Since we opened glug… in 2013 perhaps the most mentioned US brewer (in fact any brewer) by thirsty gluggers was Californian-based Stone Brewing Co.
Their first keg of Stone Pale Ale sold on July 26, 1996 to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame.
Their legendary ‘Arrogant Bastard Ale’ was unleashed upon the world in November 1997.
The brewery Moved to its current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005 and then opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006.
Perhaps the best news of all was that in July 2014, Stone announced plans to be the 1st American craft brewer to own and operate a brewery in Europe with Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin.
Our advice – Stone Brewing Co. beers are super fresh. Buy them then drink them as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!
What we sell at glug… (click on the bottles for even more beer info)
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA (8.7%) – Stone are brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows them to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self-righteous black IPA.
Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale.
Yes, theory damn well know their stuff at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of them not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of theirs is.
Thus the name they are compelled to give it – Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA – serves as a reminder of just how good they are, in both liquid and verbal form.
Stone are certainly not perfect. Too often, they allow their modesty to get the best of them as they are simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio.
When you’re good, you’re good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it.
Others benefit from knowing. In this case, they find they are compelled to point out how amazing this ale is that they rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.
First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With them. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but Stone were focused on how much they liked it, and they felt it was truly sublime.
That euphoria didn’t last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn’t be any more. For them!.
And that was simply unacceptable. So, Stone are now blessing themselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale.
Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of theirs.
You are genuinely welcome, as it is Stone’s pleasure.
Pale Ale (5.4%) – Stone Pale Ale is a Southern California take on the classic British ale.
Deep amber in color, this beer is a robust and full-flavored interpretation of the traditional style.
Its bold malt character is perfectly complemented by a judicious amount of hops, lending it a subtly enticing aroma.
This is an ale for those who have learned to appreciate distinctive flavours and have a thirst for something out of the ordinary.
Levitation Amber Ale (4.4%) – Stone are best known for brewing aggressive, big-character beers, but they love a great sessionable ale as much as anyone.
Most beers at the less-weighty end of the spectrum lack flavour and depth as much as they lack high ABVs, but not Stone Levitation Ale!
This deep amber brew has a rich maltiness, big hoppy character, citrus overtones, and an impressively modest alcohol content for a beer with so much flavour packed into it.
India Pale Ale (IPA) – By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and Stone deliver in spades.
Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the USA, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavour and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character.
This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.
Ruination IPA (8.2%) – so called because of its truly “ruinous” effect on your palate.
This massive hop monster will change forever your preconceptions of what defines good beer.
This is Stone IPA’s big brother, and they mean BIG.
Stone essentially began with their already-awesome Stone IPA, threw in an extra-large helping of malt, and added a lot more hops.
And then some more.
And then even more, resulting in a vibrant blast of citrusy bitterness that hits you on the first sip.
Just one taste and you’ll know why Stone call this indelicate jewel “A liquid poem to the glory of the hop!”
Smoked Porter (5.9%) – When Stone first released, their smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time.
Today, it’s a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and Stone’s go-to food complement.
It pairs effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly to apple pie.
This worldly libation is dark, smooth, and complex, with rich chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
And finally …
Arrogant Bastard Ale (7.2%) – This is an aggressive ale. Stone say you probably won’t like it.
It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.
Stone would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal.
Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.
Stone Brewing believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny – a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid.
Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste.
As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity.
There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
It even has its own website …
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Main image (c) Ian Clarkin. Thanks to Stone Brewing Co. for the information and other images on this page.