Stone 2021 release calendar

Press release courtesy of
Of note:  Scorpion Bowl & Neverending Haze go year-round, new mix packs including a Hazy IPA mix pack, Enjoy By Super Dank, Enjoy By Hazy and a new Enjoy By variant coming in June, three Pilot Series releases, the return of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale in Jan and the new Stonefest 3 and Stone Fest 4 coming later in 2021. Stay tuned for more details on all of these beers.

Stone Enjoy By Release Schedule for Remainder of 2016

stone enjoy byStone has released the schedule for the remainder of 2016 for their immensely popular Enjoy By Series. This list covers the rest of 2016 and part of 2017. The schedule is below courtesy of Stone’s website:

Stone Enjoy By 09.05.16 Unfiltered IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft

Stone Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft

Stone Enjoy By 11.25.16 Black IPA
9.4% • 22oz & draft

Stone Enjoy By 12.25.16 IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft

Stone Enjoy After 04.20.17 Brett IPA
7% • 750ml • Really? Cellar an IPA? Yes. Brettanomyces brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more.

Stone Enjoy After 10.31.17 Brett IPA

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Hitting Shelves: Fall Releases, Stone Oakmeal, Jubalale, BB Quad, Destihl

Quite a few new brews will soon be hitting packaging lines and then off to distro and HOPEFULLY!…hopefully hitting our shelves. Let’s get on with the list!

stone**Stone Oakmeal Bourbon Barrel Stout** – this is part of Stone’s Small Batch series so I’m not sure if we will see this beer or not. According to this is Stone’s bitter chocolate oatmeal stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for 7 months. It will come in at 11.4% ABV and packaging will begin this month. More on this beer courtesy of Stone Brewing:

Brewed December 5, 2015
Originally inspired by the recipe of two Team Stone members, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout became an instant classic. The onyx-hued beer also proved to be an ideal barrel-aging specimen, thanks to the rich, thick mouthfeel and chocolate-heavy flavors and aromatics. 

destihl.jpg**Destihl Wild Sour Series: Synchopathic** – another brew is making its way to Destihl’s popular Wild Sour Series and Synchopathic is a dry-hopped American Wild ale bursting with flavors.Here’s more on this brew courtesy of

…with totally rad aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple and hints of pine, giving way to a biscuity-crackery malt back beat, low bitterness and a dry finish to bring everything in synch.

Destihil Wild Sour Synchopathic is available in 12 ounce cans and draft starting in mid-July.

Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Release: Mid-July, 2016

6% ABV

**Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad** – the 750 ml are no more for this beer as we will be getting it in 12 oz 4 packs. It will still check in at 11.8% ABV and it sounds like it will become available in October. Expect the price to be a tad higher than most other Boulevard 4 packs due to it being barrel-aged. quad.jpg

deschutes.png**Deschutes Jubalale** – the annual release from Deschutes will be available starting in October. It will once again be available in 12 oz 6 packs and check in at 6.7%. Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Deschutes’ website:

Available October – December. Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations.

bully**Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler** – something you usually consider a summer-style beer, radler, is getting fall makeover courtsey of Boulevard. Their popular lemon/ginger radler will take a backseat as the cooler months approach and be replaced by Cranberry/Orange radler. We will see this one coming in October as well. Here’s more from Boulevard:

Beginning in the fall of 2016, Cranberry Orange Radler will be available in six packs of 12-ounce cans. Using our experience from creating Ginger Lemon Radler, we’ll follow the same process, but instead of using ginger and lemon juice, we’ll add (no surprise here) orange and cranberry to the beer.

Beautifully hazy and slightly pink in color, Cranberry Orange Radler will open with an aroma of sweet blood oranges and just a hint of cranberry. The blood orange character boldly manifests in the flavor giving way to cranberry tartness. The base beer, Unfiltered Wheat Beer, contributes a slightly sweet bready flavor to the malt profile of the beer that shines with bright citrus flavor and a touch of acidity. Cranberry Orange Radler clocks in at 4.05% ABV and 12 IBUs.

Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer

Know of anymore releases? Send a message my way! Cheers!

Stone Bringing Back Unfiltered IPA: Enjoy By 09/05/16 Coming August 1st

unfiltered.pngA beer I was unable to land the last time it was released will be making another appearance on our shelves here in Eastern Iowa starting August 1st. Stone Enjoy By 09/05/16 Unfiltered IPA will be available in 12 oz and 22 oz bottles and check in at 9.4%.

The last time this was released it didn’t last long on the shelves so make sure you get to your local bottle shop quick to snag a few! Here’s more from Stone on this release:



In most cases, skipping a step is a bad thing. Not this time. This version of Stone Enjoy By IPA omits the part where we filter out the extra yeast, hop sediment and proteins that build up in beer as a natural result of the brewing process. Though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep. By letting this IPA go unfiltered, its peach and tropical fruit hop flavors are amplified while its golden-hued color takes on a hazy appearance. Like its filtered counterpart, this IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and is shipped immediately to ensure hopheads get their hands on it as soon as possible.

Coming Soon: Enjoy By Tangerine, Oskar Blues, Left Hand, CW Cassian Sunset, Deschutes IPA, Ballast Point

Lots of updates on beers soon to be hitting our shelves here in Eastern Iowa. Onto the goodness:

stone*Stone Brewing*Tangerine Enjoy By – been hearing about this one for quite a while now and it’s finally going to start making its way to the shelves. Tangerine IPA from Stone will be hitting shelves April 25th. It will be available in 22 oz bombers and 12 oz 6 packs. More from Stone:

After brewing this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops and consistently delivering it faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, we decided to do something different with this Stone Enjoy By IPA—we took it to another level, again. Puréed tangerines were added to the batch to create a devastatingly fresh IPA with a tang of tangerine. The flavors yielded by this addition to the recipe meld beautifully with the bitterness of the hops. True to this series, Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and should be enjoyed within 37 days.

oskar blues*Oskar Blues* – Passion Fruit Pinner –  Oskar Blues getting into the fruity IPA mix by adding Passion Fruit Pinner to their portfolio. This beer will be available in 12 oz cans and be in at a sessionable 4.3%.

*Left Hand* – Extrovert IPA – Left Hand will be releasing extrovertan American IPA Extrovert. Not to be confused with their sessionable IPA, Introvert. This beer will become available in May along Left Hand’s distro footprint. More from Left Hand:

Meet Extrovert IPA. This April, Left Hand is launching a new American IPA, bringing together a blend of tropical, fruit-forward hops with a malty backbone. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends, Left Hand’s new IPA features a blend of hops and a pleasant, lingering bitterness with a dry finish. Extrovert IPA will join Introvert Session IPA as a year-round offering in six-pack and draft.

Crafted on Left Hand’s new 7 bbl pilot system, Extrovert is the result of over 6 months of development to brew a balanced American IPA that was the perfect complement to Introvert. “It’s a very crowded market, so we knew we needed to set ourselves apart.” states Matt Thrall, Director of Brewing, “Our approach was to develop a recipe that wasn’t just hoppy water, but to create a well-built IPA with complexity and depth.”

With a hopped up attitude brewed to stimulate serendipity, Extrovert is assertive with a big personality of 75 IBUs, yet reveals layers of complexity for the seasoned IPA fan. Extrovert IPA is dry hopped at one pound per barrel with a hop blend that plays well together, consisting of Jarrylo, Cascade, and Comet. Jarrylo is a new sea hop variety, full of nuances with subtle stone fruit notes. Cascade brings pineapple and citrus while Comet adds tropical flavors and aroma and is Extrovert & Introvert’s shared hop variety. In addition, rye and acidulated malt give the beer a dry mouthfeel and distinct bite. The lasting result is a hop melody like a basket of fruit with mouthwatering notes of pineapple, mango, and orange blossom, balanced by sweet biscuity malt. Extrovert finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.


