Thursday, November 12, 2015

new releases


More than just another IPA

4 Hands / Bale Breaker / Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA

For our latest collaboration, we ventured into uncharted territory with 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Bale
Breaker Brewing Company—two rising stars of American craft brewing. Brewed with experimental hops
HBC 342 and HBC 344, along with beloved varietals Simcoe and Mosaic, this imperial IPA's stone fruit,
pine, tropical fruit, berry and citrus notes are amplified by a dose of puréed peaches.

So, yeah, we made (more than just) another IPA: 
#SorryNotSorry. Read more about this unapologetically 
delicious beer on The Stone Blog.

For those of you who are thinking, "Is this beer coming to my area and, if so, when?" we have created our 

new, exclusive "beer tracker." This great tool, located on the beer's official web page, will serve as a 
handy companion to the Stone Beer Finder for getting your hands on
4 Hands / Bale Breaker / Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA.

From Phillips Brewing:

Pucker up and play the sour note! Thorny Horn Raspberry Brown Ale, our latest seasonal beer,
is brewed intentionally sour.  Born as a medium bodied brown ale, it is infused with raspberries 
and augmented with lively Lactobacillus bacteria, the magical secret to sour.  (**tasty fun-fact: 
our 'lacto' strain was actually cultured in-house from our own spent grain)

Pouring a deep ruby red colour topped by a frothy bubblegum-pink head, a tangy berry nose leads 
to a rich, slightlysharp raspberry tartness through the body that finishes puckeringly dry.  This 
sour brew is proof that sometimes the best notes fall outside of traditional scales!

Thorny Horn is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time!  


EAST VAN ORIGINAL

Announcing another great beer release
from the original East Van brewery.

It's been said that 'necessity is the mother of invention', an old English 
proverb meaning that difficult or impossible scenarios prompt inventions
that attempt to ease that difficulty.  It is with this pioneering and gritty attitude 
that two great innovations came to be.
The need for BEER and the need for a HOME have long been the most basic to 
human existence...  The Vancouver Special IPA celebrates both inventions that overcame the difficulty and have become the defining expressions of R&B Brewing 
Co.'s newest brew.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BEER:
In the early 1700's troops and 'ex-pat' citizens living in India did not have access to
 good British ale because it was too hot to brew in India. When they tried to ship it 
over the gruelling 6 month long journey it would spoil. In 1780, a London brewer 
named Hodgson created a strong, heavily hopped beer that would normally be 
aged before drinking.  He called it October Ale, and when it was shipped to India,
 it not only survived the journey but the taste improved dramatically.  This was 
the first IPA. When refridgeration came about, proper IPA began to die out, until 
around 1976 American craft brewers started a new love affair with forgotten beer 
styles including IPA.
THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME:
As with all good inventions, the development of the Vancouver Special home 
design was a solution to a problem. In the late 60's then Prime Minister Pierre 
Trudeau made major changes to the immigration laws which became the catalyst 
to an influx of migrant families from India and China. Property on the east side 
of Vancouver was relatively inexpensive, and there was need for an affordable 
house design for builders to suit these buyers of the time. The Vancouver 
Special design was born.Screen shot 2015-11-08 at 1.30.06 PM
Massively reproduced
 in that era, they were without question the 
most successful mass-market housing model Vancouver has ever experienced.  There 
were more of these 
homes built in Vancouver than any other style to
 date. The design is an
 ideal layout with massive floor area, adaptability
 and affordability.  The reasons why these older homes are having a resurgence of popularity, as our East 
side neighbourhood is being renovated by new families populating and re-energizing it.
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R&B BREWING CO.'S LATEST RELEASE - THE VANCOUVER SPECIAL IPA
This hop-dominant IPA featuring Pacific Northwest 
hops is named for the box-like houses built in East Vancouver between 1965 and 1985. With moderate bitterness, it has floral citrus-like flavours -- copper-coloured ale with full hoppy aroma it has mid level maltiness which gives it a medium body.
The Vancouver Special is true to it's name -- the 
perfect 'house party' beer. Bring it home in growlers
or bottles to go with anything fatty or spicy! Crackers 
and cheese, potato chips, nachos, poutine and chicken wings.
Like the homes it was named after -- it's Big and 
Sturdy. The Vancouver Special is truly an iconic 
East Van original.
IBU: 75  SRM: 10   ABV: 6%
Available in 20 and 50L kegs, and 650ml bottles.

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