Ice cream inspired beer? Stone Neopolitan Dynamite, a collaboration with Abnormal Beer Co. and American Homebrew Association Rally winners Paul Bischeri and Patrick Martinez, is on the way.
2017 marks the 10th year AHA members have submitted their beers for judging which includes team members at Stone Brewing. Past winners include Ken Schmidt twice (Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout) and (Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter), and Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard (Chocolate Cherry Stout). The winner brewer or brewers gets to brew the beer on a production scale, usually with a guest production brewery.
This year’s release Stone Neopolitan Dynamite is inspired by Neopolitan ice cream. The base beer is an imperial stout, brewed with strawberries, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.
You hold in your hands the most recent winner. Finding inspiration in that humble box of striped ice cream from out childhoods, Neapolitan Dynamite is an intense Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla, strawberries, an chocolate, revved up with a shot of coffee to fuel the ultimate dance contest on your palate, gosh!
Stone mentions this Rex Kwon Do of imperial stouts has it all. Nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills, AND bow hunting skills. Plus it pairs well with a liger. That’s have man, half tiger.
Stone Neopolitan Dynamite will be available in 22 ounce bottles. The brewery has not officially announced this release.
Heartbroken? Just love chocolate? Second Self Bleeding Heart Red Ale has you covered either way.
Cocoa and vanilla are the stars in Second Self Bleeding Heart, Inspired by southern-style red velvet cake. 2017 is the first time this beer has been canned.
Red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color, and the vanilla is the icing on top, rounding out each sip at the end of the taste. Co-founders Jason and Chris have been developing the recipe for over eight years.
Bleeding Heart is actuall part of series of “Hearts” series. Other releases have included:
- Bitter Heart – Red Ale, extensively dry hopped. Extra hoppy, extra bitter. The real Valentine’s Day beer.
- Wild Heart – Red Ale, gone sour.
Second Self Bleeding Heart is available in 12 ounce cans and draft through February, 2017.
6.9% ABV, 27 IBUs
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Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Meet the mashup of two highly sought after beers that is sure to instill panic in the beer geeks. Let the sweating commence.
Evil Twin, who is building a brewery on their own in New York, has been contract brewing for years at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – the birthplace of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake. “Cake” started out as a way to mark the brewery’s anniversary. Morgan and Edward Westbrook brewed an imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Since then, the beer has become a hot commodity, selling in the secondary market for hundreds of dollars. Don’t even ask how much beer traders are asking for barrel-aged variants.
Then there’s Evil Twin Biscotti Break. As the name suggests, this imperial stout mimics the coffee shop dessert, brewed with vanilla and almond, and coffee.
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break slams together the best of both those beers. An imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Both beers are awesome treats.
The result? An even bigger beer. Two dessert beers meeting in one glass could be overwhelming. Not in this case. As the beer warms, cinnamon chocolate and vanilla start to pop. Subtle elements of the two beer threads are far from a challenge to find in each sip. The only thing subtle here are the peppers. Two epic beers in one bottle. We thought only shampoo and conditioner could pull that off.
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is a 22 ounce limited release.
Wicked Weed Barrel Aged Milk & Cookies will not debut this year. The brewery has deemed the final blend isn’t up to the brewery’s standards. Sometimes barrels just don’t cooperate. The brewery has this to say:
It is with heavy hearts that we must say goodbye to 2016’s Barrel-Aged Milk and Cookies. After blending, BA Milk and Cookies just didn’t end up being the beer we hoped it would be. As such, we have decided to not release this years’ batch into distribution.
Original article below.
Last December, the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery released Milk & Cookies, an imperial milk stout brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and golden raisins. A comfort beer, if you will. As you can imagine, that beer sold out pretty fast.
Wicked Weed Barrel Aged Milk & Cookies Imperial Milk Stout takes last year’s fireside beer a bit further, by barrel-aging this dessert beer in bourbon barrels. All you lack in a fire, and many leather-bound books.
Crafting the ultimate comfort beer was a winter challenge we happily embraced. Our Milk & Cookies Stout is a cold weather classic, and this version cranks up the comfort through barrel aging. We entrusted our Imperial Milk Stout with golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla into the warming embrace of Kentucky Bourbon Barrels to carry us home for the holidays. Relax. Drink Up. You’re home.
Wicked Weed Barrel Aged Milk & Cookies Imperial Milk Stout is a 12.7 ounce bottle offering.
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Founders Lizard of Koz. Read the name, it’s a about to get decadent from here.
Joining the Backstage Series in December, “Lizard” looks to send out 2016 with a bang. The base beer for Founders Lizard of Koz is an imperial stout, brewed with blueberries, chocolate and vanilla. The finishing touch is the bourbon barrel aging.
The name celebrates the birthday of Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki’s little sister Liz. Blueberries, chocolate and vanilla are among her favorite ingredients.
What you’ll taste.
If ever there was a dessert beer, you’ve found it Lizard of Koz. It’s not easy to push the bourbon barrel-aged flavors of a beer to the backseat in a beer, but the chocolate, vanilla, and blueberries have done it. Those three dominate the flavor up front with a lingering vanilla-bourbon boozy flavor lingering in the finish.
Founders Lizard of Koz is a 750 milliliter bottle offering, across the brewery’s 39 states in limited quantities in November, 2016.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, a barrel-aged edition of the wildly popular seasonal beer, releases again this November.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, a winter warmer brewed with honey, cinnamon and ginger, is now aged in bourbon barrels for six months. The result is an even more popular edition of the cult classic, with added vanilla, wood, and smokey flavors.
Hark! A heavenly chorus of spices and honey and a fanfare of oak and vanilla flavors resound with each joyous sip of our bourbon barrel-aged Christmas Ale. Holiday spices and sweet honey are wrapped up with notes of wood and vanilla, adding depth that’ll keep you a-wassailin’ all season long.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale is a 22 once bottle offering. This is a limited release found exclusively at the GLBC Gift Shop on November 26th, 2016.
7.5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Prairie Pirate Bomb, the brewery’s well-known imperial stout aged in rum barrels, returns to the brewery’s lineup again in March, 2016.
The brewery mentions that more of the Bomb! spices were added to the finished Prairie Pirate Bomb, so the pop even more for this edition. The base stout features chili peppers, vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and coffee.
Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!
Prairie Pirate Bomb is a limited, 12 ounce bottle offering.