CW Cassian Sunset.jpg*Central Waters*- Cassian Sunset – really looking forward to seeing this one on our shelves and my guess is it won’t be on the shelves very long. A highly anticipated release from Central Waters will makes its way to our shelves soon. Here’s more on this beer from Central Waters:

Happy April 18th everyone! You know what today is? Today is the day all of our Wisconsin wholesalers can begin selling our newest barrel aged four pack..Cassian Sunset. This week, start looking for this beer to hit your store shelves in limited quantities. All out of state markets will start selling this beer as they get it over the next couple of weeks, but Wisconsin starts TODAY!
An imperial stout aged for one year in used bourbon barrels with the additions of coffee, vanilla beans and cinnamon. The flavor begins with the locally roasted coffee, progresses to the richness of the vanilla beans, and ends with a hint of cinnamon.

deschutes*Deschutes* Sagefight Imperial IPA – sage and juniper berries in an IPA? Sure, let’s give it a shot. This new Imperial IPA from Deschutes will be making it’s way to shelves soon. You might scoff at the ingredients, but keep in mind, this is a 2 time GABF gold medal winner. 7.3% ABV will come in six packs. Here’s more from Deschutes:

In this corner: Citrus Hops from the Pacific Northwest … In that corner, inspired by our central Oregon high desert landscape: sage and juniper! This IPA is piney, resinous, citrusy and big. Let the flavor battle begin – you are the one who wins!

mocha*Ballast Point* Mocha Marlin – Ballast Point keeps kicking out new brews and will be adding Mocha Marlin to their lineup. This english porter with coffee, chocolate, and natural flavors will check in at 6%. Here’s more from Ballast Point:

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Stone Enjoy By 5-30-16 Tangerine IPA and Prairie Releasing a Double IPA

stone**Stone Brewing company will be releasing their next Enjoy By beer soon. Enjoy By 5-30-16 will be brewed using Tangerines and should be hitting distro soon. Stone continues to take this very popular line of beer and make a few additions and tweaks to it.This will be available in 22 oz bottles and will check in at 9.4%.  Really looking forward to trying this one so be on the lookout for Stone Enjoy By 5-30-16 Tangerine IPA.

prairie.jpeg**Prairie will be releasing a double IPA in the near future as they prepare to brew and send out Phantasmagoria. No details on the hops being used in this beer and I think this might be the 1st Prairie IPA we’ve seen available? Super stoked to try this one when it comes out, stay tuned for more!

Stone Brewing “Beer Ambassador” Dr. Bill Sysak w/ 2 Upcoming Events Feb. 27th

bait shopThe following comes from Stone Brewing in Iowa’s Facebook page. I’ve been following Dr. Bill for a while now on twitter, untappd, Facebook, and the podcast “New Brew Thursday” when that was on. This guy knows beer, how to pair it with food and cigars, and is just interesting to listen to so check out one of these events if you can. Winestyles in Des Moines and El Bait Shop will be hosting:

Stone Brewing Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak will be touring ‪#‎Iowa‬ at the end of February and will be stopping in ‪#‎DesMoines‬ on Saturday Febraury 27th. We have set up two special events with “Dr.” Bill in town. The first being a beer and cheese pairing at WineStyles from 5-7pm. The second being a rare beer tapping at el Bait Shop featuring some beers that have never been on tap in Iowa such as ‪#‎Xocoveza‬ Charred, ‪#‎Stone‬Imperial Irish Stout, and the reemergence of a favorite ‪#‎StoneCollab‬,‪#‎Suede‬ Porter. Make sure you don’t miss out on this fun and educating experience. ‪#‎craftbeer‬ ‪#‎DrBillTourdeIowa‬

Baron Family Beer Festival Results, Year 9: Big Grove Reigns Supreme!

photo (2).JPGYear 9 of my family’s beer festival is in the books and it was another great year of tasting some excellent brews. The cool thing about our beer festival is that there are many different palates and finding one beer that satisfies all of them can be really tough. Most of the guys prefer IPAs/Saisons/Sours and many of the ladies prefer stouts, porters, and fruit beers.

