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Stone’s New ‘Coconut IPA,’ for Boys Still Too ‘Macho’ to Order Cocktails

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Earlier this year, Stone held their 2013 Homebrew Competition and invited thirty brewers to compete for the chance to have their recipe professionally brewed at Stone and nationally distributed. Among those competing were Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, who submitted their home-brewed Coconut IPA.

In the end, the duo’s “tropically inspired” ale was claimed the winner and soon after, in collaboration with San Diego homebrewers and RIP Current, they began brewing test batches to hone in on the perfect hops combination. They eventually settled on six hop varieties used to “attain the bright flavors of tropical fruit that the homebrew version originally delivered.”

According to Stone Brewaster Mitch Steele, the unique IPA “smells like a piña colada… but there’s definite hop character there as well, so you know it’s an IPA.” It’s recommended to consume the R&R Coconut IPA well before the “Enjoy By” date in order to maximize the coconut and hop flavors.

You can swoop up the Coconut IPA at select stores across the US. For those boys still too shy macho to order a cocktail at the bar, this one’s for you

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OH Great, Fark Beer Exists

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If you asked me what “Fark” beer would taste like, I’d say bitter hops with notes of sarcasm and broken dreams, which, to Farkers, would no doubt taste delicious.

Turns out, I’d be wrong. Stone Brewing Co-Founder Greg Koch, Fark.com founder Drew Curtis and “ubergeek” Wil Wheaton have joined forces to bring geeks/beer lovers the ultimate brew: WOOtstout. This unique Imperial stout comes aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels to bring out the aroma of Kentucky Derby pie and the trio’s passion for “geek culture,” incorporating rye, wheat malt and pecans.

I’ll admit this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, something I associate with Care Bears and happiness,which is a far cry from broken dreams. Boom, learn something new every day.

The brew is available in 22 oz bottles and draft for a limited-time only. Watch the boys spill the deets on “WOOtstout” below:

H/T + PicThx Nerdalicious

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Party ‘Til The End of The World With Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA

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Stone Brewing impresses with one of their best marketing campaigns yet — Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA. The brew’s name reflects the Mayan prediction that the world would face its apocalyptic demise on December 21, 2012.

Of course, in proper ladylike and gentlemanly fashion, the folks at Stone Brewing Co. took the liberty to celebrate the momentous occasion with the perfect beer. Made not to last, Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA is packed with 11 different hop varieties and features a full-flavored taste of hoppy freshness. The “Enjoy By” date is proudly printed across the bottle, so you can’t miss it. The reason? Each Stone By IPA is brewed to be consumed within a 35-day packaged-to-sip cycle, the emphasis placed upon the notion  “that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA” and toast to the end of the world ‘cuz YOLO. Ahem.

It’s a novel idea that could potentially change the way the brewing industry packages and distributes their goods to consumers. That is, assuming the Earth is still here after December 21.

 

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Bear Republic, Fat Head’s and Stone TBA Collaboration Homebrew

Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996, and since then has been voted the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” and will soon become the first American brewery to have a European brewhouse location.

As part of the brand’s success and growth, they have the ability to do special edition beers on demand. In 2008, Stone released a new series of collaboration beers. The goal was to get three brewers from three different breweries to create a beer with no boundaries.

Along the same vein, we introduce their first collaborative project of 2012, with Bear Republic and Fat Head’s, a tribute to a lost style of brewing; TBA. The acronym alludes to a classic but little-known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, actually comes from California.

In the 80s, there was a homebrew recipe for a hoppy brown ale, made with Cascade hops, hopping (word play?) around northern California. Even as it gained some popularity, it didn’t do well in homebrew competitions since it didn’t fall under any recognized category. It was way too hoppy and bitter to be considered a traditional brown ale. But eventually it caught on, and a competition in Houston, TX decided to judge these entires in a ‘California Dark’ category. The American Homebrewers Association soon allowed these entires in their own competitions, and changed the category name to Texas Brown Ale.

This TBA is yet another interesting creation from the Stone team out of Escondido, CA. TBA pours a beautiful auburn brown with a light tan head. The initial smell is a bit piney, but becomes sweeter probably due to the molasses introduced by Richard Norgrove from Bear Republic. The taste begins with a strong blast of malt flavors, followed by some fruity flavors mixed with the brown sugar also introduced by Richard. And finally finishes with an intense hoppy bitterness, that lightly lingers in your mouth.

I had a chance to try this a few days back, it’s super easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. If you like brown ales or IPAs of any sort, you will absolutely love this beer.