From Cali to Berlin
The next brewery under the spotlight is the excellent Stone Brewing, who I have been drinking a lot of this month thanks to Beer52.
Based out of San Diego, the craft beer powerhouse also have a HQ in Berlin, which ensures their incredible beers get the distribution throughout Europe they deserve! They have developed a close working relationship with Brewdog, which often sees their beers showcased in their bars here in Aberdeen. The ever awesome Westhill Service Station also do a great job of stocking their beers, due to their close working relationship with Brewdog (the circle of life).
I have been lucky enough to try the following Stone beers:
My favourite of the bunch is definitely Go To IPA; a crisp, citrusy hop bomb that has all the flavour of a high strength DIPA, without the high ABV.
They have this year added a new beer to their core range; Tangerine Express IPA - and I am desperate to try it. An IPA that is packed with tangerine & pineapple puree...WOW!
Stone Brewing were founded in 1996 in California USA. It is the largest brewery in Southern California, and the 10th biggest craft brewery in the United States. In 2013 Stone opened a location in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport, and in 2016 Stone Brewing Berlin was opened.
Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."
I think they might be on to something 🍻
Drygate are a brewery that I've seen and heard so much about - I just haven't drank a lot of their beer.
Enter Crossing The Rubicon - A 6.9% ABV IPA that is described by Drygate as; “Pale golden Weegie-West Coast IPA. Tropical fruit, citrus & honey combine with a cutting, bitter finish.”
Sounds good, right?
Seriously, look at that can! You just want to pick it up and look at it right? I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the can that attracted me to the beer. The awesome can art was designed by John Felix.
Anyway, on to the beer. Cracking the can and having a whiff, the aromas are almost perfect; sweet, juicy & fruity. If ever a beer was going to come close to the impeccable Tropigamma, then this is it. The bold fruity flavours hit you right up front, with pineapple and berries prominent. There's then some lovely malt and bitter hops to round off this excellent beer. I highly recommend you try it.
Crossing The Rubicon gets an impressive 4.5/5 hops from me 🍻
Heavy breathing more like! That's usually me, when Beavertown release a new beer. This one is also made with cherries...I love cherries. I had a feeling I was going to like this beer.
Again, picked up from the ever great Westhill Service Station, Heavy Water is a 9% ABV Sour Cherry and Sea Salt Imperial Stout. Described by Beavertown as; "Pitch black and thick like tar, masses of roast barley molasses, muscovado and brown sugar amp up this imperial stout so it lives up to its heavy name! Infused with sour cherries and sea salt".
This sounds like a good'un.
Beavertown aren't ones to lie when they describe a beer, and that continues again here. After you open Heavy Water and pour the silky stout liquid into a glass, you are met with a sour, chocolatey aroma. And from the first glug, the sour cherries kick in - wow! Combined with the salty stout that leaves you with a smooth malt finish. This beer was incredible.
This is another example of a Beavertown beer with with an exceptionally high ABV that is well hidden by the outstanding flavours. This does not taste like a 9% ABV beer - however, drink and few cans of it, and it will feel like a 9% ABV beer!
I feel like I keep repeating myself every time I review a Beavertown beer, especially when it comes to can art; they knock it out the park again here with another awesome design.
Overall, this beer is up with the best of the best that Beavertown have produced. I only wish I had more than one can of it!
5 out of 5 hops from me 🍻
Change of Web Address
When I first started my blog, I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing, and did a lot of things on a whim, such as the blog URL - gchcraftbeer.weebly.com.
I've been thinking for a while that I want to update this to something more relevant & unique, and I have decided to update it to match my Instagram account - where I also share a lot of craft beer related pictures.
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The Stone Brewing Box
Choose craft beer, choose a monthly subscription, choose 8 awesome beers delivered to your door, choose Ferment Magazine, choose pairing your beer with excellent snacks, choose great membership perks, choose Beer52
This month, the box is all about Stone Brewing and is almost entirely filled with their beer:
Ferment magazine features articles on Stone Brewing; their Berlin HQ, interviews with their founders, a feature on the craft beer scene in Berlin plus a bunch of others. There was also two snacks included this month;
As always, if you are interested in trying out Beer52, then you can sign up via my subscription link below...it will save you money 🍻