Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States and a promoter of all things hoppy and delicious, just announced a brand new addition to the Stone lineup plus the return of a fan favorite.
New to Stone in 2017 is Stone Jindia Pale Ale, a double IPA brewed with juniper berries, ginger, lemon peel, and lime peel. This creative brew is the brainchild of Steve Gonzalez, Stone Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation. Gonzalez has previous experience working with gin and the opportunity to create a new beer with gin attributes was one he couldn’t turn down. Stone Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier says the new beer was dreamed up by Stone co- founder Greg Koch following Stone’s experience with a previous beer that was aged in gin barrels.
“Our co-founder, Greg Koch, came up with the idea of an IPA with gin botanicals after we had done the Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA, which had a portion of the beer aged in gin barrels,” said Moynier. “Along with hops, we added ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel and lime peel to create a truly unique beer.”
Along with the introduction of a brand new beer comes the return of a fan favorite, Stone Pataskala Red X IPA. First brewed in 2015 as part of a fundraising effort to support music and arts education programs in Greg Koch’s original hometown of Pataskala, Ohio, this beer was a huge hit and was quickly added to the 2016 lineup. The beer is brewed using Bestmalz, a rare German malt normally utilized for brewing amber lagers and red ales. It’s not an easy beer to brew, but Moynier says the labor is worth it.
“We loved this beer and knew we had to bring it back this year,” said Moynier. “It’s a challenging beer to brew on the big scale with the amount of hops and Red X malt that we use. But I think when you taste it you will know it’s worth the effort! It has a beautiful balance of hops and malt and definitely makes you want to have more than one pint!”
Both of these IPA beers are available right now in six packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select restaurants and bars. For more information on this beer or Stone Brewing in general, visit online at www.stonebrewing.com