|ESCONDIDO, CA ... – Now entering its 19th year in the craft beer business, Stone Brewing Co. is in a state of unprecedented expansion. In addition to constructing an East Coast brewing facility in Richmond, Virginia, the country’s ninth largest craft brewery—with a long history of forwarding a number of craft beer styles that are now some of the most popular—is on the verge of further differentiating itself by becoming the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Appropriately (yet, admittedly, by coincidence), Stone is introducing an internationally inspired, celebratory offering, Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA. An IPA brewed entirely with Australian hops and malt, the beer will begin appearing on draft and in commemorative 22-ounce bottles across the country on August 10.|
Over the past year, Stone has expanded international distribution of its decidedly bold beers into other countries, including Australia. When the time came to take Stone beers “down under,” Brewmaster Mitch Steele and Lead Brewer Jeremy Moynier traveled across the Pacific to personally introduce their liquid wares. While there, they brewed a collaboration rye-infused IPA with Australia’s Nomad Brewing Co. and sampled a bevy of the country’s exotic hop varietals, a number of which they were quite familiar with through hop trials and pilot brews back at home. The duo was so inspired by the country’s wealth of top-notch ingredients that, upon return, they developed a recipe for an all-Australian beer…that interestingly is rather unlike anything currently being brewed there, or here.
Brewed exclusively with Australian hops—Ella, Vic Secret, Galaxy, Topaz—and malted barley shipped from Australia specifically for this one-time release, the beer is bitter as an angry wallaroo and punched up with intense flavors of mango, pineapple and citrus. Exotic tropical fruit and pineapple aromatics are followed up by prevalent fruity hop flavors and a lingering intense bitterness on the finish. Thanks to the Fairview malt used as the base grain, the result is an IPA that authentically showcases unique hop varietals from the land down under.
Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA is the cornerstone of the company’s anniversary festivities, which include a two-day, three-part celebration in Stone’s home region of north San Diego County. Comprising a Friday Night Brewers Reception on August 14, followed by the West Coast’s largest annual ale and lager event, the dual-session Stone 19th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival on August 15, tickets to this year’s suds soirée are available at anniv.sto nebrewing.com. This year’s two-day celebration will attract upwards of 7,500 guests, with 100 percent of proceeds going to four charity organizations: