Suede Imperial Porter: A Stone / 10 Barrel / Bluejacket Collaboration

 
Stone Brewing's latest collaboration, Suede Imperial Porter, will be released on Monday, October 7. Oregon beer lovers should pay special attention because Suede was co-created with Tonya Cornett from 10 Barrel Brewing. To give you an idea of what this Suede is all about, here are a few snippets from Stone's press release:

"Suede evokes a sense of smooth, sexy, coolness and, for some, perhaps the ’70′s. But when used to describe the latest concoction from Stone Brewing Co., 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter, it’s just groovy. The beer was created in collaboration with Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, OR and Megan O’ Leary Parisi of Bluejacket in Washington, D.C.

Cornett had a vision for the style of beer the trio would produce, while O’Leary Parisi envisioned using ingredients indigenous to Southern California. The latter was accomplished by including avocado honey, dried jasmine, and calendula flowers plucked from the fertile grounds at Stone’s North County San Diego farmstead, Stone Farms.

The result is a luscious, smooth and flavorful beer that incorporates the deep cocoa and coffee characteristics of a porter with a delicate but discernible bouquet of herbs and floral sweetness. “I have always enjoyed the subtleties of ingredients – botanicals, spices, sugars and other things like that, which can enhance the flavors of a base beer,” said O’Leary Parisi. “There is a certain joy to finding that balance of making your additional ingredients perfectly complementary and not overwhelming.” 

As you might expect, this is a big beer that can be aged. It weighs in at 9.6% ABV and sports 50 IBUs. To celebrate the launch of Suede Imperial Porter in Oregon, Stone is hosting several release events across the state.  The full schedule is listed below.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to dig up my old suede jacket so I can properly enjoy this beer.

  
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Monday, October 7
10 Barrel Brewing Co. beginning at 5:30 p.m.
1135 NW Galveston, Bend, OR 97701
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett as she celebrates the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the official Stone-distributed beer will also be available. 

10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise beginning at 5:30 p.m. 
830 West Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. brewmaster Sean Kelso and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin at the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise Brew Pub as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the original Stone-distributed beer will also be available.


Tuesday, October 15
Belmont Station from 5 to 8 p.m.
4500 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter in Portland. The beer will be offered on draft and in bottles.

 
Wednesday, October 16
Roscoe’s beginning at 5 p.m.
8150 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter with a tap takeover event featuring beers from both breweries on tap.


Thursday, October 17
The Mountain Jug Beer Shop from 5 to 7 p.m.
56805 Venture Lane, Sunriver, OR 97707
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. The beer will be available on draft and in bottles.


Friday, October 18
Broken Top Bottle Shop and Ale Café from 5 to 7 p.m.
1740 NW Pence Lane #1, Bend, OR 97701
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they host a tap takeover event in celebration of their collaboration beer: 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter, which will be available on draft and in bottles.

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