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Stone Brewing Releases
“2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops”

A coveted barley wine re-emerges with a new American hop
It’s that time of year when beer enthusiasts clamor for one of Stone Brewing‘s highly anticipated annual releases. Since debuting in 1998, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine has attracted fans who are passionate about the robust ale. Devotees and hopheads are in for a treat when they experience 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops. Beginning this week, this year’s über-hopped-up iteration will start arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft to restaurants, bars and retailers in select markets where Stone beer is sold.
Brewmaster Mitch Steele and the brewing team wanted to showcase the attributes of Pekko hops, so copious amounts—keeping up with our love of hops, of course—were used to dry-hop this year’s edition of the recipe. Originally created by Stone President and co-founder Steve Wagner 18 years ago, the recipe changes only slightly from year to year, always featuring a brawny malt backbone that makes it suitable for aging.

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In the last year, we’ve been running the relatively new Pekko hop varietal through our hop evaluation program and we loved the intense stone fruit and tropical fruit attributes it provided to our classic barley wine style ale,” said Steele. “Over the years, our fans have learned they can look forward to Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine often highlighting different varietals. Think of it as variations on a theme.”
The beer pours a deep amber color and carries strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Because of the hefty malt bill, its flavor is rich and malty, displaying hints of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar upfront. Nugget, Cascade, Chinook and Delta hops were added during the brewing process to balance out the prevalent barley character and contribute pineapple and peach notes in the finish.
To fully appreciate the generous addition of Pekko hops, 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine should be enjoyed fresh, as soon as fans please. Thanks to its strong malt backbone and elevated alcohol content, with time and proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower), the intense hop character will mellow out, allowing the beer to become smoother and more matured.
Quick Facts
 Name: 2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops
Stats: 11% ABV, 75 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning February 8
Hop Varieties: Cascade, Chinook, Delta, Nugget and Pekko
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Germany; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; and United Kingdom
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 Tasting Notes 
 provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele

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Appearance: Pours a deep, rich amber with a tan head.
Aroma: Intense fruit, a cool blend of peach, pineapple and mango flavors, followed by hints of vanilla and a really nicely balanced caramel malt character.
Taste: Fruit flavors dominate the taste, with most of the tropical fruit coming from the dry hop, but a lot of the pineapple is derived from our proprietary yeast strain. It’s fruity, hoppy, malty and BIG. It finishes with a very strong hop presence.
Palate: Full bodied, moderately balanced sweetness, slight alcohol warmth with a bitter finish.
Overall: Pekko is a variety from the American Dwarf Hop Association that we ran through our hop evaluation program and really liked its attributes. Our brewing team enjoys the fruity flavors it provides in beers such as IPAs and now in this version of our annual barley wine. It has intense stone fruit and tropical fruit character, adding a great touch to our classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine recipe.



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Suggested Pairings
provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Grilled prawns, Maytag Blue-stuffed figs, pulled pork sliders, mushroom tartlets
Soups: Hot and sour tofu soup, chicken and andouille gumbo, sweet potato & carrot soup Caribbean fish stew
Entrees: Jerk chicken with coconut rice, kalua pork, Thai red curry, cassoulet, duck breast
Cheeses: Maytag Blue, Keen’s Cheddar, Ewephoria, Shropshire Blue
Desserts: Salted caramel ice cream, peach cobbler, apple strudel, oatmeal raisin cookies
Cigars: Drew Estate Herrera Estelí, Casa Magna Colorado Robusto
About Stone Brewing
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.
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Stone Brewing | 1999 Citracado Pkwy
Escondido, California 92029 USA

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I am a sports fanatic, music lover, outdoor enthusiast and beer advocate born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA. While I am not out exploring San Diego’s craft beer scene, I can be found hanging out at the beach with friends or attending southern California’s many live music events. My passion for craft beer was inherited from my father while home brewing together in their garage. I continued to share his passion for craft beer with friends while attending college in Los Angeles, where I was able to explore the craft beer scene outside of San Diego. In the future, I hope to be involved in Marketing/ Event Planning for the craft beer industry so I can spread my love and passion for beer with the larger San Diego community. I am an avid sports fan and can be seen sharing a pint with other aliens at local Padre and Charger games!

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