Drake’s Brewing update: Stone collab, Hopocalypse DIPA, Hopocalypse Black Label

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The bastards in the brewhouse are a little extra arrogant today. Stone Brewing’s Mitch Steele, Dave Hopwood, and Zippo Parzick are on the brewdeck with our own Alexandra Nowell to collaborate on a session ale for Celebrator Beer News’ 25th Anniversary.

This beer will be featured at the closing event of SF Beer Week, so as a gift to all of our livers, Mitch and Alex decided a session beer was in order.

Still, we couldn’t in good conscience team up with the author of IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of the India Pale Ale without paying considerable attention to the hops.

For this brew we have chosen to use some of the new and exciting El Dorado hops we just received from the 2012 harvest. This’ll be both Alex and Mitch’s first time using the El Dorado hops. Says Alex, they’re “very fruit-forward, but without a lot of citrus. Not the typical American hop profile, and it even has a little mint.” Think strawberries, melon, and cantaloupe. Mitch added “it’s amazing because it has that really high alpha content, but the aromatics are just incredible.” It’ll be double dry-hopped, rounded out with Centennial hops, and should clock in at about 4.4% ABV and 43 IBUs.

Here’s hoping you’ll be just as excited about this brew as we are. Your first chance to try it, as well as pick the brains of Mitch & the Drake’s crew, will be at The Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Fest, January 26th at Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.


It’s in the tanks. It’s preparing for the onslaught of thirsty beer hoards. It will be ready. Will you?

Drake’s Hopocalypse DIPA and Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA will be returning on Saturday, February 2nd at Drake’s Barrel House.

Doors will open to the Barrel House at 10am.

Hopocalypse DIPA (9.3% ABV, 100+ IBUs) will be available on tap, on cask, in 22 oz bottles (1 case per person limit), in growlers (2 per person), and in Brew Rhino kegs (limited availability, first come first served).

Hopocalypse Black Label (12.5% ABV, 100+ IBUs) will be available on tap, on cask, and in 22oz bottles (2 per person limit).

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