14 October 2016
2016 marks 20 years of brewing big, bold beers and we’re celebrating with the Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series, bringing back a slew of beloved beers that came and went…but were never forgotten. See all of the rereleases at Stone20th.com.
For our 14th Anniversary Ale, we traced our inspiration to British IPAs of the 1800s, creating an imperial, nay, Emperial IPA using all-British hops, malt and yeast. We even adjusted our Southwest U.S. water to summon that ageless IPA chemistry and royal sense of place. Cheers to an Encore reign for this mighty British-by-way-of-California-West-Coast IPA.
Tasting Notes: Assertive fruit character and earthy, herbal hop spice followed by a dry finish.
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Available in: 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, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Packaging: 22oz bottles and draft
HOP VARIETIES: UK Target, Boadicea & East Kent Golding
MALT VARIETIES: Extra White Pale Malt
ESCONDIDO, CA (October 19, 2016) – In 2009, Stone President & co-founder Steve Wagner made a research trip to England to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of IPAs. That epic trip resulted in an epic ale that years later makes its encore reign – the last in the series of Stone’s 20th Anniversary celebratory re-brews. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA will begin arriving in bars and restaurants where Stone beers are sold this week.
British brewers in the 1800s made their IPAs big and as light in color and as dry as possible. That became Stone’s inspiration for this royally Emperial IPA. It’s brewed using all British malt, hops and yeast. Even the water was adjusted with mineral salts to more accurately reflect the renowned brewing water chemistry of Burton-on-Trent. The famed town of East Staffordshire, England, is known as the birthplace of the IPA. The water from the River Trent is fabled for its healing powers and, coincidentally, is known as the best brewing water in the world. It boasts the highest sulfate, calcium and magnesium contents of any other major brewing center in the world, and low levels of sodium and bicarbonate.
“That trip to England was inspiring to say the least,” said Stone Brewing President & co-founder, Steve Wagner. “At the time, we were researching IPAs and we poured over 150-year-old brewer’s logs handwritten in ink. We were inspired to come home and try our hand at the most authentic British IPA we could possibly brew in the US. To re-release this beer is a trip back in time to one of the most inspiring times in my brewing history.”
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale that’s powerfully spicy with an earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness and a light biscuit flavor making a brief appearance before a long, complex and decisively bitter finish. There is one thing decidedly San Diego about this beer, and that’s its aggressive dose of hops. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is brewed to enjoy fresh but true to its origin, ages especially well on a six-month long ocean voyage.
Name: 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
Stats: 8.9% ABV, 100 IBUs
Availability: 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 17
Hop Varieties: UK Target, Boadicea & East Kent Golding
National Distribution: AK, AL, AR, 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, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Costa Rica; Germany; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; Taiwan and Thailand
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