Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
This year's Stone Vertical Epic ale might justifiably be considered the non sequitur edition. We somehow came to the conclusion that adding Anaheim chiles from New Mexico's Hatch Valley, plus whole cinnamon sticks, to an amber-hued brew fermented with Belgian Flanders Golden Ale yeast (which provides fairly intense character with lots of clove & banana overtones) would create a very tasty result. And we believe it does! The Anaheim chile pepper is known for its rich flavor more than endorphin-inducing heat, and the cinnamon adds a nice twist...part of the promise behind the Vertical Epic Ale series itself. As with any epic, remember that it is not just the destination, but the journey!