Stone Brewing Company

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

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They, Stone, calls this the Cuvee de Bastards and rightly so.  It combines and blends the 3 notable  variations: Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Aged Bastard, and Double Bastard in this one-off brew that was released in November of 2010.  Its release celebrated 13 years since the original was brewed in 1997.  Having had the aforementioned beers I was not […] ... [Read more]

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA

Stone 15th Anniversary (Escondidian Black IPA)

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Yet another bottle label that stinks of arrogance.  Hey, Stone we get it.  You are a bunch of arrogant bastards that make great beer and you hate mediocre swill.  We’ve all heard you’re platform and understand, so how about you move on and find some new material.   There, my rant is over. I must […] ... [Read more]

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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Contradictions. Green Tea and Beer. An American beer described in Japanese. Stone and Being Nice. And yet, this most recent Stone collaboration has all three. The most shocking of the trio, Stone being nice, comes in the form of profits from this particular beer being shared with Japan, in an effort to continue aid as […] ... [Read more]

Stone IPA

Stone IPA

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I first tried Stone beer in a Chicago area pub and low and behold 6 months later it showed up on shelves in Minnesota. I had tried 5 Stone beers one night but this IPA was not on the menu. This is a great beer. Stone has a strong reputation where it is available and […] ... [Read more]

Stone San Diego County Session Ale

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Teamwork. Its not a word associated with big beer. Can you imagine an InBev-Miller Coors collaboration? Escondido’s Stone Brewery, however, has made collaborative brews commonplace. The telltale light brown bottle sitting innocently on my local liquor store shelf, signaled to me of a potentially great brew, as my previous encounter with Stone’s collaboration was a […] ... [Read more]

Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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Michael:  I love surprises. At least when it comes to beer. The label on this collaborative beer between Stone, Firestone Walker and 21st Amendment read: “Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed & pink peppercorns – with mission figs added.” Yikes. It had been sitting in my fridge for some time, for whatever reason not […] ... [Read more]

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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With a shimmering, ever changing amber-brown-orange, this ale seemed more seductive than arrogant. The head frothed a bit, puffed itself up and out and then receded into the body below, simply and slyly beckoning me. Knowing only that it was an ale and that it was one of Stone’s notoriously cocky brews, I was intrigued. […] ... [Read more]

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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That last week brought with it an unwelcomed guest by the name of Sickness. I’m sure you’ve all meet him before. He usually is accompanied by massive congestion, headaches, sneezing, boxes of Kleenex, and coughing. Due to my sensory system being out of commission I opted to put a hold on reviewing until I could […] ... [Read more]

Stone Smoked Porter

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Last Friday when I sampled and reviewed this beer, the week seemed to drag on longer than it needed to. After a night of dinner and bowling with some friends, I came home and simply wanted to unwind. In keeping with a tradition I started 2 years ago of having a post-work week brew (every […] ... [Read more]

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

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While April 1st is a day of fools the release of Stone Brewing Co. beers for sale in Illinois was no joke. A week long event was made of it and coupled with the Craft Brewers Conference here in Chicago this city as got quite a buzz. For those of us in the Midwest, Stone’s […] ... [Read more]