"When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie.
This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt."
"Evenings trying to forget the crushing mediocrity of one’s life are typically the main driver to late-night breakfast plates at unforgivingly overlit diners stacked with industrialized, frozen-dumped-in-a-fryer “food.” An interlude between sophomoric late-night antics, questionable decisions and inevitable morning regret. That’s not how I play it. For those who know how to grab life by the horns*, however, this bottle pairs even better with accomplishment, life lived out loud, and well-timed moves that often appear as luck to those not paying attention. A specifically designed midnight brunch feast with like-minded folks who not only have their wits about them but actually have wits, and an artfully prepared feast sets the more appropriate stage for this beer. The bottle is worth a special occasion. Create yours to accompany it.
*Touch mine, though, and I'll provide you with the deepest possible understanding of the word "regret."
"This barrel-aged palate-saver has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. Pecans, wheat, flaked rye and bourbon-soaked barrels provide this whopping, complex superhero version of an imperial stout with a profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring—if you can wait that long. Now, we can’t say this beer bestows jedi powers, exactly, but your taste buds may just be fooled into believing as much. A special thanks to Amanda Conner, who illustrated this year's label to support The Hero Initiative."
"There’s nothing simple or run of the mill about this “little pod” harvested
from the finicky vines of vanilla orchids found on Indian Ocean islands.
The thousands of richly aromatic seeds buried inside each of these plump vanilla fruit pods became our beer-making muse for this porter recipe distinguished by chocolate malt and Madagascar vanilla bean. This latter
luxe ingredient imparts a delicate creaminess and palate-seducing softness. Additionally, its presence heightens the roundness of the chocolate undertones and hints of coffee typically associated with beers of this style. Dripping in the world’s second-most expensive spice, this porter is extremely drinkable, with just the right amount of vanilla bean richness and deepness."
"Five years of progressively more aggressive hop-fueled exploration produced this precursor to Stone Ruination IPA. It originally hit palates in 2001 but still packs a wallop — loads of piney, resiny, citrusy aromatics and flavors."
"Dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand, this amazingly fragrant, burly beast of an IPA is an over-the-top testament to our profound love of hops and deep, dark roastiness."
"An already magnificent beer’s mouthwatering recipe of unsweetened chocolate, flaked oats and dark-roasted malts is made even more deliciously complex care of oak barrels that previously nurtured bourbon. These amazing vessels impart oak and coconut-like flavors upfront while accentuating the silky smooth midpalate with oak vanillin notes. The finish is long and intense, with layers of chocolate and oak vanillin. You might be tempted to lick the glass for every last drop of this delectable adult confection."
"Small Batch Brewer Cecil Menasco thought it would be a delicious experiment to age our dark and hoppy Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA in rye whiskey barrels…and he was right. The resulting libation is a beer with huge flavor impact, perfectly balancing roastydark chocolate, oak, dried fruit and citrus tones. As it warms, the spicy rye notes complete a symphony of vibrant flavors."
"In most cases, skipping a step is a bad thing. Not this time. This version of Stone Enjoy By IPA omits the part where we filter out the extra yeast, hop sediment and proteins that build up in beer as a natural result of the brewing process. Though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep. By letting this IPA go unfiltered, its peach and tropical fruit hop flavors are amplified while its golden-hued color takes on a hazy appearance. Like its filtered counterpart, this IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and is shipped immediately to ensure hopheads get their hands on it as soon as possible."
"Vergnügen is a word Germans use to describe something pleasurable, so when we got a hold of rum barrels in which to stow away a German-style dark wheat ale, well, the beer named itself. With Chicago chef Cleetus Friedman (@CleetTweet) onboard as our collaborator, it seemed only natural to brew a beer reminiscent of one of life’s greatest indulgences: dessert.
Our idea: Brew a beer embodying the flavorful kick of bananas Foster. A barrel-aged imperial dunkelweizen proved the ideal medium, supplying the banana character via the yeast and caramel and chocolate notes from the malts. Molasses and hazelnuts added layers of bittersweet, treatlike flavor. The decadently aromatic notes from the rum barrels fused all of these delightful components together with distinctive “flare.” Creating this beer was indeed our utmost pleasure. "
"Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch first met Maui Brewing founder Garrett Marrero in 2006 in Seattle during the Craft Brewers Conference. The two became fast friends and their companies have enjoyed collaborating in many different ways over the years since.
With this special beer, Garrett & Greg introduce you to the welcoming spirit of the Aloha State. Echoing their past collaborations, this beer abounds with ingredients familiar to the islands—rich coffee and pounds of hand-toasted coconut—and introduces hazelnuts into the mix. The result is deeply rooted in Hawaii, San Diego, Europe and friendship, capturing the true essence of the word “aloha,” which also means on a deeper level “joyfully sharing life.” So sit back and slip into island time with this imperial beauty. Cheers, prost & ‘okole maluna!"
"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 2003 which, 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!"