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And so describes the next chapter in Stone Brewing Co.'s eclectic series called The Stochasticity Project: Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries. Described by Stone as a medieval-style ale brewed with elderberries. With previous release names like Hibiscusicity, Hifi+Lofi Mixtape, Vanna Necroplis, Grapefruit Slam IPA and Quadrotriticale, this one is sure to follow the interesting and wild mixed up beers that have been produced in this series.
Stone Brewing Co., founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch, has quickly risen to the top of the craft beer movement, producing full-flavored and sometimes, daring beers to tantalize the tastebuds and senses of the consumer.Fine tuning, recipe changes and collaborations with leaders in the industry have kept them on top of their game.
Stone Brewing Co., in continuing to lead the craft industry in over the top, and unique brews, has always wowed the consumer with its "odd-year releases." In 2011, it released Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine and BELGO Anise Russian Imperial Stout. In 2015, it released Chai-spiced Russian Imperial Stout. Awesome beers, but let's focus on the 2013 gem, Espresso Russian Imperial Stout.
Ruination DIPA 2.0 is the new and improved offering from Stone Brewing that replaces the original Ruination that debuted in 2002 as the hop heavy original, an IPA, that for its time was any hop lover's dream. But enough about the new beer right now, lets talk about the history of Stone Brewing, a leader in the craft beer industry.
Lest PETA become concerned, despite the name and brand imagery the Stone Brewing Company makes it clear on the label that their new Imperial Mutt Brown Ale "does not actually contain any dogs." The mutt moniker does fit, though, considering the beer is a mash up of two distinctly different styles. It may bear the name of one and not the other, but this brew brings together elements of a classic English brown and a German-style altbier.
If you are like me, when you hear "green tea" you think of something you are suppose to drink after a yoga class, or a Pilates session. It's the kind of drink that is meant to increase your anti-oxidants, help you self-awareness, make you a better person. Not necessarily what I equate with beer.
In early 2014, Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co. decided to start up a new series of beers that basically gave the brewers almost total creative freedom to produce any beer they wanted, using any ingredients they wanted. Named the Stochasticity Project, the series started off with a "bourbon barrel-aged gold Belgian ale" and has included such styles as a "golden stout" and a Belgian quad brewed with triticale grain.
As Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander would say - That Bourbon Barrel-Aged, he’s so hot right now. And it’s true, everybody seems to be jumping on the bourbon barrel-aging train, and though it’s not a new concept it certainly seems to me that beers finished this way have really permeated the market this year. So today we’ll be looking at one of those beers, this time the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale.