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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

Great American Beer Festival 2012

Great American Beer Festival 2012

For the third consecutive year, I was fortunate enough to attend the Great American Beer Festival. I attended the Saturday evening session this year, and the medals had already been passed out by the time I got to the Convention Center. The highlight of my day was wearing a Tröegs shirt after they cleaned up with three gold medals (Dreamweaver Wheat, HopBack Amber Ale, and Sunshine Pilsner) and the 2012 Mid-Size Brewery of the Year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival

Beer Braised Chicken Sandwiches

Beer Braised Chicken Sandwiches

With the semester finally coming to a close and being back in State College, I’ve come to a conclusion: I’ve gotten really bad about cooking. I was making things here and there, but I was intrinsically interested in very little of it and mainly using it as solely a source for sustenance… since people tell me coffee doesn’t count as a meal. Even when looking for recipes for cooking with beer, nothing was really jumping out … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking

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

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.