– The masterminds behind Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Victory Brewing Company and Stone Brewing have joined forces once again to create the ever-flavorful, herb-infused Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF. In an honorable crusade for flavor, the Stone Collaboration beer will start arriving this week in limited amounts via 12-ounce six-packs and on draft to retailers in select U.S. markets.
In 2003 Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head, founder), Bill Covaleski (Victory, co-founder) and Greg Koch (Stone, co-founder) formed an ad hoc coalition they dubbed Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor (BUFF) with the goal of drawing attention to the craft beer revolution. While it’s hard to fathom today, in 2003 the mainstream media gave scant notice to craft beer, and it was the three brothers of BUFF’s goal to change that by driving awareness for quality, flavorful beers.
The jointly developed recipe for Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF was first brewed at Stone in 2010 with all three BUFF brothers present, and then ever-so-slightly tweaked versions were replicated at each of the other two breweries that same year. Stone revisited it again in 2012, when fate (and the Craft Brewers Conference) brought all three good friends and industry compatriots back together again in San Diego. Rather than deprive the world of this special release, each year each brewery agreed to take turns brewing its own batch in rotating years, following the initial recipe for inspiration—Dogfish Head in 2014 and Victory in 2015. Thus, after a nearly four-year hiatus, Stone is rebrewing the dry-hopped saison for a glorious yet limited return to celebrate and further ignite the fight against dull, mass-produced beers.
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