Over their first 19 years of operating, Stone Brewing Co has been about as secretive about their upcoming brew plans as Apple is about their upcoming iPhones. They have traditionally only announced new releases as they were about to come to market. So for them to just come out and let the world know about a whole year’s worth of upcoming beer releases would be just plain crazy, right? Well, if any San Diego brewery knows how to keep you on your toes, it’s Stone, and they just announced their full 2016 release schedule.
There are tons of highlights to be found on this list, both familiar names and brand new brews. Existing yearly releases like RuinTen Triple IPA, Xocoveza, Farking Wheaton w00tstout, and the always excellent Enjoy By IPA are included. But the most interesting features on this list are their brand new creations including Stone Pataskala Red X IPA, a Red IPA made w/special Red X malt from Germany, Stone Americano Stout Espresso American Stout, inspired by (and named after) the Americano coffee style, and Hoppy Blonde, a beer which needs no further descriptors, but will make it’s way to market in cans, a format which Stone has so far not used for packaging.
To celebrate their 20th year of operation, Stone will be re-brewing at least 6 fan favorites from their past as part of their Encore Series. This year has seen the re-release of the 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, and in 2016 Stone is bringing back Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale, Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA, and a few more of their Anniversary Ales as well.
Click here to check out the full list, and mark your calendars for 2016. Keep that beer savings account topped off, it’s going to be a great year for Stone fans!