Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) will officially wrap up the Vertical Epic Series this year with the release of 12.12.12. The series spanned 12 years, and various styles meant to be cellared until this year. The last release is a Belgian dark ale with an array of spices.
epic (ep’Tk) adj. (1) Heroic and impressive In quality. (2) Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size. (3) Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic.
The final chapter in an “epic” series.
As with any good epic, herein hen the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned’ ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition. To remind you, the release dates were:
02.02.02 03.03.03 04.04.04 05.05.05 06.06.06 07.07,07 08.08.08 09.09.09 10.10.10 11.11 .11 12.12.12
This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it, The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though; this edition is particularly well suited for prolonging the experience, as it as Cellarable as any in the sexes, or more. In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balanced *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer…but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. Thanks for coming on this Epic Stone-style journey with us! You can rest assured there will be new adventures to come…
This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole cone hop “flowers” with aromatic natural rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors.
Brooklyn Brewery recently launched a new series – The Worshipful Company of Brewers. It will feature special releases from members of the brewery team. Each beer will be a brewery only release — with the potential of being added to the Brewmaster’s Reserve Series. The second edition on the series is arriving: Centerfold.
BEER #2: Centerfold
Style: West Coast Pale Ale (w/ Rose hips)
Brewer’s Notes: A pale ale brewed with rose hips with floral, citrus, melon and bubblegum accents. Pairs well with BBQ, yard games and sunshine.
BREWER #2: Rob Lemery, Cellarman
Born: Ridgewood, NJ
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: 2011
Favorite place to drink: Texas Arizona (Hoboken, NJ)
Arrival: Friday, May 18, 2012
Above is a new edition of Rogue Brewing’s Mom Hefeweizen. The hefe features rose petals grown near the brewery in Eugene, Oregon.
Dedicated to the Mom in each of us. Mom Hefeweizen is a refreshing, Belgian style blonde ale, infused with Roses from Eugene, Oregon.
What you see before you is the 1 of 2 beers in Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales “Baudelaire Beer” series. First imagined during the winter of 2010, the Baudelaire series is brewed as a testament to French poet & author Charles Baudelaire. iO Saison & Ale Absurd Rye Tripple (coming soon) are as poetic as they are tasty.
iO Saison features rose hips, rose petals, & hibiscus. The label tells the story:
“Let’s face it. Beer is an art form that excites our sense and stirs our imagination. This truth gave Jolly Pumpkin an idea. We’d create a limited series of beers by throwing caution to the wind and following our creative muse no matter where it leads. This is how we discovered Baudelaire Beer. A romantic world, dimly lit by distant memory, yet alive and inspiring to us to pursue beauty at any cost. In the world of Baudelaire, label and beer come together in character and taste, influencing the drinker to take upon the spirit of creativity and thin the veil between life and art. Let the muse guide you. ‘A breath of air from the wings of madness.’ — Charles Baudelaire.”
Taste Expectations: Lots of floral notes (roses), citrus (lemon), light fruit & hibiscus. Earthy, saison yeast gives a light fruit flavor.
Availability: 750ml bottles. Limited release.