Stone Brewing has spent the past 20 years building a reputation with bold, big-character beers…including many groundbreaking IPAs. So it’s no surprise the San Diego-based craft beer company is revisiting one of its hoppiest Stone Collaboration beers for the latest installment of the Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Brewed with two fellow hop-obsessed brewers from California’s Beachwood Brewing and Heretic Brewing Company, the Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA is making its way to select markets nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.
Given the phenomenal result the trio created in 2014, Heretic owner and Brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff and Beachwood Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago were invited to rebrew a new version of the memorable collaboration beer with the Stone Brewing team. Since they share an affection for over-the-top, hoppy beers, the collaborators couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore familiar territory and revisit this double IPA…and the dynamic trio is still not apologizing for making another IPA.
“Our brewing team had a great time collaborating with Jamil and Julian to create this recipe,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “It instantly became a fan favorite, so we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring this back under our Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Given how tasty this beer was the first time around, we decided to keep most of it the same save for incorporating some different hop varietals to up the hop intensity.”
Early in the brewing process, classic American hops Chinook and Magnum are added to contribute earthy, piney and resiny overtones. With Azacca and Motueka as late kettle additions and in the dry hop, this double IPA carries prevalent citrusy and berry aromatics that transcend into the overall flavor. Beachwood / Heretic / Stone StillUnapologetic IPA highlights a new hop varietal, Idaho 7, that creates tropical fruit and herbal qualities. In all, five different hops were combined and added at various stages during the brewing process, producing myriad aromas and flavors that flourish against the mild body provided by the malt bill.
To experience the hop intensity in its prime, fans should enjoy Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA as soon as possible.
Who says the world needs another IPA? We still do.
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