Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) announced this week that Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA is the latest offering in their 20th Anniversary Encore Series.
The 20th Anniversary Encore series is a chance for the folks at Stone Brewing to revive some fan-favorite one-offs that they have brewed over the last two decades, and Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA was absolutely a hit with hopheads when it was originally released in 2014. This collaboration once again reunites Heretic Brewing Company owner and Brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff and Beachwood Brewing Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago with the Stone Brewing team to brew a new version of the 2014 release.
“Our brewing team had a great time collaborating with Jamil and Julian to create this recipe,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “It instantly became a fan favorite, so we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring this back under our Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Given how tasty this beer was the first time around, we decided to keep most of it the same save for incorporating some different hop varietals to up the hop intensity.”
In keeping with the collaborators’ “affection for over-the-top, hoppy beers,” Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA starts with Chinook and Magnum hops early in the brewing process to impart “earthy, piney and resiny overtones.” Azacca and Motueka are utilized as late kettle additions and in the dry-hop stage to add “prevalent citrusy and berry aromatics that transcend into the overall flavor.” Idaho 7, a new hop varietal, also makes an appearance in this brew to contribute herbal and tropical fruit notes. Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA comes together as an 8.8% ABV Double IPA boasting a “myriad of aromas and flavors that flourish against the mild body provided by the malt bill.”
Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA has officially headed out to Alabama, Florida and other select markets within Stone Brewing’s distribution area. Look for this limited offering to turn up at craft beer-friendly establishments in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. This beer is meant to be consumed as soon as possible, so grab a bottle when you see it and enjoy immediately. Prost!
Vital Information on Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, available beginning August 22
ABV – 8.8%
IBUs – 85
Hops – Chinook, Magnum, Idaho 7, Motueka & Azacca
Packaging – 22 oz. bottles & draft
National Distribution – AL, FL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, 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