Southern California’s Stone Brewing released their 2018 beer schedule, and unsurprisingly it’s IPAs almost all the way down, with a few imperial stouts thrown in for good measure. (You probably think I’m being facetious—but I’m not. Aside from Stone Ripper San Diego Pale Ale, and three imperial stouts, literally every beer on this calendar is an IPA.)
Here is the press release that accompanied the release schedule:
Stone Brewing presents its 2018 release calendar, the passionate work of some of the country’s most hop savvy brewers. Predominantly IPA forward, the lineup of releases represents the epitome of Stone’s recent innovation.
Unveiling its Trinity of Hoppiness, Stone presents a full spectrum of IPA tastes and styles, bringing balance and dimension to today’s wealth of offerings. The trinity separates dank IPAs from their citrusy / floral counterparts and the tropical varieties, allowing craft beer fans to take an IPA journey throughout the year. Within Stone’s Trinity of Hoppiness lie its six current year-round beers, Stone Enjoy By IPA, and the newest full-time addition to the lineup: Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA. In a time of fruit-dominated beers, Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA masters the fruity appeal with absolutely no fruit additions. This juicy delight is brewed with heroic hop know-how.
Stone’s 2018 lineup takes a praise-worthy turn this year with the new Stone Hop Worship IPA Seasonal Series. Three distinctive beers extoling the divine qualities of hops consecrate Stone’s devotion to freshness. Stone Exalted IPA, the first in the series, features Citra and Loral hops and releases in February.
Special releases this year alternate bold hoppy beers with robust stouts. Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout is one such impenetrably dark beer. It features new hops built on the backbone of the classic Stone Imperial Russian Stout recipe. Stone Enjoy By IPA will make four fleeting appearances, all in 12oz cans. Finally, three double IPA special releases will showcase Stone’s reputation for brewing incredibly unique and creative high ABV IPAs. The third of the batch carries the most poignant message: It’s chock full of peaches.
“We have a Brewing Innovation Team that has labored the last year in pursuit of the exceptional…and delivered it, in sanguine, liquid form,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “These incredible new beers, alongside a series of fan favorites allow us to unveil uniquely Stone beers with every release in 2018. True to our roots, the IPAs we’re releasing this year are clearly the work of an evangelical hop worshiping crew. Amen.”
“We spent a lot of time looking at beers to brew in 2018 that continue our love affair with hops and innovation,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing senior innovation brewing manager. “The outcomes highlight some newer hop varieties and some classics in really unique and cool stand-alone versions, as well as some exciting combinations. We have such a great team here at Stone and working on these beers encompasses a lot of unique perspectives and talent, resulting in beers that we are truly excited to share with our fans over the next year.”
Let’s face it, cans are awesome for getting beer to where you want it. So, in 2018, Stone is bringing more beers into more can formats. New can packages include:
- Stone IPA 19.2oz single-serve
- Stone IPA 16oz six-packs
- Stone Delicious IPA 12oz 12-packs
- Stone Tangerine Express IPA 12oz six-packs
No indication on this schedule, however, if any of the Stone Berlin collaborations they just announced will be available in the States.