Stone Brewing Co. – 5 Brewers 5 Casks 5 Courses


Enjoy 5 ‘one-off’ Stone Brewing Co. Casks paired with 5 courses
Spend an evening with Ken Wright, Stone’s Minister of Evangelism and Indoctrination, and five of Stone’s illustrious brewers – including Stone’s Brewmaster Mitch Steele for 5 Brewers, 5 Casks, 5 Courses.

Where: 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill

When: March 5, 2013 at 7PM

What: A pairing dinner featuring 5 special one off casks of Stone Brewing Co. beer crafted specifically by 5 different brewers to pair with each of their designated course.

Who: Mitch Steele – Brewmaster, Steve Gonzalez – Research and Small Batch Manager, Hollie Stephenson – Brewing Supervisor, Cecil Manasco – Small Batch Brewer and Justin Clemente – Brewer. Last but not least, food created by Chef James Boyle

Cost: $55.00 per person (this does not include gratuity) 

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The Pairing Menu

First course: Roasted cauliflower and uni bisque, with duo of morels and chanterelles, with chive oil

Hollie Stephenson, Brewing Supervisor, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA w/Lychee, Yuzu, Toasted Macadamia Nuts, and Grains of Paradise

Second Course: house smoked trout on a cilantro blini stack, with salmon roe, crème fraich, and a pomegranate gastrique

Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone IPA, with french oak and a new hop: Vic’s Secret from Australia-lemony citrus goodness….

Third Course: Roasted duck breast with roasted candy beets, parsnip puree, micro green salad with a granny smith apple and pancetta vinaigrette

Steve Gonzalez, Research and Small Batch Manager, Stone Levitation Ale w/Darjeeling and Chamomile Tea, and Tangerine Zest

Fourth course: Braised Pork ossobuco with hooks two year cheddar grits, roasted heirloom carrots, in a red ancho mole, pickled red onion

Cecil Menasco, Small Batch Brewer, Arrogant Bastard Ale w/Chipotle

Fifth course: Bourbon gelato Affogato, lavette coffee , little john english toffee, rosemary syrup

Justin Clemente, Brewer, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA w/Crystallized Ginger and Cacao Nibs

Seating is limited, so please make your reservations soon!

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Making Its Yearly Debut: 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Released Today


ESCONDIDO, CA (Feb. 24, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. is celebrating the release of its big, malty, fiercely hopped strong ale: 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine. Beginning today, eager consumers and collectors may pick up a bottle of this annual release at retailers in select markets across the country.
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine is a brawny beer with a rich malt backbone and assertive New World hop profile. The beer pours a burnt amber color with strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Its flavor is rich and malty, displaying hints of molasses and brown sugar up front, with apricot and pine notes in the finish.
“Each year, the beer’s recipe is slightly adjusted to allow us to play with different malt and hop varieties,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “All in all, I aim for the same end result: a well-rounded, complex beer that’s ready to drink now or age at cellar temperatures for many years.”
Fans may enjoy 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine now, or properly store it to enjoy in the future. Over time, the hoppiness of the beer will fade and its initial sweetness will smooth out, transforming the beer into a much different, even richer and more refined brew.  
2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Quick Facts
Name: 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
Stats: 11.6% ABV, 80 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning February 24
Hops Bill: Nugget, Cascade, Delta, Chinook
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA


Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Deep amber with a creamy tan head and light haze.
Aroma: A blend of bready and banana yeast esters, toffee malt flavors and citrus hops. Allowing the beer to warm to ~50°-55°F really allows the malt and hop character to come through.
Taste: Flavor is rich and malty, with a pronounced yeasty ester profile. It finishes with light citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors.
Palate: Rich and smooth up front. At mid-palate the beer transitions to a pleasant dryness and lingering hop bitterness with a slight alcohol heat on the finish.
Overall: We make small adjustments to the recipe every year, just a little bit, as it provides an opportunity to try some different hops or malts. This year, the changes were minor. We used Nugget instead of Magnum for the bittering hop, and we replaced the CTZ hops in the whirlpool with Cascade to give the beer a piney, more citrusy note. It’s a well-rounded, complex beer that is ready to drink now, or can be aged at cellar temperature for many years.


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Maui Brewing Co. to Join Stone Brewing Co. in Distributing Craft Beer Brands in Maui


MAUI, HAWAII (Feb. 13, 2014) – Maui Brewing Co. is pleased to announce that the authentic Hawaiian craft brewery is partnering with San Diego, CA-based Stone Brewing Co. to create a new craft beer distributor: Maui – Stone Craft Beverages. The distribution company was created by craft brewers specifically for Hawaiian craft beer enthusiasts. Maui – Stone Craft Beverages will offer both breweries’ beers as well as an amazing portfolio of other craft beer brands from Colorado and California. The ultimate goal of this joint venture is to elevate craft beer awareness island-wide and bring more craft beer to Hawaii.

