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Pliny the Elder Double IPA

Grapefruit floral nose; citrus & peach on tongue; soapy, hoppy, piney mid, lingering bitter finish.

Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Beer

Toasty & grassy nose; taste follows: hoppy & bready & herbal; lemon peel mid; dry, bitter, spicy finish.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

Super-sticky head; lemon & spice; sweet tea & malt sugar; sweet finish.

Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale

Louder, harder, faster. That’s thrash metal’s defining credo in a nutshell. The heaviness of NWOBHM fused with punk rock’s DIY spirit and and anti-authoritarianism, hopped up on malt liquor and pseudoephedrine, dubbed onto a cassette tapes and played through the blown speakers of a Nissan pickup truck at maximum volume. For a while, from the early eighties until it peaked in 1991, thrash metal seemed like it would change the world.

Fallen Angel Belgian-style Golden Ale

Big headed, bas-relief lacing. Nose full of yeast and sugar. Crisp apple’s bite.

Bitter Monk Belgian Style Double IPA

Settling in with a Bitter Monk DIPA. Lemon zest, citrus hops, pine tar, and oak. Bam! So that’s what 100 IBU feels like.

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.

Icelandic Toasted Porter

Scent is toasted nuts and roasted coffee. Taste is malty, with bitter chocolate undercurrent.

Dorado Double IPA

Grapefruit and earthy hop nose; orange rind, sweet caramel, and pepper tongue. Big, big bite!

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.