Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stone Enjoy by 7.4.15 IPA

By: Jimmy Lannen

If you missed your chance at getting a taste of our previous "Enjoy By" beer from Stone Brewing Company, here is your chance. As mentioned a few months ago, this brewery comes out the freshest IPA available, a few times a year.

With only a handful of kegs allocated to Illinois, we have become one of the select few to get our hands on a keg. Come down this week as we tap the latest brew from Stone... Enjoy By 7.4.15.

With a 7/4 date approaching quickly, do not miss your chance at enjoying this brew. Stone has become one of the premier craft brewers in the country. Their West Coast beers are all about the hops. So much so, that four times throughout the year they brew and release a beer that is intended to be consumed as soon as possible.

The idea of the "enjoy by" date has the brewery stressing the importance of drinking this IPA within a certain period of time. Each batch usually allows for about 30+ days to consume.

This 9.4% ABV golden color brew with a creamy white head is smooth up front... but then comes the power of the hops. You will get hints of peaches and other tropical fruit both on the nose and the palate.

According to Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, "We took the opportunity with this beer to use several interesting techniques we’ve learned during our many years of brewing great double IPAs. The result is an intense, dry beer with very little malt sweetness, but with plenty of malt flavor to provide a background to the enormous...or shall I say 'ginormous' hop character. Hopping, as might be expected, was over the top." 

Stone Brewing company is located in Escondido, California. It was created in 1996 as a maker of craft brews and has become one of the heavy hitters in the craft beer market. Any place with Stone on tap shows how important a good beer selection should be.

Especially a nice, fresh brew.  Enjoy it while you can!

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