Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) announced today that it has officially begun the Limited Release of Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA, a celebratory offering brewed to mark the brewery’s 21st Anniversary.
With a never-ending desire to learn and find new inspirations, Stone Brewing is venturing into “brand new territory” this year by creating Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA with a “distinctive combination of hops used alongside wheat malt.” Pekko and Mosaic hops lend notes of “orange and peach alongside just the right dankness” while the wheat malt adds “to the nice malt backbone of the beer.” This Double India Pale Ale is then left unfiltered to enhance “the grainy characteristics of the wheat while bringing out the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the hops.” Clocking in at 9.8% ABV and 80 IBUs, Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA is meant to be enjoyed as fresh as possible.
“It’s been said that ‘nothing is original,’ which infers that we’ve pilfered freely, stolen, thieved and otherwise taken inspiration from others in every step of our journey,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “No problem owning that. We haven’t invented beer, just given it our take. And with this beer, we took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry hopped it a lot and share it openly in the hopes that in some ways it may in turn inspire others.”
Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA officially released on August 14 and will be available while supplies last. You can track this Limited Release offering down in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Release – Limited/Anniversary, launching mid-August 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.8%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Magnum, Pekko, Mosaic & Hopsteiner Exp. 06300
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Nationwide
Fun Fact – In reference to the naming of Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA: “The beer’s name is a celebration of thieving all things that inspire. The beer itself is a celebration of a brewer, which has devoured the inspiring for a prolific 21 years.”