Every year it’s a blind tasting. We usually try to break it up throughout the day. Along with it being blind, here’s how we score it:

Appearance /5
Aroma /5
Taste /15
Drinkability /5

So the total is out of 30 with the highest obviously being crowned the champion. Now, I’ve never won, my wife has won 3 times, my brother twice, and even my brother-in-law has a gold medal. What beer could I bring to this beer fest that everyone would enjoy? Nothing says Merry Christmas like a 12% imperial IPA, so at the very least, if I didn’t win I can drown my sorrows and get drunk. Onto the results:

chill clinton8th Place – Exile Chill Clinton Double Hemp Amber – I liked the taste of this beer, I think for most, the aroma was what got this a low score which led to people automatically not enjoying it. My brother-in-laws entry.


rover truck.jpeg7th Place – Toppling Goliath Rover Truck Stout – This is an ok stout. I didn’t score it terribly low but out of the two stouts we had this one was missing something. My sister-in-law’s entry.

6th Place – Peace Tree Blonde Fatale – Ipeade tree.jpeg really enjoy this beer and scored it well. I don’t think anyone really disliked it, but I don’t think anyone was in love with it either. My mom’s entry.

stone saison.jpeg5th Place – Stone Saison – a good saison, I enjoyed it, but missing a few things for a top 3 finish. My brother’s entry.

4th Place – Backpocket Wake Up Iowa Stout – a wake up iowavery good showing for Backpocket with this beer. Between the 2 stouts I thought this one had more roasty malts and good coffee flavor compared to the TG stout. My dad’s entry.

nelson3rd Place – Alpine Nelson – loved this brew! This was my 2nd place winner and it just missed out on 2nd place. Lovely addition to our ever-expanding beer options in Iowa. My wife’s entry.

2nd Place – Ballast Point Sculpin – a fresh bottle of sculpin.jpegSculpin is tough to beat and this beer was fresh! Apparently right off the truck and into our glasses and an excellent 1st showing for Ballast Point, this was my brother’s entry and he almost won, except………….THE BARON BROUGHT HIS GAME!

photo (2).JPG1st Place – Big Grove Brewery Trident XII – not only am I thrilled I actually won for once and I didn’t have to sit in the shadow of others for the 9th straight year but I won with an Iowa brewery and a place I pretty much visit every other day. Trident is on point. An excellent brew, and dangerously drinkable. My favorite moment is when tasting this, knowing it was mine, my brother looks down the table and mouths the words: “holy shit” Big Grove has won many awards since they’ve opened, but this has to be one of the better awards they’ve won 🙂 A lovely beer. I have pictures of my celebration but this is a PG site. A win for the Baron!

The wheels are already turning for next year’s beer fest. We’ve decided it will be an all Iowa brewery beer festival which will be great, so the question is, what should I bring next year?

Stone Brewing Releases 2016 Calendar

Stone Pataskala Red X IPA
7.3% • 12oz 6pks & draft • Red IPA made w/special Red X malt from Germany. February – May
(5-6%) • 12oz 6pks & draft • Our first bottled wit will be a modern, unconventional spin on a classic Old World style. June – September
Stone Coffee Milk Stout
5% • 12oz 6pks & draft • A bittersweet, creamy, coffee‑laced stout. October – December

Stone Americano Stout
(8.4-9%) • 12oz 6pks & draft • Espresso American Stout, inspired by (and named after) the Americano coffee style. February – May
Mystery IPA
(8.2-8.8%) • 12oz 6pks & draft • Super unique and delicious IPA. Will be revealed late spring! June – September
Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year
8.1% • 12oz 6pks & draft • Our awesome-to-cellar spiced mocha stout returns to herald the time of year when the joyous spirit of giving is in the air and good behavior is generously rewarded. October – December

