November 6, 2018

Stone Brewing Sails into 2019 with a Bold Tropical Lager

Celebrated independent craft brewer expands 2019 lineup with Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager

ESCONDIDO, CA (October 25, 2018) – This week, Stone Brewing offers fair warning for when the company’s newest year-round beer washes ashore early next year. With a long and celebrated heritage of big, bold and flavorful porters, stouts, sours, IPAs, strong ales and more, Stone is proud to continue this tradition of pushing boundaries with the release of Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager. The new beer debuts in California and Stone Brewing Tap Rooms this week, with an international launch to come next year.

“This is unlike your traditional lager,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing Senior Manager of Brewing & Innovation. “When we were discussing what our next year-round beer might be we all agreed that we wanted something super flavorful and yet really crushable, all while exemplifying the genre-defying qualities we’re known for at Stone. So while we did our signature thing – seeking out the newest and most interesting hops to contribute big flavor – we really stayed focused on producing a balanced beer with classic lager characteristics. It turned out crisp, clean, intensely fruity, and definitely way crushable.”

The beer’s name is a nod to the uncharted tropical islands on which most of us would willingly be a castaway… provided that we could have our perfectly stocked beer fridge in tow. It’s just right for a self-imposed “three hour tour,” be it on an island, on a boat, or simply on the couch. Aromas of citrus, pineapple and coconut are followed by flavors of lime, orange and passion fruit. A newer hop variety – Cashmere – when harvested at just the right time imparts flavors of ripe cantaloupe that elevate the juicy qualities of this beer. A welcome oasis, Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager proves to be the perfect island companion to a tropically-inspired, fruit forward lineup of IPAs, including Stone Tangerine Express IPA, Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, and the upcoming Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA.

“We are really excited to bring Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager to market,” shared Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO.  “More than 75 percent of US beer sales are lagers, and while craft is a growing segment, a big piece of that is still Big Beer. Alongside a handful of other standout craft brewers with lagers, we’re really reinventing this style; bringing a finely crafted, intensely flavorful lager to the market in all 50 states and more than 40 countries. We’re honored to put high quality back at the forefront of this genre, and especially proud to be doing it as a staunchly independent craft brewer.”

The new addition to Stone’s lineup is now available at Stone Brewing Tap Rooms and throughout California in 12oz six-pack cans and draft. The lager packs a 5.8% ABV and is brewed to be enjoyed fresh, which means the rescue boat has 120-days to get the castaways home or, more likely, re-stock the island’s refrigerator.

QUICK FACTS

    Name: Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager
    Web: stonebrewing.com/tropicofthunder
    Stats: 5.8% ABV, 58 IBUs
    Featured Hops: Cashmere, Citra and Mosaic
    Availability: Year-Round in 12oz six-pack cans, 19.2oz cans & draft
    Distribution: California and Stone Brewing Tap Rooms starting the week of October 22. Distribution to all 50 states and abroad to come in 2019.

TASTING NOTES

    Appearance: Straw yellow, clear, fluffy white head.
    Aroma:  White wine, melon, citrus and hints of pineapple with clean malt aroma.
    Taste:  Ripe cantaloupe, citrus and passion fruit. Flavors of fresh hops with white wine and biscuit.
    Palate: Slight sweetness and good bitterness with a dry, clean finish.

Overall: We have been having fun playing with lagers and making them in our own Stone Brewing style. This beer showcases our love for, and experimentation with hops using Mosaic, Citra, and newcomer Cashmere. These three combine to form an array of citrus, tropical and fruit aromas and flavors in a refreshing, crushable lager.

FOOD PAIRINGS

    Starters: Honey Sriracha Quail Knots*/**, Prosciutto Melon Balls, Coconut Shrimp, Sashimi
    Soups and Salads: White Balsamic Glazed Stone Fruit Salad**, Heirloom Tomato Basil Soup, Chicken Pho, Grilled Cabbage Wedge Salad
    Main Courses: Crispy Skin Salmon*, Pan Roasted Scallops**, Penne Primavera, Szechuan Chicken
    Desserts: Fresh Raspberries and Chocolate, Coconut Macaron, Brambleberry Fruit Sorbet, Strawberry Fool


* Menu items available at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido. Full menu available here.
** Menu items available at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Full menu available here.


October 30, 2018

Tap Time Radio October 29th, 2018

Check out last night's Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guests John Crow talking about this weekend's Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival and Sloan Connerly from Glazers Distributors while we sip on New Holland Dragon's Milk and other brews.


 

October 16, 2018

Nitro Beer Explained -- Beer History & Beer Science

Although Nitrogen has been used in beer for 60 years, this beer innovation is still winning the minds and hearts of drinkers around the world today. Nitro Beers are creamy, foamy, and delicious. But how did they come to be? And are there any drawbacks to replacing good old CO2? Ryan answers all these questions today on Beer by The Numbers.

Beer By The Numbers Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/146200836174391
 
 

Tap Time Radio Oct 15th, 2018

Check out last night's Tap Time with Jess from Flyway Brewing and Ian & Theron from Stone's Throw Brewing PLUS Leighanne from the Arkansas Art's Center as we talk about the upcoming 6th annual Fountain Fest and lots more.
 


