A new Stone Brewing Co. collaboration will be one of the first beers released from the brewery’s new Richmond, Virginia facility.

The beer is Give Me Stout Or Give Me Death, a 9.5 percent ABV “aggressively hopped” imperial stout brewed with Belma and nugget hops before being conditioned on Virginia-grown blackberries and raspberries. The new stout is a collaborative effort between Stone, Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia.


“Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer,” reads the beer label. “And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence.”

Stone’s Virginia brewery consists of a 200,000 square foot production brewery and is located on 14 acres in Richmond’s Fulton community. The facility opened in February and is eventually expected to employ more than 288 people.

In an email, Lizzie Younkin, public relations manager at Stone, told Tenemu that Give Me Stout Or Give Me Death will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and is expected to be available at retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia starting on Dec. 12.

Update (Oct. 21, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, distribution information and brewing details. It was originally published on Oct. 9, 2016.