Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stone Collab MAGNUMS

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Stone Brewing / Lost Abbey Sticks n' Stones....$52.99 / Magnum
Series 4 of 14
Before the meaning of the name is revealed for that “ah-ha” moment, we must elaborate on the significance of the collaboration. Three key Stone brewers gathered together with long-time friend and Lost Abbey brewmaster Tomme Arthur in Berlin. There they collaborated on a beer representative of our presence in Germany and the craft beer crusade we have been on and never lost sight of despite all of the words of criticism. Too aggressive, too many hops, too expensive, too impossible to break into centuries of German tradition…all of that was just words. It didn’t break us. And here we are, two decades later with a foothold in Berlin and our fingertips on the international craft beer moment. In honor of that we brewed a dark imperial lager with a German yeast strain and partially aged it with wooden chips “sticks” in stone granite barrels. Ah-ha.

Stone Brewing / Aleman / Two Brothers Champion of the Sun...$52.99 / Magnum
Series 5 of 14
Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, of Aleman, once placed first at the Iron Brew homebrewing competition in the Windy City (judged by none other than Greg Koch and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing, among others). Their style-bending IPA artfully married the assertive tropical bite of Citra hops with the amazing flavor and aromatics of coffee to create something truly unique and exceptional.

Serendipitously, we have decided to revisit this beer and pay it an imperial homage, reforming and rebrewing a more adventurous version, thusly and appropriately named, “Champion of the Sun.” The result is an innovative imperial IPA that’s well balanced and intensely flavored thanks to the felicitous blend of hops and fresh roasted coffee.

Stone Brewing / Dogfish Head / Victory Royal Imperial Saison du Buff....$52.99 / Magnum 
Series 2 of 14
Brewing comrades who metsince in the early 2000s, Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Bill Covaleski (Victory) and Greg Koch (Stone) have had their fair share of stories over the years. Many worth sharing over a beer. Most involving beer. Some even worth sharing on a beer label. The original story finds these three forming an ad hoc craft beer revolution coalition in 2003 called Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor (BUFF), in 2003which , that eventually leads to the first release of this hellaciously herbaceous beer back inin 2010. The breweries are still taking turns brewing it, but this Berlin-brewed version is different. While we wouldn’t abandon our standards of using locally sourced herbs, and and a dry-hop Citra additiondry-hopping the beer with Citra hops to compliment complement the those botanical flavors and aromas, this time we imperialized the recipe to make it even more worthy of an epic, fine feast. While this farmhouse style ale might sound rustic, it’s not lacking in anything, especially not refinement!

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