Stone Brewing Co. is turning 21! What type of beer might you expect them to brew to commemorate the special occasion? If you said IPA, you'd be right. Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA is a 9.8% ABV, 80 IBU unfiltered beer that features Pekko hops and a touch of wheat malt.
This limited release beer will be available nationwide in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. For more details, check out the brewery's news release below.
Stone Brewing Celebrates 21 with a Distinctive Combination of Wheat Malt, Pekko and Mosaic Hops
That, which is unique, is all but original
ESCONDIDO, CA – Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA will hit stores this week, bringing with it a bold, hoppy profile, customary of the brewery’s anniversary beers. The beer’s distinctive combination of hops used alongside wheat malt are brand new territory for the Stone Brewing team, making it a beer to mark history, as it goes down in history.
Pekko is an under-utilized hop, which plays nicely with Mosaic to create a juicy flavor profile of orange and peach alongside just the right dankness. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and even cherry candy come through on the fruity and floral aroma. Some wheat malt is included, adding to the nice malt backbone of the beer. Its unfiltered finish enhances the grainy characteristics of the wheat while bringing out the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the hops.
“Our anniversary is a special time of year for us to celebrate where we have been, but especially where we are going,” professed Stone Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier. “This beer can stand proudly with the others as it showcases our love for brewing and beer. Sharing this love with our brothers and sisters at Stone Brewing as well as our fans, who continue on this amazing journey with us, is what this beer is all about.”
Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA rings in at 9.8 percent ABV and will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and draft.
“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.”
So 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.
- Name: Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA
- Stats: 9.8% ABV, 80 IBUs
- Availability: 22-ounce bottles and draft
- Featured Hops: Magnum, Pekko and Mosaic
- Distribution: Nationwide