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Stone Brewing GABF Booth Set Up

November 26, 2013 |

Ever wonder what goes into setting up a major booth, or as the industry calls them, an endcap booth, at the Great American Beer Festival? During this year’s fest, Stone Brewing took us behind the scenes to document the process. This two hour affair has been condensed into 2 minutes of build out fun. Enjoy Stone Brewing GABF Booth Set Up and thank you Stone Brewing Company. A special thanks to Jackie Lincoln for her help on the shoot!

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Interview with Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch

November 26, 2013 |

Tristan sat down to interview Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch during this year’s GABF. They talked about Stone, comparing beer to music and Greg’s upcoming hiatus. Please check out Greg’s Movember donation page as well.

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The Faces of Stone’s Punishment

November 26, 2013 | 5

Last week a group of writers and friends got together to taste Stone Brewing’s Punishment. If you have not heard about this hellish creation, Stone’s Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. This has created one of the hottest beers that will ever grace your tongue. If you don’t believe us read Cory’s review here.  We decided it would be fun to put our taste buds through the Punishment. Along the way we documented “The Faces of Stone’s Punishment.” Thank you to Billy of BillyBrew for joining us in this fiery ride and a big thank you to Corkscrews Wine Storage of Denver for hosting our tasting.

Corkscrews is the perfect location not just for wine storage but also to age those special beers you’re wanting to hold on to for a while.

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Stone Brewing Punishment

November 26, 2013 |

ABV: 12%

IBU: 82

Stone Brewing Punishment is the 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. So, when you add those spicy chilies to a big beer what do you get? The result is a chili beer with a tremendous depth of flavor, as well as a legitimate heat.

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Getting A Woody | Stone Brewing Crime

November 26, 2013 | 2


Stone Brewing Crime
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale with Chiles

In November, I always look forward to when Stone releases their Double Bastard Ale. This has been one I always seek out. This year they have taken it to the next level. Stone has released three different versions that have been barrel aged. First, and tamest of the trio, Southern Charred which is their Double Bastard aged in various Bourbon Barrels. The next two really take the heat up. Bringing the fire, Stone’s Crime and Punishment are aged on an insane amount of peppers. This has created one crazy set-your-mouth-on-fire experience. So join me for the hottest Woody around, as I torch my taste buds with Stone Brewing Crime. Bring on the Pain!!

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Stone Brewing Southern Charred

November 26, 2013 |

Stone Brewing Company- Southern Charred

IBU: 95

ABV: 12.5%

Stone Brewing Southern Charred reminds me of my childhood for a number of peculiar reasons. First, it should be noted that I originally hail from the great state of Kentucky. As a result, I’ve developed a natural affinity toward all beers Bourbon-barreled, and Southern Charred just so happens to fall into that category.

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Stone Brewing Company Digital Tap Takeover

November 26, 2013 |

Welcome to the 2013 Stone Brewing Company Digital Tap Takeover of  Today we will feature a number of exciting posts all devoted to Escondido, CA’s Stone Brewing Company, which was founded in 1996.

Today’s lineup includes:

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Read, Drink, Repeat | Great Beer Books

November 25, 2013 |

You can’t buy your loved one a 6-pack every year. As holiday shopping begins, here are some great beer books from PorchDrinking for the hops aficionado in your life.

(Readers: Feel free to submit a comment below with your other recommendations. This is obviously not an extensive list.)
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Stone Brewing Digital Tap Takeover

November 25, 2013 | 1

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26th as Stone Brewing Company hosts a “Digital Tap Takeover” of  Tomorrow’s coverage will feature three showcases of Stone Brewing’s most recent new releases, we’ll also unveil the time lapse video of Stone’s GABF … Read More

Coronado Brewing Company

November 25, 2013 |

I happened to be in San Diego during San Diego Beer Week at the beginning of November 2013 and had the pleasure of checking out some fantastic San Diego Breweries.  Of the multiple breweries that I visited that really stood … Read More

UPDATED: Strange Brew vs Strange Brewing Company

November 21, 2013 | 10

This morning it was announced that Marlboro, MA based Strange Brew Homebrew Shop and Denver, CO based Strange Brewing Company reached a mutual settlement on their year long trademark dispute.