October 5, 2018

I'm Now At 50 Brewery Visits For The Year


Wow, my brewery visits for 2018 are really starting to build up. At the end of August my wife and I took our annual anniversary trip and decided to go to the mountains instead of the ocean this year. We spent time between Asheville, NC and Chattanooga, TN and had an amazing time in both great cities. We'd been to Asheville before but it's always worth the trip for the wonderful breweries, not to mention the food and cool artsy vibe. We made it to 11 breweries in all, highlighted by 1st time trips to two of the big boys, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada. Both were just amazing. Here's all the stops:

Asheville, NC
Bhramari Brewing
Twisted Leaf 
Wedge Brewing 
Wicked Weed/Funkatorium
Burial Brewing Co.
Catawba Brewing
Green Man Brewing
New Belgium
One World Brewing
Sierra Nevada
Asheville Brewing Company




Next we made our way over to Chattanooga for a few days, not sure what to expect as neither of us had been there before. We didn't take long to start wishing that we had more time, what with great food, beer, beautiful sights and a white-water rafting trip. I recommend this city to anybody looking for some fun. Their brewery scene is pretty cool too, and seems to be growing. Here's where we made it to:

Chattanooga, TN
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Heaven & Ale
Hutton & Smith
Terminal Brewhouse
Oddstory Brewing Co.




And finally, the weekend before last I went to Dallas to see some bands (Clutch and Sevendust) on Sunday and conveniently booked my hotel where I could walk to several breweries. A couple of them I'd been to before, but I did make it to one new place for me, Pegasus City Brewery. Nice folks and a cool set-up, they weren't focused on hoppy beer, which I found sort of unique. I had a nice black lager and porter. Would recommend.

Dallas, TX
Peticolas Brewing

Pegasus City Brewing

Noble Rey Brewing






So now we're caught up, and heading to Nashville this weekend! Hoping for a visit to a favorite of mine, Bearded Iris, and of course some of the usual stops like Yazoo and Jackalope.

October 4, 2018

Squatters Craft Beers Doubles Efforts in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, OCT 3, 2018Squatters Craft Beers, in partnership with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Real Men Wear Pink campaign, is raising funds and awareness for the second year in a row to benefit breast cancer research during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Squatters' number one selling brand – Hop Rising Double IPA – will wear a pink can for the entire month of October. Squatters Craft Beers has pledged to donate $0.05 for each special can sold during the campaign. New in 2018, Squatters will double down and donate a portion of proceeds from special pink-canned Full Suspension Pale Ale 12-packs. “We are excited to include an additional Squatters package this year to support the American Cancer Society and generate much-needed funds to combat this devastating disease,” says Senior Marketing Manager for Squatters Craft Beers, Amy Tangaro.

Alongside or in memory of the women in their lives who have been touched by cancer, Real Men Wear Pink advocates will rally to raise funds and awareness during the month of October. Activists are encouraged to don their pinkest gear, mobilize their communities and compete to become the top fundraiser in support of lifesaving research and patient-supporting services.

Squatters Hop Rising is currently sold in 19 states and the pink cans will be distributed throughout, including in Squatters’ home state of Utah, where Hop Rising reigns as the top-selling craft beer in the market. Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale pink 12-packs will make an appearance in 7 states and are expected to go fast. “Hop Rising and Full Suspension are two of our most-loved and best-performing beers, and the response we had from last year’s ACS campaign was enormous. We’re excited to be partnering again in 2018,” adds Squatters Craft Beers Chief Operating Officer, Adam Curfew.

According to the ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 1,460 women in the state of Utah will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 270 will die from the disease this year.

To read the personal story of how cancer has affected the life and family of Squatters’ salesperson, Keith Riekena, visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/keith

For more information on the American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink campaign, click here or contact Colt Jarvis with ACS at 801-493-4730 or via email at colt.jarvis@cancer.org.

Founders Brewing Co. Harvest Ale

Founders Brewing Co.: "Every fall, we get the privilege of making our wet-hopped ale, Harvest Ale. We take wet hop cones exclusively from Michigan hop farms, they're picked in the morning and used as soon as possible that day. That freshness really makes a difference. 
 
Harvest Ale – an impossibly aromatic and bright IPA bursting with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes. Our ode to the beauty that is the wet, American hop."

Learn more about Harvest Ale here: http://bit.ly/FBCHarvestAle
 
 

October 3, 2018

Craft Beer 10 Years Ago

I can tell you where I was mostly drinking 10 years ago, The Flying Saucer in downtown Little Rock (pretty much the only place for craft beer in 2008), but I can't tell you what all I was drinking. The Arkansas craft beer scene was yet to take off and I do remember for sure there were very little can choices for my lake trips at the time but I know there were several of the breweries I still drink a lot of today in the state, like New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Rogue and Boulevard. Boy have their been a lot of changes since then! Cans are abundant, Arkansas has 40+ breweries and most of the big national breweries are available in the state now. 
 
Check out Beer By The Numbers video on the craft beer scene in 2008 for a quick trip down memory lane of your own.

"The Craft Beer industry has come a long way in 10 years. Aside from the sheer growth and number of breweries, the tastes of drinkers and brewers have also evolved. Join Ryan in turning back the clock to take a look at the craft beer scene in 2008."
 

October 2, 2018

Tap Time Radio Oct 1st, 2018

Here's last night's Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with Bradley from Hawk Moth Brewery and Beer Parlor and Jarrod from Lost Forty Brewing. We talk about the new brewery Bradley has opened in northwest Arkansas and also Lost Forty's upcoming Festival of Darkness. Check it out below the pics:
 



October 1, 2018

Guest Spot on IWS Radio

I spent a little time yesterday as a guest on IWS Radio to talk a little about Oktoberfest beer and basically just shoot the shit with hosts Jay-Man and Matt-Man. Check it out below if you're so inclined. They call me up at about the 1:08 mark of the 2 hour show.

Follow the line: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/im-with-stupid/2018/09/30/oktoberfest-2018-arkansas-invades-munich


"Willkommen and Achtung Baby!! It's Oktoberfest on IWS Radio, and we are going to invade the luftwaves with a blitzkrieg of hilarity!! Witty banter will abound, German culture will be celebrated, good/bad music will be played, and we will be drinking and talking craft beer with Scott of @woopigbrewey and the www.arkbeerscene.com"