Hoppy blonde
(4.7-5.3%) • Cans & draft • Would you expect a blonde brewed by Stone to be anything less than hoppy? Neither would we. And in cans, no less. June

2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
(11-11.5%) • 22oz & draft • Our famous barley wine, this year dry‑hopped w/Pekko hops. February
2016 Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF
7.7% • 12oz 6pks & draft • The extraordinarily unique (and sometimes polarizing) rotating-between-the-breweries-every-year collaboration of three longtime friends: Sam Calagione of DFH, Bill Covaleski of Victory & our very own Greg Koch. March
2016 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
(10.5-11%) • 22oz & draft • Earning a perfect 100 score on RateBeer, this is one of our most cellarable beers. March
Stone Spotlight Series release
TBD • 22oz & draft • The result of a Stone Brewing Team competition. California release only. May
Stone RuinTen Triple IPA
10.8% • 22oz & draft • A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops. June
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout
(13-13.5%) • 22oz & draft • This righteously flavorful, partially barrel‑aged, superhero version of an imperial stout is returning for its fourth edition. July
Stone 20th Anniversary IPA
(8-9.5%) • 22oz & draft • You can bet that our 20th Anniversary IPA will be nothing short of a monumental celebration of big‑character flavor. August

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
9.2% • 22oz & draft • The bitterness of hops traded for the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate, with flaked oats added to provide creaminess and body. January
Stone 6th Anniversary Porter
8% • 22oz & draft • Our venerable smoked porter cranked up a notch or three, owner of a superlative score of 100 on RateBeer. April
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale
7.5% • 22oz & draft • Originally only 300 cases were made. We’re upping it a little this time around. July
Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA (v2.0)
(8.5-9.5%) • 22oz & draft • Part reissue, part update. Our collaborators will use the original recipe as the jumping‑off point! August
Mixed 4pk: Stone 5th Anniversary IPA, Stone 10th Anniversary IPA, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA, Stone 20th Anniversary IPA
(8-11%) • 22oz 4pk Box • Our famously seminal, groundbreaking, hoppy anniversary favorites! September
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
8.9% • 22oz & draft • A decidedly British and royally delicious IPA, with the hops, malts and yeast all coming from the UK. October

Stone Enjoy By 02.14.16 Black IPA
9.4% • 22oz & draft • This onyx yin to our golden, freshness‑envelope‑pushing yang rewards hoppy beer enthusiasts with amazingly in‑your‑face dankness and tropical & stone fruit hop flavors. January
Stone Enjoy By 02.14.16 Unfiltered IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft • We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer? The hop aromas will be even more intense in this #nofilter version of Stone Enjoy By IPA. January
Stone Enjoy By 04.20.16 IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft • Devastatingly dank, über hoppy and, as always, made with a fresh stash of more than 10 different hops. March
Stone Enjoy By 05.04.16 Black IPA
9.4% • 22oz & draft March
Stone Enjoy By 05.30.16 Tangerine IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft • Puréed tangerines introduce a hop‑pushing tang to our famously “brewed‑not‑to‑last” double IPA. April
Stone Enjoy By 07.04.16 IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft May
Stone Enjoy By 07.25.16 Black IPA
9.4% • 22oz & draft June
Stone Enjoy By 09.05.16 Unfiltered IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft August
Stone Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft September
Stone Enjoy By 11.25.16 Black IPA
9.4% • 22oz & draft October
Stone Enjoy By 12.25.16 IPA
9.4% • 12oz 6pks, 22oz & draft November

Stone Enjoy After 04.20.17 Brett IPA
7% • 750ml • Really? Cellar an IPA? Yes. Brettanomyces brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. March
Stone Enjoy After 10.31.17 Brett IPA
7% • 750ml September