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Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

stone-bitter-chocolate-oatmeal-stoutStone 20th Anniversary Encore Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

9.2% ABV  |  $7.99 22oz

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Summer dreaming in late January…many of us do it. I am right now as I write this label. Planned to do the writing with a Stone Special Release beer from years past at Stone Winter Storm, which kicked off at the bistro today, but plans were side-railed by a cavalcade of like-minded folk. And they got the first dibs. I found myself not on the kick-back-with-a-beer side of the equation, but on the dutiful host side. It was too busy to even think about getting myself a beer, let alone have even a contemplative moment at the keyboard, so I talked with people, bussed glassware, etc. Customers first. Damn. That generally means a long while before I get MY beer. And so it was…the price of making working at an artisanal brewery your vocation. It puts you last in line as often as not as first. It was a nutty day, packed to the gills. Conversations everywhere comparing multiple years of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, Stone Vertical Epic Ales, etc. Without a beer in my hand I felt like I was on the outside looking in! Hours later, it’s dark, and I’m finally home. A moment to contemplate. A moment to enjoy a hard-earned beer! Time to write the label and muse on the things at hand. And what immediately jumps to mind? Hops. Or lack thereof. Never before have we ever had to think to ourselves, “What if we wanted to brew another new, über-hopped beer, but couldn’t because the hops weren’t available?” Well, that’s exactly the scenario we’re faced with now. It’s a situation that’s traveled from rumor to semi-awareness to hard reality to panic to grim resolution in the brewing industry in the last six months. For many, the hops may simply not be there. Some brewers are faced with the prospect of literally paying 10 times what they did the year before. Even worse, for others, the hops are simply not there. And so we found ourselves in a very limited position of possibilities for the Stone 12th Anniversary Ale. What the hell are we going to brew if it’s not going to be a really hoppy beer? We only broke from brewing a big hopped beer once—the Stone 8th Anniversary Ale—and that time it was by choice. Fortunately, this time we actually had a predilection towards a style of beer that doesn’t require big hops, so there’s a lucky convergence between what we wanted to brew and what we actually could. Instead of the bitterness of hops, we turned to the decadent bitterness of chocolate (obtained with a little help from our favorite local artisanal chocolate guys at Chuao Chocolatier). Think big oatmeal and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Yum, especially considering it’s actually an oatmeal time of year right now. (Most people consider chocolate time to be any time, and when it’s artisanal chocolate at hand, we’re inclined to agree.) And when you open this, by virtue of this beer’s very nature, it will again be an oatmeal time of year. You can let a big oatmeal pillow (with a bitter chocolate placed “just so” on it) take you away and perhaps you can enjoy a little “January dreaming in late summer.” If such a thing even exists…

-Greg Koch

Stone Americano Stout


stone-americano-stoutStone Americano Stout has arrived!

8.7% ABV  |  65 IBU’s  |  $14.99/6pk

From stonebrewing.com:

Stone Americano Stout – Brewed with some serious beans
The coffee notes in Stone Americano Stout are bold, rich and full of American swagger. For each 120-barrel batch, we incorporated over 250 lbs. of artisanal espresso-roast beans into the mash and added in Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade hops to invigorate the coffee taste with a slight citrus and resin hop presence. When it came time to selecting our coffee, we chose the same local roasters who contributed to our sought-after 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout. Their fantastic beans helped us achieve this dark, hoppy and wonderfully aromatic espresso stout.

Stone Brewing Co. – 24 Carrot Cake Beer

Stone Brewing / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw  24 Carrot Golden Ale just hit the shelves!

stone-24-carrot-golden-aleBecause this is in such limited supply, we’re putting it out at 1 bottle per person to share it with as many people as possible.

A strong Belgian ale brewed with carrots, cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla beans that won’t last long for sure so get yours as soon as possible.

24 Carrot Cale Ale just came in moments ago so we can’t tell you precisely how it tastes so below is information pulled off of: http://www.stonebrewing.com/collab/24carrot/

Style: BELGIAN STYLE ALE  |  ABV: 8.5%  |  IBUs: 40

     2015 marked the seventh year of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition. Juli Goldenberg, this year’s winner, added carrots, raisins, cinnamon and more to a Belgian-style golden strong ale to create a beer that is the liquid embodiment of carrot cake.

     As the name implies, this beer is richly aromatic and envelopes the palate with decadent flavors of cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, vanilla, carrots and raisins plus subtle malt sweetness, ending with a medium-dry finish. It’s nothing short of brilliant and well deserving of the 24 karat (carrot?) golden opportunity to be brewed by Stone and distributed across the country.