Stone Brewing Co released a new beer today to commemorate their 17 years of brewing outside the box. You may even know that it bears a name inspired by German opera. But you probably don’t know just exactly what this mind-blowing new beer actually is. Well, you’re about to find out!

Best known for representing divergent variations of IPAs, Stone Anniversary Ales are not generally connected with ingredients like noble hops, which are often associated with lagered beer and milder hop characteristics. Enter Brewmaster Mitch Steele. He examined the landscape of beer and decided that tradition was not so much a rule as a challenge to be overcome. What exactly would happen if we decided to take the classic German pilsner and combine it with West Coast sensibilities? Would it fail? Would it succeed? Or would it be Götterdämmerung? (FYI, that’s a German translation of the Old Norse myth of the Ragnarok. ‘Nuff said.)

Suggested food pairings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak

Appetizers: Honey-ginger chicken skewers, crab cakes, grilled peaches with blue cheese, Marcona almonds
Salads: Citrus with goat cheese, summer fruit, Thai seafood, Waldorf
Entrees: Rotisserie chicken, Cajun shrimp and grits, tofu stir fry, cedar plank salmon
Cheeses: Grana Padrano, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Green Mountain Blue Cheese, Point Reyes Blue
Desserts: Peach cobbler, carrot cake, rhubarb pie, lemon squares
Cigars: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli, Montecristo Platinum Churchill, My Father Flor de las Antillas Toro, Illusione Epernay Le Martin


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