Jolly Pumpkin / Solo / Stone "Special Golden Holiday Ale"

Jolly Pumpkin / Solo / Stone "Special Golden Holiday Ale"

Style
Golden Ale
ABV
9.5%
COLLABORATORS
Jolly Pumpkin
Solo
Stone Brewing

Series 14 of 14

The multi-year journey of this beer began in 2006 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Seattle when our own Greg Koch met and first became friends with Ron Jeffries, Brewmaster of the famed Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. In 2007, on a trip to Tokyo, Greg by chance encountered Kjetil Jikuin of Norway’s Nøgne-Ø brewery and formed another new friendship. 2008 found Ron, Kjetil and our team creating a beer that became known as The Special Holiday Ale. The following year found versions created in Norway, and Michigan, the former captured in a documentary called “Stone Skips Across The Pond” (still available online, and also featuring a stop at the then-2-year-old BrewDog). Fast forward to the present and the trio have come together again. However, as the saying goes, “Nothing stays the same,” and we find that Kjetil has moved to Crete and started Solo Brewing there. And as life brings change, the brewing team felt that with this special opportunity to honor the creation of Stone Berlin with this Collaboration, the beer should change too. After a multi-year history of brewing iterations in California, Michigan and Norway, this version was brewed for the first time in Berlin. It’s inspired by the original versions, but delightfully different.

Mit Stolz Gebraut in Berlin

About This Beer

Brewed
June 26, 2018
Release Date
December 13, 2018
When to Enjoy
Drink fresh or age at cellar temperature
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Special Ingredients
White Sage, Caraway, Juniper Berries

Tasting Notes

Overall
Winter spices giving way to nutty caramel and subtle juniper
Aroma
Herbs, spices, and roasted nuts with a rich, dark sweetness

Pairing Notes

Pairings
Caramelized Leeks and Fennel, Carrot Ginger Soup, Roasted Turkey, Apricot Tart