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2013 Winter Stout Fest

2013 Winter Stout Fest

My fourth annual Winter Stout Fest was held on December 7th (yes, I am a little late with this write up). As you will see below it was a beer tasting that will live in infamy, though in this case “infamy” is a good thing. Wanting to take a step up from last year I contacted Adroit Theory Brewing Company in my home town, Purcellville, VA, about hosting the event. While construction won’t be completed for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tastings

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.

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.