Targeting April 2014, Stone will begin shipping a diverse portfolio of bottles and kegs to Maui from San Diego by way of refrigerated containers. Once the beer arrives in Maui, it will be transported to a 16,000-square-foot distribution center with a cold storage area.  Stone Brewing and Maui Brewing’s joint efforts will ensure that fans have the opportunity to purchase various fresh craft beer brands at retailers for on-site and off-site consumption throughout Maui that will include:
Maui Brewing Co. – Maui, HI
Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido (San Diego County), CA
AleSmith Brewing Company – San Diego, CA
Avery Brewing Company – Boulder, CO
Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Healdsburg (Sonoma County), CA
The Bruery – Placentia (Orange County), CA
Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, CO
Port Brewing Company/ The Lost Abbey – San Marcos (San Diego County), CA
Saint Archer Brewing Co. – San Diego, CA
Maui Brewing Founder Garrett Marrero and Stone Co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner have been long time friends and business acquaintances, working together to attain mutual success in the craft beer industry.

“Ever since Greg and I initially met and shared a cab in 2006 during the Seattle World Beer Cup, we have had a positive and continuously growing relationship as craft beer comrades,” said Marrero. “A major part of Stone and Maui’s successful relationship can be credited to both companies having aligned visions for the growth of craft beer, including environmental sustainability, regard for the community and uncompromising business ethics. Maui – Stone Craft Beverages is just another foray in the brewing companies’ shared mission of bringing great beers to deserving fans.”

Since 2008, Maui Brewing Co. has employed Stone’s own distribution company, Stone Distributing Co., to make its craft ales and lagers available to retailers throughout Southern California. Additionally, in 2009, Maui Brewing contributed to the collaborative brewing of Ken Schmidt/Maui/Stone Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter, and helped Stone secure special ingredients for the beer through its distributors.

As a result of this new distribution partnership, Maui residents may expect a dramatic increase in craft beer selections from notable brewers. Most importantly, because of this joint venture, Maui is about to become even more flavorful for residents and visitors alike!

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STOCHASTICITY PROJECT Releases Inaugural Beer Today: Grapefruit Slam IPA


(February 10, 2014)—This is the first official transmission from the headquarters of the Stochasticity Project, a first-of-itskind, broad-scale experiment exploring the limits of imagination and the concept of randomness through the craft of brewing. On February 10, the first beer to be developed via the Stochasticity Project will arrive on store shelves throughout the United States. The inaugural beer from the project, Grapefruit Slam IPA, is a big-bodied, yet refreshing India pale ale marrying hand-zested grapefruit peel with the inherent citrusy bitterness of Centennial hops from the fertile bines of Washington state. A one-time offering available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles, Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA ushers in what, according to years of studies and supporting data, will be the next enthralling chapter in the history of American craft brewing.

Dry, earthily bitter and packed with the character of sun-kissed fruit, Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA seems natural in its cohesive perfection, but it is a beer birthed from iterations both numerous and varied. Though new to the world at large, the fermentation engineers at the helm of the Stochasticity Project’s brewing laboratory and research facility have been at work for years, testing ale and lager recipes, calling on centuries-old techniques and implementing modern processes. These recipes will satisfy palates of nth degree beer nerds searching for the ultimate in flavors and innovations from the craft brewing revolution.

Wide-ranging information on Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA and several beers which will be released in its wake can be found at Casual beer imbibers should be forewarned that this is not a forum for passive enthusiasts. What awaits at the Stochasticity Project’s official site is an exploration behind the science of beer, and cutting edge theories and ideas governing the direction of this ongoing program. A visit, no matter how brief, is certain to expand one’s knowledge and understanding of the brewing process, rendering it impossible to see beer the same way ever again. But that is one of the many, big-picture, big-reward ambitions of the Stochasticity Project. This ambitious undertaking starts today with the release of Grapefruit Slam IPA, descending on this nation like a lupulin-laced, banner-hoisting standard bearer for the new age of craft beer.


About the Stochasticity Project: There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place and seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special and unpredictable series of beers, where exotic notions, ingredients and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint. To keep up with the latest developments in this unique and noble experiment, follow The Stochasticity Project on social media via Facebook (StochasticityProject), Twitter (@StchPrjct) and Instagram (@StochasticityProject).

Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA Stats:
Original Gravity: 18°Plato/1.072 Specific Gravity
Terminal Gravity: 3°Plato/1.012 Specific Gravity
Alcohol: 8.2% v/v / 6.6% w/w
Color: 9°L / 18 EBC


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Black Rhino – Black Imperial India Pale Ale 8.5% abv by Ohana Brewing Company


After a long day of work, and just settling in at the house. I got a suprise visit from a friend of mine and now brewer of Ohana Brewing Company, Erick “Riggz” Villar. Watching him walk up the walkway with a cooler in his hand, I knew it was going to be a good suprise. Riggz opened the cooler and hands me a growler of Ohana’s Black Rhino.

