Dogs, Books, and Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Reviews by Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.

Hibiscusicity Belgian-style Ale

Hibiscus, orange peel, & decadent spice nose; lemon bar mouthfeel, buttered wheat toast; nice carb.

Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean

When did “vanilla” start to define the mundane, the ordinary, the conventional? After all, there’s nothing vanilla about the history of this rare spice. First cultivated by the Totonacs, residents of what is now Veracruz, Mexico, the tlilxochitl (“black flower”) is said to have first grown on the spot where Princess Xanat, on the lam with a forbidden lover, was beheaded, the vanilla orchids and vines sprouting from where her blood fell.

Mixtape Ale

Stone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #10 Last one! Stone Mixtape. Considering that this week included @MixtapeSD and a whole lot of memories, unclassifyable.

LeVariation Ale

Stone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #4 Stone LeVariation to go with 40 minute wait $5 onion rings. Spirit-lifting and hoppy.

Enjoy By 9-21-12 IPA

Stone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #1 A fresher smelling-and-tasting, lighter, smoother variant of Stone’s IPA.

11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

It’s been a wonderful Saturday, starting with a drive (down to The Country Vet, but you take what you get) with Jennifer and Maddie, moving from there to a bit of shopping (although the lamp I bought didn’t work), then to a little bit of work (more corrections), followed by a Maddie-led walk downtown (Straight to Petaluma Pie and Copperfield’s Books… what a dog!), and ending up in my chair reading a few stories, including the impressively chilling tales by […]

Japanese Green Tea IPA

A beautiful day. We wandered down to Walnut Park to check out Art in the Park (and may head back tomorrow), then came home, read awhile, and are now watching the Giants/Dodgers game, post-dinner. I’m having a Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA, a collaboration between Stone Brewing Company, Tashi Ishii, and Bryan Baird.

Highway 78 Scotch Ale

I love the idea of Stone’s collaboration series: micro brewers working together to produce “liquid tributes to the spirit of camaraderie.” So I’ve got high hopes for Highway 78 Scotch Ale, which brings together three North County San Diego brewers: Escondido’s Stone, San Marcos’s Green Flash, and Carlsbad’s Pizza Port.

10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed with “Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes and chamomile”? Could be interesting.