THE ALCHEMIST / NINKASI / STONE MORE BROWN THAN BLACK IPA
IPA, in American Craft Brew lexicon, has come to mean so much more than a hoppy British-style ale designed for export. Brewing an IPA is an opportunity for today's craft brewers to showcase the magnificence and versatility of the hop, and to explore the wonderful aromas and flavors that the myriad of hop varieties can provide to ales. It is without a doubt the most exciting ale style for me to brew.
I am thrilled to brew this brown (not quite black) IPA with John Kimmich and Jamie Floyd. John is a New England brewing legend, and one of the very first brewers of the black IPA (a style we have come to love here at Stone) at the Vermont Pub and Brewery, and now at The Alchemist. And Jamie's Oregon roots are no less impressive; his hop forward offerings at Ninkasi have been favorites of ours for a long time. The fact that the proceeds of this collaboration are going to help Vermont victims of Hurricane Irene (like John himself) is icing on the cake.
For this ale, we used only newer hop varities. They were hard to get but totally worth the effort: Nelson Sauvin and Delta for flavor, and a dry-hop with Galaxy and Citra. Have fun tasting and enjoying these wonderful fruity, herbal and spicy hop flavors!
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster
Stone Brewing Co.
Proceeds: Donated to the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund, a nonprofit organization aiding victims of Tropical Storm Irene.