Cheers To An Amazing Year!

2011 is drawing to a close, and we’d like to send out a huge thank you to all our fans. With your help, we’ve accomplished some amazing things this year.

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The brewing team has been rocking it this year, making over 25 different beers in the last 12 months. Among them were seven special releases, including the mammoth & widely lauded Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA.

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We began releasing our sought-after and delicious barrel-aged beers in 500ml bottles this year, and you blew us all away by raising $15,000 for charity with the very first release.

Buy A Book, Buy A Beer

Jacob McKean

UPDATE 3: The pre-order offer has ended, but every copy of the book, regardless of how you get it, still allows you to buy a bottle of 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels or 2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Wine or Bourbon Barrels, as supplies last. Whether you pre-order it or buy it at the book signing on Tuesday, September 27th or anywhere else, bring your book (no receipt necessary) to the Stone Company Store–Escondido to gain access to this amazing beer.

UPDATE 2: The good folks at Warwick’s have found a way to extend the online purchase option through September 9th, 2011.

UPDATE 1: Our friends at Warwick’s Books have graciously allowed us to extend our Quingenti Millilitre offer to encompass online sales through August 31st September 9th. That means that for each copy of The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.–Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance you purchase at warwicks.com through 8/31/11 9/9/11, you will be able to purchase one of these very limited bottles. Details on how this whole thing works below.

As loyal readers of this blog, you undoubtedly remember that we’re hard at work on a trifecta of books (here & here.) Well, we are incredibly excited to announce that The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.—Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens is on the verge of release.

And because we’re just brimming with ideas, we’ve concocted a rewarding scheme to get the first book into your eager little hands with a brilliant bonus. You’ve probably been following our Quingenti Millilitre release drawing, which raised $15,000 dollars for the Escondido Creek Conservancy and Interfaith Family Services.

Well, the next beers in the Quingenti Millilitre series are:

  • 2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • 2010 Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • 2010 Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Wine Barrels

Pretty frickin’ tasty sounding, eh? Well, they are.

As you may have discerned from the introduction about the book, there’s a tie-in. Folks who pre-order the book at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival will get the opportunity to buy the above beers. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • Come to the Stone Anniversary Fest
  • Pre-order as many copies of the book as you like from the Warwick’s booth (they’re an awesome independent bookstore based in La Jolla.)
  • Each pre-order allows you to buy one bottle from the above mentioned list (as supplies last, some are significantly more limited than others)
  • Starting on September 26th, 2011, you’ll have a little more than a year, until September 30th, 2012, to come to the Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido and purchase your bottle

As an added bonus, each pre-ordered book will come signed by Greg, Steve, & Randy (additionally, they’ll be at the Warwick’s booth on Saturday at 12pm and 4pm.) With the one-year plus purchase window, if you’re coming in from out of town for the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration and you pre-order the book, you’ll have plenty of time to plan a return visit to America’s Finest City.

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have tickets to the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival? And now you’re a bit panicked because there are fewer than 10% of tickets remaining? Well in that case, you might want to get your tickets immediately.

Although these beers aren’t bottled yet, we’re expecting there to be about 4,776 of the 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels, and 550 of the two Belgo renditions. We’ll have a similar deal going at the Great American Beer Festival, where the actual book itself will be officially released (Greg & Randy will be there in person to sign your copy and compliment you on your choice of reading material).

Unless an unexpectedly huge number of people take advantage of this little scheme at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration and the GABF, we expect to have other opportunities for folks to participate, potentially in a variety of places around the country.

We will also have a book release event at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on September 27th with the same parameters, with Greg, Steve, & Randy on hand to sign books.

What the Hell is Stone Bombastic Lager?


That’s the exact same question I asked our Lead Brewer (and infamous biofueler) John Egan after seeing the pompously named beer rear its head in various places, such as on the tap list for Southern California Storm and on the Stone Company Store’s growler fill schedule. So what’s the official word?

To sum it up, Stone Bombastic Lager is the beer left over from propagating the pilsner yeast we used in BrewDog / Cambridge / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner. What does that mean? Let me explain.

When we acquire new yeast to propogate (pilsner yeast in this case), we throw it in our yeast propagating tank, and over the course of a few days we continually add wort to “feed” it and facilitate yeast growth. To feed the pilsner yeast, we added Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, and Stone Imperial Russian Stout wort straight from the brewhouse into the yeast propogating tank over several days. Once we were confident that there was enough growth, we pumped the yeast off the bottom (lager yeast is bottom-fermenting) and sent it over to the fermenting tank to ferment the Collaboration brew. John then transferred the leftover beer into another tank, but before transferring it he had a spark of creativity and decided to add some crushed coriander, french oak chips, and “literally a handful” of chopped vanilla beans. It sat for about a week or so, and then we gassed it up and put it in kegs. There were no additional hops or malt added; it was just a blend of a few worts.

“As far as style goes, I have no idea,” said John. “It’s kind of a ‘suicide’ like we did as kids with our sodas; just a mix of whatever is available. It tastes like an ale to me, but it’s a lager—and a weird lager at that!” John added that the brew weighs in at 6.8% abv.

So there you have it. Now when you stumble across Stone Bombastic Lager on the tap list at Southern California Storm or on tap for growler fills in the Stone Company Store on May 15th and July 10th, you can wow your dumbfounded friends with your in-depth knowledge, complete with a healthy dose of bombast.

-Matt Steele