Turns out you can have your cake and drink it too.
Stone Brewing Co. has announced that it has released Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale, a 9.5 percent ABV “carrot cake-inspired” Belgian-syle ale brewed with carrots, cinnamon, raisins and vanilla beans.
The beer is the newest winner of Stone’s annual Homebrew Competition, which invites home brewers from all over the country to enter their concoctions in a competition where the winner is produced and bottled at Stone’s brewery. Past winners of the competition have included Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout (8.1 percent ABV)—which will be returning as part of Stone’s Quingenti Millilitre Series—and Robert Masterson & Ryan Reschan/Rip Current/Stone R&R Coconut IPA (7.7 percent ABV.)
This year, the judges—including Stone co-founders Steve Wagner and Greg Koch—tasted 27 beers before choosing one aforementioned brew invented by Juli Goldenberg as the winner.
A post on Stone’s blog gives more information on how the beer was produced:
She started with two key ingredients—20 pounds of whole, grated carrots and golden raisins. The latter were puréed with the wort and both were added to the boil. Though a less obvious specialty additive, beet juice was also included in the recipe to help bolster the eventual orange color of the finished beer. Cinnamon was also added, post-fermentation, to round out the cake flavors, but Goldenberg didn’t stop there. She also wanted to tackle carrot cake’s iconic cream cheese icing. To do that, she incorporated milk sugar (lactose) in the boil and vanilla beans post-fermentation, resulting in a semi-creamy mouthfeel with a flavor reminiscent of fluffy, decadent frosting.
In the post, Goldenberg mentions that he also chose to call upon the brewing knowledge of San Diego, Calif.-based Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery to help with the final production beer.
According to Stone, Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale is packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be arriving at retailer across Stone’s entire distribution footprint starting on Monday.
Update (Oct.2, 2015) — This post was updated from the original, published on June 6, 2015, to include details on a shipping date.