, IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Z-Bar Meet the Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

Z-Bar Meet the Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

The Z-Bar (also known as the Deli) is a bar in State College, PA that is currently running a series called “Meet the Brewer” on Wednesday nights. Each night highlights a different brewery, and you get a sampler of selected beers paired with a plate of tapas. I recently went to the “Stone Brewing Company” rendition, my first experience in this series. We got 4oz of 5 different beers: Levitation, the Smoked Porter, 11.11.11., the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Stone Brewing Co., Tastings

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

With their 15th Anniversary beer, Stone makes the argument that Escondidians do it better. Tossing aside the common ‘Cascadian’ part of the Dark Ale title, Greg Koch instead prefers to represent the region where Stone is located. Head Brewmaster Mitch Steele describes it as such: “Intense herbal and piney hops are followed by roasted malt notes redolent of coffee, anise, and cocoa, all coming together to form one of the darkest, hoppiest and most colossal … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Black Ale, Beer, Stone Brewing Co.