Black Rhino is the third release of their “Rhino” series from Ohana. The Rhino series was dedicated to L.A.’s craft beer legend and creator of Rhinosruin & also a writer at Beers In Paradise, Alex “Rhino” Rebollo. The first release was Rhino’s Ruin. Second release was Rhino’s Redemption. Both brewed by former Head Brewer and now Smog City Brewing brewer Chris Walowski. The third and final of the trilogy, Black Rhino, which was brewed by Riggz.

After getting a little “grub” into our bellies prepared by my Wife, I was eager to crack open the growler.
We sat around the dinning room table and poured our first (OF MANY!) pours.
So I popped the swing top growler open, and took a whiff. Poured up 2 glasses, one for Riggz and one for myself.


The beer poured a really dark brown even cola-like with a big carbonated white mocha colored head. From the first whiff, I got a touch of pine followed by chocolate. So we “Salud” and took a swig.

First drink I got a huge chocolate taste. Settling in, and going in for the second drink, Black Rhino starts off chocolaty taste on the front end of the palate. Not a harsh dark chocolate bitterness but a soft silky chocolate matching the medium body. What’s great about the bigger carbonation is that it lifted the chocolate body off the tongue quicker and making way for the big piney hop profile to come rolling in afterward telling you, this is an IPA. So good, it’s like 2 different beers in one drink. Starting off chocolatey and ending piney.

I didn’t realize that this was an 8.5% abv beer until I seen the label. I got zero heat and no alcohol taste whatsoever. The beer finished so dry which made it so refreshing at the same time. Truth be told, it was too easy to drink! We finished the growler Riggz brought and found myself wanting more. So, I popped my “review” growler afterwards. I guess that can tell you what I thought of the beer. We went through a 32oz growler and a 1 liter growler in one sitting. Over indulge? Never!

Thanks to Riggz for sharing and Ohana Brewing for the beer!

Look out for Black Rhino on draught at your local Craft Beer spot.

I thank you and appreciate you reading my experience with Black Rhino Black Imperial IPA. Hope you enjoyed.

Steven Torres


Ohana Brewing Company
1756 E 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058

Ohana Brewing Company Taproom (opening soon)
7 S. First Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Ohana Brewing Company

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Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Fest 2014, On Sale Now!


The 5th LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest is May 17, 2014 on The Sunset Strip!

Quarry GirlTony’s Darts Away and The Roxy present the 5th Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Fest on May 17, 2014!


The 5th edition of LA Vegan Beer Fest will be the biggest and best yet, featuring Southern California’s best vegan food and beers. With unlimited samples, you can taste beers from participating breweries with your ticket and receive your very own LAVBF glass. Last year 40 breweries and 30 food vendors took part in the fest… plus five bands, live art and much more!

VIP tickets include 12pm entry and special brews.
GA entrance is 1pm.
Address: 8950 W. Sunset Blvd., 90069
FB Page: Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest
Twitter: @veganbeerfest
Instagram: laveganbeerfest

A portion of all ticket sales benefits k9 connection!

This sells out weeks before every year, so get your tix soon!

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Congregation Ale House Event February/March Calendar


Thursday February 6th
Sierra Nevada Specialty Pint Night
Azusa Chapter @7PM
Their goal was simple, to brew the beers that they wanted to drink. In the process they changed the beer world forever.  Decades later, they’re still at it, and the passion burns brighter than ever. Sierra Nevada swag raffle!

Wednesday, February 12th
Drakes Flight Night @7PM
Long Beach Chapter
Drake’s brewers have set the standard for West Coast Style ales with their unflinching dedication o brewing clean, high quality, innovative, and often unapologetically hoppy beers. Featuring Hopocalypse and Jolly Rodger release

Thursday, February 13th
Ladyface Appreciation Night
Pasadena Chapter @7PM
Ladyface has been undeniably instrumental in helping LA assert its presence in the brewing world, which earned it the title of Best Brewery” by LA Weekly in 2012. February 14th is a day for lovers. February 13th is a day for lovers of great beer.  Join us in enjoying all of the greatness that is Ladyface Ale Companie!

Wednesday, February 26th
Bottle Share
Azusa Chapter @7PM
Great beer is meant to be shared with others!

Thursday, March 6th
Golden Road Tap Takeover
Long Beach Chapter @7PM
Let’s show some local love! Free pint glasses, giveaways, and of course, great beer.

Monday, March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day
All Chapters
Show your Irish pride! Traditional Irish Fare and Green Beer!

Monday, March 24th – Sunday March 30th
Stone Week 
All Chapters
A brewery like Stone needs no introduction. It needs 7 days dedicated to it brilliance. Congregation hosts our 3rd annual Stone Week. 60+ kegs. Giveaways. Raffles. Prizes. Dignitaries. “Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies!”

Wednesday, March 26th
Bottle Share
Azusa Chapter @7PM
Great beer is meant to be shared with others!

201 E Broadway Av, Long Beach CA 90802    562.432.BEER

619 N Azusa Av, Azusa CA 91702   626.334.BEER

300 S Raymond Av, Pasadena CA 91105     626.403.BEER

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