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Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, brewed with Stone debuts

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, the fourth in the brewery’s Partner Ships Series, has officially debuted.

Thus far there have been three collaborative releases. The first – a red IPA brewed with Maine Beer Company. That ode to hops was followed up by a collaboration with Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing, and most recently, a rye witbier brewed with Terrapin.

The fourth release is brewed with one of California’s most well-known breweries, Stone. Brew day was back in October for this imperial brown IPA brewed with blackstrap molasses.

Brewed with Blackstrap Molasses in the kettle, chewy malt character supports layers of American hop mayhem (we are playing with Stone after all) – a burly, palate obliterating Imperial Brown IPA!

Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown IPA will be available in 22 ounce bottles. Estimated release – November, 2016.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Blackstrap Molasses)
Hops: Centennial, Palisade, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, UK Amber Malt, Brown Malt, Crystal

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

9% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout returns

Stone Xocoveza

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout started as a collaboration with AHA Homebrewer Competition Winner, Chris Banker, and Mexican craft brewery Cerveceria Insurgente. Now the instant hit from the Escondido, California based brewery’s collaboration series returns.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout is built from a milk stout recipe, brewed with chocolate (from ChocoVivo), cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee (from Mostra Coffee) and chilies.

Harmoniously layered with cocoa, Mostra coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar, this beer is an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks entirely to you and fan demand, it has gone from being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition too special to skip.

The brewery is now bringing it back as a limited winter seasonal release, with a slightly different moniker – Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year. Officially shipping in 12 ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coffee, Chocolate, Chilies, Lactose)
Hops: English Challenger, English East Kent Golding

National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; Korea; Sweden; and United Kingdom

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Latest Return: October, 2016

6% ABV

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Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA: 10/31/16

Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA

Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA hits shelves again now, part of the brewery’s ongoing dedication to freshness. Tangerine IPA is joined periodically throughout the year with other rotating variants such as Unfiltered IPA and Black IPA.

This latest edition of Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA has an “expiration date” of Halloween, October 31st. Find it, and drink it by that date or else.

After brewing this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops and consistently delivering it faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, we decided to do something different with this Stone Enjoy By IPA—we took it to another level, again. Puréed tangerines were added to the batch to create a devastatingly fresh IPA with a tang of tangerine. The flavors yielded by this addition to the recipe meld beautifully with the bitterness of the hops. True to this series, Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and should be enjoyed within 37 days.

Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA is available across Stone’s distribution footprint starting in late September. It will be available on draft as well as in 6 packs and 22oz bottles.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Tangerine)
Hops: Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Helga
Availability: 22oz, 12oz Bottles, Draft.

Latest Release: Late September, 2016.
Enjoy By: 10/31/16

9.4% ABV

Note: This article will be updated with the latest releases of Enjoy By Tangerine IPA. 

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Vanilla Bean Porter debuts

Stone Vanilla Bean Stout

Stone Vanilla Bean Porter has joined the Escondido, California brewery’s fall lineup.

In the past, Stone has released a vanilla bean based beer – Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. Those that don’t mind a touch of smoke in their beer, loved it.

Stone Vanilla Bean Porter combines the flavors of a chocolate malt porter, with the world renown Madagascar Vanilla Bean. The brewery describes this beer as having a light creaminess, thanks to the world’s second most expensive spice, with chocolate and coffee undertones from the chocolate malt.

There’s nothing simple or run of the mill about this “little pod” cultivated from the finicky vines of the Indian Ocean islands vanilla orchids. The thousands of richly aromatic seeds buried inside each of these plump vanilla fruit pods became our beer-making muse for this vanilla bean chocolate malt porter recipe. Distinguished by the Madagascar vanilla bean, this lux ingredient imparts a delicate creaminess and palate-seducing softness. Additionally, its presence heightens the roundness of the chocolate undertones and hints of coffee typically associated with beers this style. Dripping in the world’s second-most expensive spice, this porter is extremely drinkable with just the right amount of vanilla bean richness and deepness.

Stone Vanilla Bean Porter is available on draft, and in 12 ounce bottles; part of the brewery’s Cabin Fever Mixed Pack.

Style: Porter (w/ Vanilla Beans)
Hops: Chinook, Magnum, Idaho 7, Motueka and Azacca
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Distribution: AK, AR, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA WI

Debut: Late September, 2016

5.9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Hops & Honey: Stone Citracado IPA

Stone Citracado IPA

Stone Citracado IPA has debuted here in August, 2016. The brewery celebrates 20 years of brewing this year.

The Escondido, California based brewery knows hops. Loves hops. Honestly, their India pale ale and various approaches have changed the beer scene in America. Perhaps with so many wins under Stone’s belt, it’s easy to get excited when another hoppy beer is afoot.

Stone Citracado IPA is brewed with the ever-so-hot Citra hops, plus a dose of avocado flower honey. Loosely, those are the same elements that make Bell’s Hopslam so popular (hoppy, with a touch of finishing sweetness).  Ed note. Before your blood boils for saying that beer geeks, not everyone is an expert on beer like you. Some folks need a little correlation or perspective.

For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops has challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So Its only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region).
“Citracado” also teases the two key Ingredients of this been “Citra” refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. “Cado” inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!

Taste: Stone has created another winner in the hop spectrum. Citra really takes the stage (and shines) in this release. Thank to an addition of Avocado flower honey, you won’t have a lot of bitterness to deal with. 22 ounces doesn’t last long.

Stone Citracado IPA is a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. Drink fresh, drink now.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Avocado Flower Honey)
Hops: Citra

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: Mid-August, 2016

9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Spotlight: Stone Farking Wheaton w00t Stout 2016

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2016 Trooper

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2016 has returned to shelves once again July 11th. This year marks the fourth release of this geek collaborative.

In 2013, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing teamed up with Will Wheaton (aka Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: Next Gen) and Fark.com founder Drew Curtis. The collective created Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, an imperial stout with pecans and rye malt that was partially barrel aged.

2014 brought w00tstout 2.0, and a new actress into the collaboration, Aisha Tyler.

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2016 is a complex beer as it warms up. The imperial stout is softened by the wheat presence, and nuanced by pecan and bourbon soaked oak. A fun break from the lighter beers of summer. Yes, you could cellar it, but keep in mind, it’s quite good now.

This barrel-aged palate-saver has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. Pecans, wheat, flaked rye and bourbon-soaked wood provide this whopping, complex superhero version of an imperial stout with a profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring—if you can wait that long. Now, we can’t say this beer bestows superpowers, exactly, but your taste buds may just be fooled into believing as much.

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2016 is a 22oz bottle and draft offering. Snag soon, shelves are getting thin nearly a month into the release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ PecansRyeBarrel AgedBourbon)
Hops: Target
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Distribution: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Internationally: Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand

Arrival: July, 2016

13% ABV, 65 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA returns again on August 1st

Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA joined the “Enjoy By” drink fresh lineup for the first time this year. The next release is coming in August.

Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA is based on the original Enjoy By IPA, with a brewing step omitted. The brewery doesn’t filter out the extra yeast, hop sediment, and proteins that occur during the process.

The result, as described by Stone Brewing, is enhanced tropical and peach flavors from the hops. The result is a golden, hazy, imperial IPA.

Like its filtered counterpart, this IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and is shipped immediately to ensure hopheads get their hands on it as soon as possible.

Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA will return again as Enjoy By 09.05.16, starting August 1st.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Nugget,Super Galena, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Helga

Availability: 22oz Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: 8/1/16

9.4% ABV, 90 IBUs

Ed note: This article will serve as the primary source for each return of this beer going forward. Bookmark it for more.