Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) recently announced that they have partnered with Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to create the limited release collaboration Give Me Stout or Give Me Death.
Now that their new production brewery in Richmond, Virginia is operational, the folks at Stone Brewing Co. figured they would properly introduce themselves to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and neighboring breweries Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery by inviting them over to collaborate on a beer. This motley brew crew put their heads together and decided to create Give Me Stout or Give Me Death as a “cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer.” With the foundation of this Imperial Stout being heavily influenced by Stone Brewing’s predilection for assertive, hop-forward beers, the Virginia locals implemented the use of locally sourced raspberries and blackberries to “provide a sweetness to start, followed by fruit tartness that nicely balances” the beer. To come full circle, all parties involved agreed on the use of Belma hops – a variety that provides berry and citrus notes – late in the brewing process to “complement the Virginia-grown berries, making for an assertive bitterness on the finish alongside the warm flavors of roasted malt.” Weighing in at a sizeable 9.5% ABV, Give Me Stout or Give Me Death comes together as a steadfast declaration that would make Patrick Henry proud.
“With nearly 160 craft breweries, Virginia’s craft beer industry is booming and thanks to partnerships like this, we can continue to share the Virginia craft beer story not only up and down the East Coast, but across the U.S.,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Stone Brewing has built an incredible operation here that is already benefiting the City of Richmond’s economy and its quality of life. Now with its first collaboration with local mainstays, Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Stone has created an excellent platform for future partnerships with the Virginia craft beer industry. It was a great honor to contribute to the production of this stout that touts both the history of our Commonwealth and its rich agricultural offerings, and an even greater honor to drink it!”
Give Me Stout or Give Me Death is a limited release that will officially become available on December 12. You will be able to find this offering in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments in Virginia, Alabama and handful of other select markets within Stone Brewing’s distribution area (mostly East Coast, full list of states available below). If this sounds like your kind of brew, start checking those bottle shops soon and often because I am certain that this release will not last for long. Prost!
Vital Information for Give Me Stout or Give Me Death from Stone Brewing Co., Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Release – Limited, beginning December 12
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 94
Hops – Belma & Nugget
Added Ingredients – Virginia raspberries & blackberries
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – AL, AR, DC, DE, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA and at CA Stone Brewing locations only