Stone Releases 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops

08 February 2016

imageWe brought you an early peek at this beer, and now the official details from Stone:

ESCONDIDO, CA (Feb. 8, 2016) – It’s that time of year when beer enthusiasts clamor for one of Stone Brewing’s highly anticipated annual releases. Since debuting in 1998, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine has attracted fans who are passionate about the robust ale. Devotees and hopheads are in for a treat when they experience 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops. Beginning this week, this year’s über-hopped-up iteration will start arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft to restaurants, bars and retailers in select markets where Stone beer is sold.

Brewmaster Mitch Steele and the brewing team wanted to showcase the attributes of Pekko hops, so copious amounts—keeping up with our love of hops, of course—were used to dry-hop this year’s edition of the recipe. Originally created by Stone President and co-founder Steve Wagner 18 years ago, the recipe changes only slightly from year to year, always featuring a brawny malt backbone that makes it suitable for aging. 

“In the last year, we’ve been running the relatively new Pekko hop varietal through our hop evaluation program and we loved the intense stone fruit and tropical fruit attributes it provided to our classic barley wine style ale," said Steele. "Over the years, our fans have learned they can look forward to Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine often highlighting different varietals. Think of it as variations on a theme.”

The beer pours a deep amber color and carries strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Because of the hefty malt bill, its flavor is rich and malty, displaying hints of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar upfront. Nugget, Cascade, Chinook and Delta hops were added during the brewing process to balance out the prevalent barley character and contribute pineapple and peach notes in the finish.

To fully appreciate the generous addition of Pekko hops, 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine should be enjoyed fresh, as soon as fans please. Thanks to its strong malt backbone and elevated alcohol content, with time and proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower), the intense hop character will mellow out, allowing the beer to become smoother and more matured.

Quick Facts

Name: 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops
Stats: 11% ABV, 75 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning February 8
Hop Varieties: Cascade, Chinook, Delta, Nugget and Pekko
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Germany; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; and United Kingdom
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Tasting Notes
provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich amber with a tan head. 
Aroma: Intense fruit, a cool blend of peach, pineapple and mango flavors, followed by hints of vanilla and a really nicely balanced caramel malt character.
Taste: Fruit flavors dominate the taste, with most of the tropical fruit coming from the dry hop, but a lot of the pineapple is derived from our proprietary yeast strain. It’s fruity, hoppy, malty and BIG. It finishes with a very strong hop presence.
Palate: Full bodied, moderately balanced sweetness, slight alcohol warmth with a bitter finish.
Overall: Pekko is a variety from the American Dwarf Hop Association that we ran through our hop evaluation program and really liked its attributes. Our brewing team enjoys the fruity flavors it provides in beers such as IPAs and now in this version of our annual barley wine. It has intense stone fruit and tropical fruit character, adding a great touch to our classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine recipe.


Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione - New Book: “Off-Centered Leadership” Coming 2/22

imageFrom Dogfish Head:

Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione is at it again! Releasing a new book with Wiley Publishing titled Off-centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration & Smart Growth, Sam explores the power of collaboration in the business world and what happens when companies and co-workers stop competing and start collaborating.

Off-centered Leadership includes practical information and tips for entrepreneurs and leaders in all industries to apply to their own professional journeys, giving insight into the methods and approaches Dogfish has used to develop a rich and diverse brand and leadership team. Throughout the book Sam candidly reveals the rewards and challenges of growing Dogfish over the past 20 years.

Like any growing business leader, Sam realizes he has much to learn in his journey so he shares insights from his fellow co-workers in leadership roles and many revelatory interviews on leadership and collaboration with a range of accomplished, thought-provoking visionaries including Terri Kelly, CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, Nick Brayton, President & CEO of Woolrich, and even the artist Will Oldham.

“In business, I believe there is good karma that comes with focusing on collaboration instead of competition” Sam says, “both within the organization and externally in the marketplace.”

Off-centered Leadership delivers a fresh and honest perspective on the counter-intuitive business model that proves how embracing collaboration and partnering with the competition can contribute to a business’ success. What started as a company basing decisions on the gut and whims of Sam himself, has evolved into a robust and company-wide strategic approach that has allowed us to stay creative and maintain our irreverent off-centered culture.

Off-centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration & Smart Growth will be available at Barnes & Noble, and beginning February 22!


