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US - Stone

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1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92029

Although some find the “you are not worthy” campaign, used to promote Arrogant Bastard Ale, off putting, CEO Greg Koch’s argument in favor of particularly full-flavored beers is the opposite of elitist. He doesn’t think beer appreciation takes special skill: “If you want to turn people on to great beer, use great beer to do it,” he says. That philosophy has resulted in 30 percent annual growth year after year. After building a larger brewery in 2006, the company added the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, serving local organic “slow food” dishes and featuring a large, lovely beer garden landscaped with boulders and dry-stone walls, reflecting the brewery’s name.


beer style: India Pale Ale
alcohol content: 6.9% ABV

Fruity hop aromas meet firm malt character at the start, developing complexity, finishing bitter but bright.

Arrogant Bastard Ale

beer style: Strong Ale
alcohol content: 7.2% ABV

Promises to be aggressive and certainly lives up to it. Juicy hops matched throughout by rich malt. Lingering bitter finish.

Imperial Russian Stout

beer style: Imperial Stout
alcohol content: 9.4% ABV

Intense, full of chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. All balanced by a brooding bitterness.

Smoked Porter

beer style: Porter
alcohol content: 5.9% ABV

Smoke plays a supporting role, joining roasted coffee beans on the nose, and chocolate on the palate, adding depth throughout.

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