Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) released two Quingenti offerings nationally today. This is the first time a Quingenti beer has hit full distribution.
The first of two is Crime, aka Lukcy Basartd Ale, aged in bourbon barrels with chills. CEO and co-founder Greg Koch “ruined” a bourbon barrel full of Lukcy Basartd back in 2010. The result was hot. And tasty.
Soon came Punishment. Oak barreled Double Bastard was introduced to Koch’s backyard hot chilis resulting in another tasty, hot treat.
Peppers grown at Stone Farms and beyond include red and green jalapeño, Fatali, Caribbean Red Hot, habanero, Ghost, Black Naga, Super, Moruga Scorpion, 7 Pot, Aji Amarillo, Scorpion, Giant White Habanero, 7 Pot Douglah and Douglah peppers. That’s a pretty hot lineup.
Thanks to the increased capacity of a new 500ml cork & cage bottling line, the rest of America can suffer along with the Californians that already have tasted these treats.
“Expanding our barrel-aging program to include national distribution is something we’ve been working towards for many years,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “Now that we have the ability to produce more of the Stone Quingenti Millilitre Series due to our new aged and bottling facility, our fans should expect to see many new barrel-aged flavor combinations as well as some re-brews of favorites we’ve released in the past.”
Expect Stone to release more Quingenti offerings nationally in the future.
Availability: 500ml bottles
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, and WA
Arrival: Shipping as of 11/4/13
Read more: Stone Quingenti Series
Cigar City’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout is a perennial favorite, and a bit of a legend. Hunahpu, a strong imperial stout, is brewed with cocoa nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans. The next release of it is in March, 2014.
Even more rare, are barrel aged editions of this brew. Now for the first time a “double barrel” edition will surface. Hunahpu was/is aged in both rum and brandy barrels (each a separate version of the barrel aged Hunahpu series) and blended together.
The result is sure to be rare (released in lottery or the brewery’s El Catador Club) and definitely mega trade bait. The brewery will announce details closer to release.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: TBA. Brewery only
Stone Brewing Co’s “Crime” has been spotted around the country on tap. It was Lukcy Basartd Ale beer “ruined” with peppers from Stone Farms. A “crime” to ruin such good beer with such intense heat. Stone took that beer and aged it in Scotch whiskey and the result was 2012′s Quingenti release of Crime.
Lovers of strong ale, peppers and barrel aging can get pysched again. 2013 Crime is just as fun, but with a barrel change to bourbon instead of Scotch whiskey.
Peppers include mid-level-heat red and green jalapefios and ultra-hot black nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalis.
Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged, w/ Peppers)
Availability: 500 ml bottles. Limited Release
You’ve got a bit of time to wait until you see this beer again. Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout will make another appearance on March 8, 2014. Hunahpu, a massive imperial stout, is brewed with cocoa nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Crazy delicious.
In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the hem twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, with his brother Hunahpu. vies Vidal by the Dark Lords of the and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named, Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend to the heavens to become the moon and sun.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: March 8th, 2014 (Brewery Release, Tampa)
Ed note: Corrected date to March 8, 2014
On the surface, and most people without dirty minds, would think Evil Twin’s Spicy Nachos is another creative concoction. A pale ale with jalapeÃ±o peppers sounds hot and enticing right? Then we read the side of the label -
“…Hey Ed… What’s spicy nachos mean????”
Have you ever had a night at the bar when you and your friends go over all the sick sh*t you read on Urban Dictionary.com? Well guess what. There’s an entry for Spicy Nacho. Somethings you can’t unread. I would place my bets someone asked this question and got this answer. Either way, look for the actual beer in 22oz bombers in the future.
Style: Pale Ale (w/ Jalapeno Peppers)
Availability: 22oz bombers
Last week, those close to Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI) had the first shot at the newest Backstage Release – Mango Magnifico Con Calor. [Magnificent Mango with Heat] is brewed with both mango fruit and habanero peppers. Trust me, the peppers very much there. What starts as lightly tropical, will burn for a while when you are done. Tropical heat best describes this brew. Available in limited quantities in 750ml bottles.
Mango Magnifico con Calor [Magnificent Mango with Heat], will be the next beer introduced to Founders Brewing’s Backstage Series. This fruit beer is brewed with mango and habanero. This is the seventh addition to the series
Read more: Founder’s Backstage Series
New Belgium Brewing’s highly creative Lips of Faith Series will soon feature the likes of Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL). Both breweries combine elements of their brewing styles, from Belgian ale yeast (NB) to Spanish cedar (CC). This chili in this beer? Well that could go either way. New Belgium just started distributing to Florida in July.
We’re about to light up Florida with this Cigar City Collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast strain tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spices. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute the mutual love of wood.