“I am glad that we were finally able to come to a resolution which respects our right to the Strange Brew trademark while still keeping Strange Brewing Strange,” said Brian Powers, owner of Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making. “Now we can focus on providing quality home brewing supplies throughout the busy upcoming holiday season, and moving forward with the permitting and construction of our own nano brewery.”

“As a small craft brewery, our objective is to create exceptional craft beer for our local, Denver community,” said Strange Brewing co-founder and head brewer, Tim Myers. “We’re extremely optimistic about the future and look forward to finalizing the agreement so that we can continue doing what we love – brewing quality, small-batch craft beer.”

Despite the settlement which allows Denver’s Strange Brewing to keep it’s name, in the opinion of this blog, Massachusetts based Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making still remains a giant turd. For more background on the dispute, listed below is our previous post:

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Deep Ellum Brewing – Deep Ellum IPA

November 21, 2013 |

ABV: 7.0% IBU: 70

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Dallas, but if you ever find yourself in this fair city, make sure to grab yourself one of Deep Ellum’s beers. Last weekend, I was in Dallas for … Read More

The Ultimate 6er | Barleywine

November 20, 2013 |

I love all things barleywine. Although I enjoy them year round, I believe that fall is the best season to sit back with a slow sipper and truly appreciate this robust style of ale. If you are like I am, handsome and mad-funny, barleywine ales stir up a slew of recollections and a certain sense of decadence. I picture a dreamy, dreary evening spent in front of the fire (insert favorite place to hang out) with a snifter of ale being slowly nipped from the glass like a whiskey or fine port. There are few greater occurences than enjoying finely crafted old ales when the weather is less than warm. Traverse the variations of booze-laden bliss with me as I highlight my Ultimate 6er of fall-friendly barleywine ales.

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Getting a Woody – Goose Island Lolita

November 20, 2013 |


Goose Island Lolita
Style: Belgian Style Wild Ale
ABV: 8.7%

There are four sour women that have made their way into to town. These women have spent time aging in barrels and mingling with fruit. Gillian, Lolita, Juliet, and Halia are part of Goose Islands Vintage Ales that were recently put on shelves here in the Denver area. A few weeks ago on PorchDrinking we discussed our favorite beer labels and without a doubt in my mind these ladies take the cake. Read More

Schlafly – Tasmanian IPA (Special Release)

November 19, 2013 |

ABV – 7.2%, 60 IBU

Drooling, slobbering, out of control, the Tasmanian Devil etched himself into my mind from a young age, terrorizing the Looney Tunes universe throughout my childhood. I did reports on Tasmania in my middle school years, … Read More

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company Showcase

November 18, 2013 |


Buellton, California’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company opened in 2010, and it’s reach was extended this past Labor Day weekend, when they opened a brew pub 50 miles south down the coast in the Urban Wine Trail section of the … Read More

Bear Republic – Black Racer IPA

November 18, 2013 |


ABV: 8.1% IBU: 75

To give some background, while traveling down to visit my brother in Arlington, VA for his Halloween party, I knew it would be frowned upon to arrive empty handed. Lucky for us, Stateline Liquor … Read More

DC Brau – Alpha Domina Mellis DIPA

November 15, 2013 |

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 100

UPDATE: Due to the use of an experimental hops variety from Hop Union, DC Brau is not currently making any new batches of this beer. And, when I went this weekend to refill my growler, all … Read More

Sixpoint Brewery – Bengali Tiger

November 14, 2013 |

6.4% ABV

62 IBU

I was out running errands last Friday when I happened upon Sixpoint Brewery’s Bengali Tiger. I knew I had a beer showcase coming up, and my Cincinnati Bengals were playing the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, so … Read More