Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA

Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA

Extra Hoppy Brown Ale

Brown Ale
Richard Norgrove Jr., Brewmaster, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Matt Cole, Brewmaster, Fat Head's Brewery
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

Nothing says Christmas like hanging out with good friends and brewing up something special. Thanks to Matt Cole from Fat Head's and Richard (Ricardo) Norgrove from Bear Republic for braving pre-holiday travel to come to Stone the week before the Christmas holiday and brew this “sort of” old-school American (or Texas) brown ale. The recipe we came up with has a host of specialty malts, molasses, brown sugar, Columbus, Bravo, Brewer's Gold and, for the first time ever at Stone, Cascade hops! We’re hoping our brew brings back fond memories of some of the earliest classic craft brews. Enjoy your trip down memory lane!

Mitch Steele, Brewmaster
Stone Brewing Co.
January 2011

February 27, 2012
Draft, 12oz Bottles
Brewer’s Gold
Cascade & Columbus

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
Beer pours a deep auburn brown with a light tan head and a light haze.
The first hit is a piney, herbal hop note followed by fruity fermentation esters. Beyond that, there is a complex molasses undercurrent.
The taste starts off with a higher balance of malt flavors, with biscuity, dry-roasted and wheat-like characters combining nicely with the herbal hop component. Midpalate is some more fruit, molasses and brown sugar, and the finish is a bitter, intensely grapefruity hop linger.
This beer has a medium body, finishes light with a nice lingering bitterness.
A throwback to the early days of craft brewing with some interesting twists along the way. It has that classic Brewer's Gold/Cascade hop presence, with combinations of herbs, pine and citrus.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped shrimp, charcuterie
French onion soup with Gruyère cheese, Mexican mole, Texas-style barbecue, mushroom risotto, chili con carne
Aged Gouda or Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Swiss cheese (such as Emmentaler)
Apple strudel, toffee bars, snickerdoodle cookies, spiced carrot cake
Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break, Montecristo Petit Tubo, Tatuaje Cabinet Noella, Dunhill Signed Range Toro