Everyone has their favorite craft breweries. For some, the list of favorites may be short and it is often possible to substitute one craft beer for another if store supplies are short. But there are some breweries whose products are so unique, so one- of- a kind, so highly anticipated that no substitute will do and for me, one of those breweries is Stone Brewing. When I’m craving a bomber bottle of fine brew from the good folks at Stone, I will traverse the city from store to store until I find what I want and if I can’t find it, I will spend the rest of my day irritable and cranky, cursing the names of retail stores that failed to remain adequately stocked.
Stone Brewing is fully aware of its own cult- like status and to help tame the emotions of its ravenous and loyal fans, it is re- releasing a popular brew from last year: Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. This amazing beer was brewed for the first time in 2006, bottled only once in 2012, and hasn’t been seen since. Fans, however, remember it well and many have turned to social media and other outlets to voice their desire for another chance to enjoy this incredible work of artisan craftsmanship.
Today, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean is back, and Stone Brewing plans a much wider distribution than it did last year. The 2012 bottling release included only 12 oz. bottles and was a special edition. This time around, Stone will release Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean in Stone’s signature 22 oz. bomber bottle, packaging up the delicious, semi- sweet, smoky, chocolaty, vanilla and coffee flavored brew in its own individual packaging. Here is a quick rundown on some stats and the states in which this beer will be sold:
Name: Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
Stats: 5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning December 2, 2013
Hops Bill: Magnum and Mt. Hood
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA
Stone Brewing plans to release more versions of its Stone Smoked Porter over the coming months. Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean is only the beginning- the brewery is ready to brew and distribute Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers in May, 2014 followed by Stone Smoked Porter Harvest Edition, brewed with botanicals, in the fall. All sound incredible in their own unique way and with wider distribution of these specialty beers than in the past, I might be able to save my swearing for other matters.
Look for Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean right now, in retail outlets where Stone products are presently sold.