Stone Brewing Co. (United States/CA) – Matt’s Burning Rosids: An Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison [10.5%]
Honoring His Memory
‘Life is extraordinarily precious, joyous…and fragile. In 2013, we suffered the tragic loss of our dear friend and coworker, Matt Courtright. In the midst of our grief, we pulled together as the family we are, suggesting and exploring numerous ways to pay tribute to our dearly departed colleague. In the end, we felt there was no finer way to honor his memory than to brew one of his most recent and special beer recipes.
Everyone at Stone recognized Matt’s prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore all beer could be, rather than limit himself or his brews to accepted parameters. To wit, he crafted the beer you hold in your hands, a Belgian-style saison he conceived with his Stone friend and compatriot, Brian Bishop. Infused with cherrywood-smoked malt, the beer was dubbed Burning Rosids, referencing the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail.
Matt’s smile and voluminous laugh were infectious mainstays around the brewery. By no means a shrinking violet, he was exuberant, courageous, unfailingly positive and the type of stalwart friend that everyone was happy to have in their corner. He was larger than life in so many ways…and without a doubt, an incredible brewer. Matt’s many devoted brewing comrades at Stone were proud to hoist their mash paddles and brew this recipe as a symbolic gesture of how much he meant to everyone and how immensely he is missed.
Rather than regarding Burning Rosids as a somber memento, please think of it as a celebration of Matt, just as we do. When you drink this very special beer, please join us in raising your glass, both in Matt’s memory and in tribute to everything he so passionately stood for: caring for others, passion and skill for his art, and laughter…lots of laughter. Among the long list of things he held dear were GoDesignInc.org, a charity committed to fulfilling the architectural needs of developing communities around the world; and TKF, a nonprofit working to stop youth violence by educating, mentoring and making positive impacts on high-risk communities. We are proudly contributing funds earned through the sale of this beer to these worthy organizations in Matt’s honor.
Enjoy, and please remember that life and those we hold dear are precious gifts to be cherished every day. Consider sharing this beer, conversation on life’s passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.’
‘Released on the 27th of January, 2014’
– Malts: Unknown. Cherrywood-Smoked Pilsner*, 2-Row*, and Crystal Malts*.
[ ABV: 10.5% IBU: 50 OG: Unknown* ]
– Available: Special Release, Tap, and 22oz/650ml Bottles.
Taste: Floral, Fruity, and Earthen. Subtle hints of Sour Cherry, Apple Cider, Clove, Peat, Rhubarb, Honey, and Banana on the Palate. Vibrantly Bitter, Botanical, and Spicy, with a slightly Resinous Finish consisting of Orange Peel, Wafted Smoke, Peach, Apricot, and Walnut.
Belgian Yeast, Apples, Banana, Star Anise, Pear, Green Pepper, Oak, and Wafted Smoke. With faint notes of Oregano, Nectarine, Passionfruit, Maple Syrup, Lemon, Hay, and even Licorice.
Look: Slightly Hazy Bright Golden-Orange.
Overall: First of all, hats-off to the Team at Stone Brewing Company for such a touching Tribute to former Brewer, Matt Courtright. Funky, Complex, Balanced, and Enjoyable. Initial hints of Peach, Apricot, Banana, Yeast, Lemon Rind, Clove, and Herbal-Spice on the Palate, all held together by a Waft of Complex Smoke. Deceptively light in the ABV, leaving us thinking we were drinking a 6.5-7.5% Saison at the most. We could really talk about the Complexity and Diversity of Flavours found in Matt’s Burning Rosids, but at the end of the day it’s just an incredible Saison. Worth Sharing.
Rest In Peace Matt.
– Overall: 91.25/100 – Style: 96.5/100
– Stone Brewing Co. (United States/CA) – Escondido, California, United States –
‘Stone Brewing Co. has come a long way since opening in 1996. We have grown from a small microbrewery into one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, employing more than 1,000 amazing men and women. From the beginning, our goal has been to brew outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, and the art of brewing.
That tremendous growth is strictly the result of word-of-mouth demand for our beers, as we have never paid to advertise our beer in print or broadcast media. That’s correct. Never. We have also never discounted our beer. This is quite unusual in the U.S., as advertising and discounting are two of the primary techniques brewers often use to drive the growth of their brands. But not Stone.
We are also proud that over the years we have grown without compromising our commitment to business ethics. In an industry known for its vigorous—and at times unseemly—competition, we have embraced collaboration, integrity and quality as the hallmarks of our business.
We pride ourselves on being an asset to our region; as such, our community and philanthropic efforts far exceed what can be presented here. We believe that building a strong business means being a vital component of the economic, social, and environmental life of the community.’