Stone Brewing Co. (United States/CA) – Wicked Weed Brewing (United States/NC) – Ecliptic Brewing (United States/OR) – Stone 2015 Collaboration: Points Unknown IPA [9.5%]
‘It seemed no single beer could adequately convey the collective talents of Portland, Oregon brewing legend and Ecliptic Brewing founder John Harris; Luke and Walt Dickinson, the brewmaster duo behind North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing; and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. So, this veritable triad of power opted to brew TWO beers. The first was a traditional Belgian-style tripel aged four months in oak barrels that originally housed red wine, then tequila. It was then blended at a one-fourth to three-fourths ratio with a freshly brewed West Coast double IPA to create this beer. A variety of diverse flavors coalesce into something more unique than any one beer our trio could have conceived.’
– ¼ Belgian Style Tripel Blended With ¾ West Coast Double IPA. –
– Red Wine And Tequila Barrel Aged –
– Malts: Crystal, 2-Row Pale, Munich, Pilsner Malts*.
[ ABV: 9.5% IBU: 72 OG: Classified* ]
– Available: Collaboration Special Release, Tap/Draft, 22oz/650ml Bottle.
– Taste: Grapefruit, Caramel, Delicate Citrus, French Oak, Molasses, Passion Fruit and Mango. Resin, Pine Needle, Tropical Fruits, and Floral Citrus followed by hints of Red Wine and Agave.
– Aroma: Tangerine, Grapefruit, Agave, Blood Orange, Pinot Noir, Biscuits, Honey Malts, and Pine.
– Look: Rich Amber Golden,
– Overall: Balanced, Delicate, Flavoursome, and Complex. Mango, Agave, Pineapple, White Peach, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Caramel Malts, and Bread on the Palate. Tropical Fruits, Melons, Citrus, and Floral-Boquet with more subtle hints of Sourdough, Grains, Pine Needle, Honey, and Orange Peel creating a Rich and Fruity Aroma. In the Finish, hints of Tequila warm the throat and leave Peaches, Apricot, Shiraz, and Herbal-Spice lingering on the Palate.
– Overall: [ 98.25/100 ] – Style: [ 98/100 ]
– Stone Brewing Company – 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.’
– Visit Stone Brewing: http://www.stonebrewing.com/
– Points Unknown IPA: http://www.stonebrewing.com/blog/beer/2015/stone-pale-ale-20
– Wicked Weed Brewing – 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, United States –
‘In 2011 Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After discussing and weeks of thoughtful research and soul searching the Guthys joined the Dickinsons.
With the team and the vision in place a truly unique and progressive brewery was born.
Wicked Weed Brewing found a home at 91 Biltmore Avenue, a building that seemed destined for a brewery. So from the humble beginning of a hardware store basement, the dream of the brewery came to life.
Our beer is forward thinking, ingredient focused, and a direct reflection of our need to create.
We are focused on drinkability and boundary pushing recipes tempered only by quality of craft. Wicked Weed Brewing will always evolve, always grow, and always aspire to be better.’
– Visit Wicked Weed Brewing: http://wickedweedbrewing.com/
– Ecliptic Brewing – 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227, United States –
‘Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing icon. John’s background is one steeped in Oregon’s rich craft brewing history. After beginning as a brewer at McMenamins’ breweries, he moved to Deschutes where he created the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout. He spent the next 20 years of his career as a Brewmaster at Full Sail in charge of creating the Brewmaster Reserve line of beers. The creation of Ecliptic Brewing is the next chapter in John’s illustrious career.
The name Ecliptic Brewing unites John’s two passions: brewing and astronomy. The ecliptic is earth’s yearly path around the sun. The centerpiece of our pub, a massive light fixture in the shape of the Analemma, represents our path through the seasons; we celebrate this journey with beer and food menus in constant change and rotation throughout the year. Our seasonal menu rotates every 6 weeks on the old world calendar: Samhain, Winter Solstice, Brighid, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lammas and the Autumnal Equinox.
Our philosophy is to push the limits of creativity in the brewhouse, and create a sense of place in both the restaurant and the beer we build. We are set up to welcome both the family out for a meal, as well as the couple who wants to be kid-free. We hope you join us on our journey together.’
– Visit Ecliptic Brewing: http://eclipticbrewing.com/