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Stone Brewing release mocha stout with Mexican twist

stone_mexiacan_stoutA few days ago, Stone Brewing Company announced the release of a new beer that sounds truly amazing. Read the press release below and look for the beer on shelves soon!

ESCONDIDO, CA (Sept. 8, 2014) – ¿Una cerveza con chocolate? A beer with chocolate?¡Sí! The latest collaboration beer from Stone Brewing Co., Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout, is a milk stout infused with coffee, vanilla, cocoa, peppers, cinnamon and nutmeg. A creative take on Mexican hot chocolate, the beer was originally developed by San Diego homebrewer and Communications Officer for the Society of Barley Engineers Chris Banker, who submitted his recipe as one of the contenders vying for supremacy at the annual Stone Homebrew Competition & American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rally held at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondidoearlier this year. Given the cross-cultural twist and Stone’s proximity to Baja California’s burgeoning craft brewing scene, Tijuana-based Cervecería Insurgente was invited to be a part of the collaboration. Today, the beer will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, restaurants and bars in select markets nationwide.

In March, 30 eager and creative homebrewers competed for the first-place prize: the opportunity to have their beer brewed on Stone’s large-scale system and have that creation distributed nationally. With the help of attending AHA members and an esteemed judging panel consisting of Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner, Brewmaster Mitch Steele, Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak and several Stone brewers, Banker’s Mexican-inspired beer was selected as the champion.

“We’re lucky to have such an inventive and creative pool of participants compete in our annual homebrew competition,” explains Steele. “Just like previous winning recipes, Chris’ beer gave us the opportunity to experiment with ingredients and brew a beer we normally wouldn’t make for a large release. To re-create his recipe, we added cocoa and milk sugar during the brewing process, which gives the beer another level of sweetness. The coffee and additional spices were added to the beer post-fermentation to bring out its unique, up-front flavor and aroma.”

When formulating the recipe, Banker incorporated unconventional brewing ingredients to create a beer emulating the rich, robust flavors of a spiced chocolaty drink, Mexican hot cocoa. Coffee provided by San Diego-based roaster Mostra Coffee, vanilla, and pure cocoa from Southern California’s ChocoVivo gives the brew a sweet, roasty flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a small dose of pasilla peppers create a medley of piquant aromas. The malt bill gives the beer a strong backbone for the various flavors and aromas, while the hops provide the perfect amount of bitterness to balance and harmonize the flavorful diversity.

To fully savor the beer’s complex chocolaty and spicy flavors, Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout may be enjoyed fresh or stored at proper cellaring temperatures for months or even years. Over time, the malt character will evolve, making the cocoa and coffee flavors more prevalent. So how do you pronounce this beer’s name? Sho-co-VAY-za. ¡Viva la revolución de cerveza artesanal! Cheers to the craft brewing revolution!

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Beer Styles

 

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Stone expanding to Berlin

Stone-Brewing-BerlinFor over 200 years the United States has been taking its brewing ques from Germany. It was the influx of German immigrants that saw the rise of the big beer companies of today. But, as the country turns back to more flavorful, more pure beers it is the Germans that are taking note. And with that, Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, Calif. has announced plans to open a production brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.

“This is a historic moment for Stone. I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!” said Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. “It has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”

“Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing.”

The company will transform the setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:

  • A spectacular, historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus square feet (3,994 square meters), featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse, an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant, and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise.
  • A second 20,775-square-foot (1,930 square meters) building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks, and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company’s signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.
  • A third 1,300-square-foot (120 square meters) building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.

The property’s brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. As proud supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food’s principles of good, clean, fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an extensive array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.

Additionally, the company launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once the facility is operational.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy 02.14.14 meant to be consumed fresh

stoneFresh beer is good beer. At least that is true when it comes to certain styles and brands. Several brewers make no bones about the fact that their beer is to be consumed by a specific date. Indeed, Stone Brewing Company put the expiration date right in the name of the beer. Enjoy By 2.14.14 IPA spells it out to beer lovers when the brewery wants the beer to be gone.

According to the breweries website, each batch of Enjoy By is designated to a specific region of the country. Agreements with shippers and distributers in those regions are such that the beer will be available within one week of having been kegged or bottled.

The reason for all this fuss is freshness. As a beer ages the first thing to dissipate from it is the big hop character. Next, the beer’s mat character opens up and often causes the flavor to shift from hoppy bitterness to malty, caramel sweetness. In the case of Enjoy By, the brewers wanted the consumer to get the full effect of the hop character before it begins to fade.

Mitch Steel, brewmaster at Stone, said of Enjoy By, “This beer is nothing but hops… Coming out of the brewhouse it was already massively hopped.” This is done through the use a technique known as ‘hop-bursting’ to infuse the beer with an intense flavor that will fade and disappear in a very short period of time. The process involves reducing the amount of bitterness hops added to the brew kettle and loading the beer up with flavoring hops towards the end of brewing. Enjoy by is also dry-hopped to increase the aroma and intensity of the beer.

On the beer’s website (http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/#) the brewery displays a countdown clock that tick away the second until the beer is past its prime. When the clock hits zero, the brewery estimates that the beer will begin losing its hop character and is past its prime.

“Freshness is really key to enjoying the beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed,” Steels said.

The site also provides a list of where the beer was shipped and when it is expected to hit the market. Among the cities to receive the beer this release are Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. In addition, beer-lovers in areas that the beer did not ship to can vote for to have the next release come to them on the website.

In Jacksonville, Fla. Enjoy By can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Mellow Mushroom – St. Augustine
  • Copper Tap House
  • Mellow Mushroom – 3rd Street
  • Whole Foods
  • Harris Teeter
  • BP – Jacksonville Beach
  • World of Beer
  • King Food – Jacksonville Beach
  • Golden Ox – Argyle
  • Safeway – North 3rd St.
  • Brewers Pizza
 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Beer Styles, Craft Beer Brewery

 

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