Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder of Stone Brewing, informed me earlier this month that, among others, it was Duvel Tripel Hop that inspired this year’s version in the Stone Vertical Epic Series. The back label references a trip that Brewmaster, Steve Wagner, and Head Brewer, Mitch Steele, took to Belgium. They brought back a beer from the trip and upon tasting it, decided to similarly fuse the traditional Belgian Tripel style with some American IPA influence for Stone 08.08.08.
It appears to be a busy summer ahead for the team at Stone Brewing.
They may will (received second confirmation on this) produce another tripel-style ale when they and fellow San Diego brewers from Alesmith Brewing host Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from Denmark’s Mikkeller. The trio will collaborate on the new beer, starting the first week of June. The tripel part is currently just a rumor but more will be known in just a couple weeks. Koch has planned a special Meet the Brewer Night for June 4 at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens with Mikkel in attendance.
Less than a week later, Stone will host another world-class brewer in Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing. Cilurzo will bring with him seven of his beers including Temptation and Supplication in bottles. More importantly, both Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, the #4 and #9-ranked beers on Beer Advocate respectively, will be on tap, making rare appearances outside of the brewery. The event is scheduled for June 10.
Lastly, as for that other upcoming beer, Koch mentioned that Stone 12th Anniversary was still on target for a July 7 release as listed on the web site. Little is known about the anniversary party to take place later this summer and the web page for it is still inactive. We’ll post something as soon as we get more details.