Some illusions and misnomers lead to life’s most delightful surprises. Case in point—this beer, the yang to the yin that is the black India pale ale. Once revolutionary for its onyx appearance, it is now an accepted and beloved member of the India pale ale family.
Thus we took the spirit of a dark beer—the time-honored stout—and applied a similar science of thought, brewing it to be golden-hued. Cocoa and coffee beans impart roastiness sans darkening to this brew, while flaked oats provide an enveloping mouthfeel. The result is a stout that looks more like a blonde, but is a raven beauty at heart.
These are our core beers. What does that mean? It means we're brewing them all the time. On any given day, this is what's happening in our brewhouse. These are also the beers that you're most likely to find at your local bottle shopt or on tap at your favorite craft beer bar. Now go get a pint!
Sometimes there is too much of a good thing. We believe absence does, in fact, make the heart grow stronger. And so it is with good beer. Sometimes it tastes better after a long wait, a good hunt, or an epic bottle share. Here ye shall find those libations which grace our brewhouse but once a year...or perhaps only once in a lifetime. These beers are to be celebrated, savored, and perhaps most importantly...enjoyed.
Sure, we're a bunch of Arrogant Bastards, but we humbly admit that we were inspired to start brewing by other fantastic breweries and homebrewers. There are a whole lot of fellow craft brewers who we respect and admire, and who we've wanted to collaborate with. So why just dream about it? Starting in 2008, we released a new series of collaboration beers. The goal was to get three brewers from three different breweries to put their heads together and have some fun with no regard for boundaries. No restrictions on fitting a beer into a lineup, using familiar ingredients, conforming to preconceived beer styles, using tested procedures in the brewing process or even affordability. Each of these beers is the result of three brewers coming together and doing what they love. Therefore, many of our collaborations include ridiculous amounts of decadent ingredients without regard for shelf price. And because our collaborations are usually only brewed once, they can be rather difficult to find, and once they run out—they run out. Consider yourself warned.
If you're lucky enough to get your hands on these liquid tributes to the spirit of camaraderie, you'll agree that the end result is worth it.
GK's vBlogs (aka video blog or vlog) are minimally edited 2 to 20 minute videos of Stone happenings, philosophy, news, culture and the progress of soon-to-be-opening Stone projects... all brought to you by your host Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing...So sit back and enjoy a wild ride through the Greg's eyes (figuratively, not literally, that would be disgusting). Curiously, this also makes for an interesting time capsule into the history of Stone, as Greg has been keeping vBlogs since 2003, all of which are posted here.