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Stone Brewing Co. to Open ‘Specialty Hotel’ in Escondido, CA

Stone Brewing Company Hotel Plan

I’m headed to San Diego in a couple of weeks, and Stone Brewing Co., one of my favorite breweries, has a renowned restaurant, called the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, in nearby Escondido, Calif. I want to visit the brewhouse when I’m in the area, so I checked Stone’s website for some directions from the city.

After digging around on the site a bit, I found some interesting information: Stone plans to open a new “40-50 room specialty hotel” in early 2014, across the street from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido.

That’s some crazy shit; a hotel from a craft brewer. I’ve definitely never heard of anything like that before…but I’m intrigued. Here’s all the information that’s available on Stone’s website:

  • Across the street from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido
  • 40-50 room specialty hotel
  • Event space/barrel aging room
  • 2 acres of outdoor event space
  • $24 million initial investment
  • Construction anticipated to commence early 2013
  • Opening in early 2014

I hope the construction goes as planned, and I hope I get to do a Barfly’s View from the hotel lobby bar, assuming they build one.


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Best. Bottle Cap. Ever: Stone’s ‘Hated by Many, Loved by Few’ Cap

Stone Brewing Co. Hated by Many, Loved by Few bottle cap

Whenever I’m having a particularly bad day or blog trolls start wearing on me, I glance over at my Stone Brewing Co. “Hated by Many, Loved by Few” bottle cap and smile. The cap, which I got from one of Stone’s Bastard brews—I can’t remember if it was an Arrogant Bastard Ale, an Oaked Arrogant Bastard or a Double Bastard—has been hanging from a thumb tack near my office desk for a couple of years now. And it always reminds me, in times of doubt, that it’s okay to go against the grain and write what other people don’t necessarily want to hear, as long as it’s accurate and/or what you truly believe.

On that note: Fuck you, haters.


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Spice Up Your Life — and Your Lunch — with Stone Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero Hot Sauce

Stone Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero Hot Sauce

Today I took my football-season Sunday chicken-wing-ritual to the next level thanks to Stone Brewing Co.‘s Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero Hot Sauce. My mouth is still burning as I write this review.

The hot sauce is made with Stone’s Double Bastard strong ale and both habañero and crushed red peppers. Some habañero hot sauces are too hot, and they make eating foods dipped in them a challenge instead of a simple delight. Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero sauce is definitely hot, but it’s not too hot. And the Double Bastard Ale gives it a nice, sweet hoppy flavor that goes well with the spice.

I made some wings with just the Double Burn sauce and I also mixed some sauce with Frank’s Red Hot, for slightly less spicy wings. Both were delicious. If you like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale or its Double Bastard Ale, and you are a fan of spicy foods, you’ll find a friend in Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero hot sauce. I know I did.

The sauce is available as part of a three pack directly from Stone for $20 plus shipping. That package includes one five-fluid-ounce bottle of the Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero sauce; one bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale: Jalapeño Heat sauce; and one bottle of OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale: Chipotle. I haven’t tried the other two sauces, but after tasting the Double Burn sauce and Stone’s fantastic Levitation Ale Barbeque Sauce, it’s probably safe to assume they’re similarly delicious.

Stone Brewing Co.'s Burning Trinity of Hot Sauces

Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habañero hot sauce is also available individually for $4.25 plus shipping on Amazon.com.


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New Stone Collaboration, Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout, Coming Sept 24

Stone Collaboration Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout label

Whenever Stone Brewing Co. releases a new collaboration brew, I’m all over it. The next Stone collaboration with home brewer Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist, called Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout, will be no different.

The stout is Stone’s 15th brew in its collaboration series. For each collaboration brew, Stone teams up with two other specialty brewing companies or home brewers and throws caution to the wind, often coming up with very unique—and sometimes odd—brews.

The Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout collaboration should hit store shelves starting on September 24.

You can check out a list of all Stone’s collaboration brews on the company’s site. My favorites are the More Brown Than Black IPA, made by Stone, The Alchemist and Ninkasi Brewing Company; Cherry Chocolate Stout, made by Stone, brewers Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard, and Troegs Brewing Company; and the San Diego County Session Ale, made by Stone, home brewer Kelsey McNair and Ballast Point Brewing.


via BeerPulse.com

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Stone Levitation Ale Barbeque Sauce is Fantastic

I’m a big fan of Stone Brewing Co. and its Levitation Ale, so when I saw the company’s Stone Levitation Ale Barbeque Sauce on sale at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, Mass., I didn’t hesitate to buy a bottle. And I’m glad I did. It is some seriously delicious sauce. Awesome sauce, you might say. Chili de Arbol and liquid smoke give it a very mild spice and smoky taste. And the Levitation Ale and some Stone Pale Ale mustard add a unique flavor that’s unlike any other bbq sauce I’ve had before.

Stone Levitation Ale Barbeque Sauce

I marinated a chicken breast for about three hours before grilling it up, added a bit more sauce after it was cooked, and I was a happy man. Unfortunately, my girlfriend didn’t feel the same way, because she’s a vegan and the sauce contains anchovies.

As with most of Stone’s brews, the bbq sauce has some amusing text on its bottle. Here’s my favorite part:

“If this bottle is a gift, we apologize that you had to learn about your, err…’grilling & marinating challenges’ this way. Your friends and family want you to succeed. They want the best for you. And themselves.”

Nice touch.

Stone also makes a Smoked Porter Barbeque Sauce, but I haven’t tried that one yet. Both sauces can be purchased online for $7, plus shipping, from the Stone Company Store.


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