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Sunday, 19 February 2017 16:17

Beer Pick of the Week

Stone Brewing Tangerine Express Picmonkey

Tangerine Express


Stone Brewing

Escondido, CA

Style: American IPA with tangerine & pineapple

Alcohol: 6.7%

IBUs: 75

Serving Style: 22-oz bottles, kegs

Availability: Year-round nationwide

Saturday, 23 May 2015 19:52

May 22, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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Ruination 2.0


Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California

Style: Imperial or Double IPA

Alcohol: 8.5%

IBUs: 100+

Serving Style: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round in 41 states and some limited int'l. distribution


Appearance:   “Clear golden color with creamy white head.”

Aroma:   “Hugely hoppy. Oodles of citrus and tropical fruits.”

Taste:   “Big in one sense, in that those hops (Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, Magnum, Nugget and Centennial) are so prominent. However, it drinks easy—almost ‘sessionable,’ but at this alcohol content, you wouldn’t want to pour down more than a couple of glasses. Piney and resiny, it’s quite bitter (check the IBUs), but will please a lot of fans of this style.”

Food Affinity:   “At first it seems difficult to figure food pairings for a beer this big. However, even at eight-point-five, it’s about 40% less alcohol by volume than the average table wine. Maybe we have to think more creatively. Perhaps a full-flavored fish, such as salmon, napped with aioli or a lemon and butter sauce.”

    --guest review by George Lane, a Brit who remembers that IPA means India Pale Ale


Editor’s note:   “At the time of this review, four beer fans were sampling 6-ounce glasses of both the original Ruination and its 2.0 replacement version. Three of us preferred the ‘old’ Ruination, considering it better balanced. The fourth taster liked the in-your-face assertiveness of the new 2.0 (obviously, our limited consumer sampling was less than ‘scientific’, but did generate a lively late afternoon discussion).

"Some of us wondered why the brewery would keep the name of a proven crowd-pleaser, but change the recipe. Would this be another marketing disaster like the ‘New Coca Cola’ of some years ago? At this point nobody can say for sure, but visiting Stone’s website we found that the brewery’s rationale was pretty strong (hops not available when the first Ruination came on the scene, changing tastes of the craft beer lover, etc.). Apparently, they’ve put a lot of thought into the change and had good responses from consumers who sampled test recipes prior to introduction of the new product.

"You can get a much fuller explanation by visiting stonebrewing.com yourself (they also have pairing suggestions for foods in all categories of a multi-course meal, as well as cigar selections to accompany the Ruination 2.0)."

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:05

November 21, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Stone enjoy-bottle-12-26 Picmonkey

“Enjoy By 12/26/14”


Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, CA

Style: Double IPA (D.I.P.A.)

Alcohol: 9.5%

IBUs: 88

Serving Style: Kegs, 12-ounce bottles (our sample from draft)

Availability: Widely distributed in California, limited in other states


Appearance:  “Golden.”

Aroma:  “Not much I can identify, but floral.”

Taste:  “Amazing. Smooth. Can't notice the alcohol.”

Food Affinity:  “Probably a burger.”

Chris Williams Picmonkey


Chris Williams is this week's guest reviewer

Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:25

October 31, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Lucky Bastard pint Picmonkey

Lucky Basartd


Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, CA

Style: American strong ale

Alcohol: 8.5%


Serving Style: 22-ounce bottles and draft

Availability: Selected markets in the western U.S.


Appearance: “Color is the rich, dark tones of autumn.”

Aroma: “Sweet mix of malts with a smokey undertone.”

Taste: “Full-bodied. Malty.”

Food Affinity:  “Would challenge the spiciest food you can put before it."

Michael Mallett Oct 30 2014 Picmonkey



Reviewed by Michael Mallett

Stone Brewing Berlin smallStone Brewing Berlin at Marienpark

ESCONDIDO, CA--(Marketwired - July 19, 2014) - The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co., today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, the San Diego County operation is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co. - Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.

"This is a historic moment for Stone. I've wanted to say these next words for many years now: We're coming to Europe. We're coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!" said Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. "It has been a long time coming and I couldn't be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing."

"Stone's future European home will serve as the company's international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe," said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. "With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing."

The company will transform the setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:

A spectacular, historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus square feet (3,994 square meters), featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse, an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant, and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise. 

A second 20,775-square-foot (1,930 square meters) building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks, and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company's signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.

A third 1,300-square-foot (120 square meters) building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.

Stone saison-bottle PicmonkeyThe property's brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location's surroundings. As proud supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food's principles of good, clean, fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an extensive array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.

Additionally, the company launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign today, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co. - Berlin once the facility is operational. 

About Stone Brewing Co.Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list nine times, and has been called the "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine, twice. The multi-faceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate facilities in Berlin, Germany, and also has plans to open a brewery and restaurant east of the Mississippi. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has built a reputation on brewing outstanding, unique ales while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing.

Editor's note: While we don't have a section devoted to European breweries, we do have links to the websites of nearly all the craft beer purveyors in California. You'll find them in the Taste California Travel's Resource Directory.

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