Stone is collaborating with two rising stars of American craft brewing who share our dedication to pushing the boundaries of beer—especially when it comes to hops. St. Louis-based 4 Hands Brewing Co., with its slew of innovative IPAs and barrel-aged beers, was called a “brewery to watch” by DRAFT magazine. Bale Breaker Brewing Co., another acclaimed newcomer, lies in the verdant hop heartland of Washington’s Yakima Valley, where the co-owners’ family has farmed high-quality hops for four generations. Brought together by mutual admiration and united in our unabashed love of lupulin, we’re concocting an IPA that showcases HBC 342 and HBC 344 hops, two yet-to-be-named, but very promising varietals.
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.