Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) recently announced that Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale is making a much anticipated return to shelves and taps this month as a part of the brewery’s Encore Series.
In order to properly commemorate the brewery’s 20th Anniversary, Stone Brewing is celebrating all year long with a lineup of revived fan and brewery-favorite one-off offerings as a part of their Encore Series. Is there a better way to do so than to bring back one of the brewery’s most elusive offerings from what is likely their most popular series? The folks at the brewery believe this is exactly the approach to take by allowing Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale to officially make its return.
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale was originally produced in 2002 as the first beer released in the eleven-part, “groundbreaking, millennium-inspired” Vertical Epic Series. This Imperial Belgian-style Wit is brewed with “an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops.” This carefully crafted recipe boasts aromatic notes of “rose, peach, bubblegum, citrus peel, and light spice” working in unison with a flavor profile of “white wine, honey-dew melon, citrus, orange, and a lingering, mild-spicy finish.” Only 300 cases were originally released back in 2002, and this dynamic brew was such a hit with fans that it became one of Stone Brewing’s most highly sought after beers. Thanks to the Encore Series, craft beer fans can finally get their hands on a bottle to ” taste what was the start of something truly epic.”
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale is available now as a limited offering. Look for it in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and across the nation within Stone Brewing’s distribution area. It may not disappear as quickly as the first release, but the Encore Series release of Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale certainly will not be around forever. Be sure to celebrate Stone Brewing’s 20th Anniversary in proper fashion and get your bottles while you can. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
Availability – Limited, Encore Series. Officially released on September 5
Style – Belgian-style Strong Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Centennial
Other Ingredients – Sweet orange peel, Curaçao orange peel, coriander & black pepper
Packaging – 22 oz. bottles and on draft
Distribution – AL, FL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, DC, Puerto Rico