For the first time ever, Stone Brewing is sharing their beer release schedule—for the entire year.
Included in the many new releases are re-releases of past favorites to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Aptly named their “20th Anniversary Encore Series,” the six-beer line-up kicks off this month with Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. The story behind the stout goes as follows:
In 2008, as the 12th anniversary approached, hops were in scarce supply. The brewing team embraced the worldwide hop shortage and brewed something rich and malty, pulling bitterness from pure cacao added at the end of the boil in place of hops. At the time, it was a rare venture into a realm explored less often by our brewers, and the outcome was highly acclaimed by fans (and still is to this day). Eight years later, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout has been rebrewed to the exact specifications of the original recipe and features artwork evocative of the first time it hit store shelves. The onyx-colored, malt-forward stout offers a thick, rich, roasty mouthfeel and sensual chocolate flavors and aromatics.
The beer will be available starting the week of January 25 in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers, restaurants, and bars.
For more information about the other beers (33 in total) Stone’s planning to brew this year, head to their website.