Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck celebrates the brewery’s 19th year of operation. If you know anything about Stone, they love hops, live hops, and drink hops better than most breweries in the world. Of course, Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck celebrates two things: brewing, and Humulus lupus. (Hops.)
Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck will feature all Australian hops, including Ella, Galaxy, Topaz, and Vic-Secret. That last one is a hop, not sexy underwear producer. Stone even flew in Fairview malt from Australia.
Ella, Galaxy, Topaz, Vic Secret-no, these aren’t the names of the performers at your local “gentleman club” (at least as far as we know). Rather, these exotic, and admittedly rather sexy, Australian hop varietals that have been dancing on the minds and pallets of the craft brewing intelligentsia around the world of late. We’ve been openly flirting with them via test batches, and they become popular around or brewhouse thanks to their sensual flavors and aromas. So in developing our celebratory anniversary beer, we decided it was time to seal the deal and take these down under wonder beauties to the main stage at Stone. And what better way than allowing them to strut their stuff in the spotlight as the sole focus for the luscious tropical, peachy, citrus like flavors and slightly residence, aromatically dank earthiness of the special, all Aussie consummation! Also invited to the stage as a special guest performer is Fairview malt which we had shipped in from Australia especially for this brew.
As you’ll discover, this beer brings the boom, delivering it to the pallet in a volume is thunderclap back by the power of our 19 years of brewinf and passion and intensity. All told, a great kick off to the veritable beer storm that will be our 20th year of brewing. We have many special beers plan for release to celebrate, so let this serve as the first course to what will be in undoubtably epic feast for craft beer enthusiasts, with particular thanks to those who’ve been with us from the long haul and helped us obtain such longevity. Consider this the first of many thank you’s for years to come!
Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck will be available during the brewery’s two day anniversary celebration in August, and nationally across Stone’s markets shortly after.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Ella, Galaxy, Topaz, and Vic-Secret
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: August, 2015
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