Southern Tier Adding NEW IPA Cans

Here’s your very first peek at one of the first canne dbeers coming from Southern Tier Brewing.  This is their IPA and while it will remain at 7%-AbV, today we get to see the NEW 12oz Ball can.  Stay tuned here for release details and additional cans.


Troegs - La Grave Returns In New Packaging

Here’s your first peek at the new packaging coming for Troegs LaGrave.  This triple golden ale will remain in 12.7oz bottles and the beer will hit 8%-AbV and 31 IBU.


Budweiser Did Not Pay Peyton Manning For Super Bowl Budweiser Comments

imageFrom Anheuser-Busch:

For Attribution To:
Lisa Weser
Senior Director, Marketing Communications – U.S.

Budweiser did not pay Peyton Manning for his comments last night. We did not know he was going to mention Budweiser, and we were surprised and delighted that he did.


AleSmith Named California's Best Brewery

imageFrom AleSmith:

San Diego, California (February 5, 2016) — For the past 16 years, imbibing enthusiasts looking for the most trustworthy information and reviews on beers spanning the globe have relied on the bank of ever-growing information on Regarded as the Internet’s foremost beer-rating site, recently held its inaugural RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony and Beer Festival in Santa Rosa, Calif. on January 30-31. That celebration included a ceremony at which the top breweries for each U.S. state were named along with planetary overall rankings and awards for best beers in the world. San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Company took top honors as the best brewery in California, following that up by ranking second place in the entire world for calendar year 2015. These honors came as a result of great showings by several of the company’s beers in a wide array of styles highlighted by a whopping four wins in the Strong Stout categories. 

“Humility is a highly valued quality here at AleSmith. We love our beers, but prefer to let fans of craft beer do the talking when it comes to our family of ales. So it’s particularly gratifying to receive such incredible accolades from a consistently reliable, fan-driven entity like RateBeer,” said AleSmith Owner, CEO and Brewmaster Peter Zien. “We’re all about honoring traditional recipes while introducing bold sensory experiences tempered by balanced textures and overall flavor profiles. This is a big part of what RateBeer’s crowd appreciates, so it is rewarding to see they feel we are doing right by them.”

The following is a full list of awards won by AleSmith at the RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony:

Best Brewery in California

Top Brewer in the World (second place)

Top New Beer Release in the World:
AleSmith Velvet Speedway Stout

Top Beers in the World:

o AleSmith IPA
o AleSmith Speedway Stout

o Bourbon Barrel-Aged AleSmith Old Numbskull Barleywine

Best Beer by Style Category for:

o India Pale Ale: AleSmith IPA (fourth place)

o English Pale and Bitter: AleSmith Anvil ESB (fifth place)

o Strong Stout:

§ Bourbon Barrel-Aged AleSmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout (fifth place)

§ Bourbon Barrel-Aged AleSmith Speedway Stout (seventh place)

§ AleSmith Speedway Stout (thirteenth place)

§ Bourbon Barrel-Aged AleSmith Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout (fourteenth place)

o Strong Ale: Bourbon Barrel-Aged AleSmith Old Numbskull Barleywine (fourteenth place)

AleSmith has fared well on RateBeer historically, winning Top Brewer in the World three times and remaining within the top ten for more than a decade. Currently, the company has dozens of 100-point beers on the site—IPA, Double IPA (formerly Summer YuleSmith), Double Red IPA, Evil Dead Red Ale, Reforged, multiple versions of its Old Numbskull Barleywine, Speedway Stout and Wee Heavy, and five editions of its annually changing Decadence Anniversary Ales. It’s the strength of those ratings that fueled another solid showing by AleSmith this year.

RateBeer’s top brewers in the world are tallied according to a summary score based on all available reviews. The summarization is based on 10 different weighted scales that place reviews on the past year and top performing beers but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s range of performance across styles, and other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single-method process. Over 22,500 breweries were in contention for this honor.


No-Li Brewhouse Adding Big Juicy IPA Cans

imageIt’s a day for new canning…and now we get to see one more.  This looks to be one of the first new cans coming soon from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, WA.  This is Big Juicy IPA and the beer will hit 6.1%-AbV and 55 IBU.  This is the new 12oz can and stay tuned here for release details and additional cans.


Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout Returns 2/14

imageFrom Weyerbacher:

On Sunday, February 14th, Weyerbacher Brewing will be releasing their seasonal

sensation, Sunday Morning Stout. After making its official debut in March 2015, Sunday

Morning Stout has become a highly anticipated release in 2016.

Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3% ABV, is an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon

barrels. Aromas of roasted coffee and bourbon awaken your senses while their flavors

blend with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and caramel.

Sunday Morning Stout will be released to the public on Sunday, February 14th at The

Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing and throughout their distribution area. The Tap

Room will open at 10 am and close at 5 pm. Visitors will be limited to 1 case of Sunday

Morning Stout per person. The Füd Truck will be selling a menu of assorted food items

that will pair perfectly with Sunday Morning Stout.

To coincide with the release, Weyerbacher has teamed up with Safe Harbor Easton to

share the love on Valentine’s Day by collecting much needed items for the homeless

men and women they assist on a daily basis. Safe Harbor is a transitional shelter for

homeless single men and women. Safe Harbor has provided a wish list of items that are

needed, which is available on Any visitor that brings in an item from

the wish list will receive $1 off their first beer.


Finch’s Beer - Hubble And Grubble Baltic Porter Cans

Here’s an interesting new can coming from Finch’s Beer in Chicago, IL.  This is Hubble And Grubble and it is a Baltic Porter that will hit 6.7%-AbV.   This is a 16oz can and stay tuned for release details.


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Bud Light Unveils New Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Commemorative Bottle

imageFrom Anheuser-Busch & Bud Light:

In celebration of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is releasing a commemorative Super Bowl 50 aluminum bottle featuring the Denver Broncos logo.

The new Denver Broncos bottle design incorporates this year’s gold-infused Super Bowl 50 logo, as well as the Denver Broncos logo. The commemorative bottles will be on shelves in Denver.

This special edition bottle continues Bud Light’s focus on customization and localization, building on the success of the brand’s popular Super Bowl Series Cans, which featured 40 can designs featuring logos from past Super Bowls and the teams that won them.

“Congratulations to the Denver Broncos on winning this historic Super Bowl,” said Alexander Lambrecht, vice president, Bud Light. “This season we put our focus squarely on the fans – from creating new team-specific cans highlighting each passionate fan base to celebrating winners of Super Bowls past – with our ultimate goal to give them new ways to show their team pride. This Super Bowl 50 winner bottle helps us, and the fans, put a final exclamation point on this season.”


New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve - Coffee & Chocolate Returns & Blue Sunday 18

Today we get to see the 2nd release for 2016 in the New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve series.  This is Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee & Chocolate and it will return in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (likely in April).  This is a 12oz bottle and the beer hits 11%-AbV.  We also have the 18th Anniversary edition of Blue Sunday.  This sour ale aged on oak will be package din 22oz bottles an dthe beer hits 7%-AbV.image


Prairie Artisan Ales & TRVE Brewing Collaborate On Prairie & Friends

Here’s a new Prairie & Friends collaboration coming from Prairie Artisan Ales and TRVE Brewing.  This TRVE Edition is a sour red farmhouse ale that will be packaged in 16.9oz bottles.  Look for this beer to kick in at 7%-AbV and stay tuned for release details.


Founders Expands Michigan, Minnesota & Kansas Distribution

imageFrom Founders:

Michiganders! Kansans! Minnesotans! We are happy to announce several new areas of expanded U.S. distribution! All of the following markets can anticipate seeing our beer on shelves sometime in late March.

In Michigan, we have partnered with Four Seasons Beer Distributing to bring our beer to an additional three Upper Peninsula counties in the greater Iron Mountain territory.

We have expanded our Minnesota reach as well, partnering with Artisan Beer Company to bring our beer to an additional seven counties; an area expanding from Duluth to Grand Rapids up to International Falls.

In Kansas, we have partnered with Central States Beverage of Kansas with the intention of expanding our reach into two eastern Kansas counties servicing the greater Lawrence and Ottawa area.

Residents of these fine counties will begin to see our beer on shelves sometime in late March. To locate our beer once it hits your market, use our incredibly helpful beer finder! Download our mobile app for even greater accessibility to locating our beer… you won’t regret it.


New Belgium - Fat Tire 16oz Cans

Today we get to see the latest packaging for New Belgium Fat Tire.  This is the latest 16oz can and the beer remains at 5.2%-AbV.


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