San Diego-based Stone Brewing has seen considerable growth over the last few years. Its recent successes include the announcement of an East Coast location in Richmond, Virginia, the launch of a successful brewpub in Berlin, Germany, and overcoming the logistical hurdles of its “Enjoy By” series, allowing them to supply extremely fresh beer throughout Stone’s large distribution area.
There are no signs of Stone slowing down in 2018. To prove its commitment to craft beer fans, the brewery has released a 2018 release calendar showcasing old favorites and brand-new beer offerings.
The year-round beer list includes the return of Stone IPA, Delicious IPA, Tangerine Express IPA, Ripper San Diego Pale Ale, Go To IPA, and Ruination Double IPA. In May, Ruination Double IPA will change from recipe version 2.0 to an all new version 3.0. Another new brew, Scorpion Bowl IPA, will join the year-rounders’ club in February.
Stone’s “Hop Worship” series will debut in 2018 in canned six packs as well as draft with the new beers Exalted, Righteous, and Sanctimonious running February to December. Exalted is the first to hit shelves and features Loral and Citra hops.
New 22-ounce bottle releases include the Double IPAs Loral &Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure (February), I’m Peach (May), and 22nd Anniversary (August). Also debuting in large format bottles is Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout. Stone W00tstout and Xocoveza Mocha Stout will return from last year.
Stone’s 2018 beer release calendar is certainly hop heavy, steering hard toward India Pale Ales, but that’s just Stone playing into its reputation and expertise. However, with so many new recipes for the new year, the brewery is intent on introducing change and growth, trusting its army of faithful fans to go along for the ride.
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