Escondido, CA – This week Stone Brewing is releasing a bold and rich stout brewed with an abundant dose of whole espresso-roast coffee beans from San Diego-based roaster Ryan Bros. Coffee. A limited seasonal release, Stone Americano Stout, is a modern-day throwback making its debut this week in 12-ounce six-packs at retailers and on draft to restaurants and bars where Stone beer is sold.
Coffee roasting has risen to become a true art form, and recently, craft brewers have embraced the depth, complexity and nuances created by this unconventional brewing ingredient. A nod to fan-favorite 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Americano Stout revisits a style our fans loved with the same Ryan Bros. coffee that left us buzzing for more almost three years ago.
“We decided to brew a beer with carefully selected ingredients, from the malt and hops to the locally roasted espresso beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “In some ways, this recipe is a tribute to classic American stouts that were made by craft brewers in late 80s to early 90s. Because of our obsession with hops, we felt it was necessary to include a traditional Stone twist and up the hop factor to include four hop varietals: Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus”
Thanks to the malt bill, roasted and deep cocoa flavors are present to perfectly balance the strong notes of coffee. For each 120-barrel batch, 250 pounds of beans were added to the mash kettle and post-fermentation, creating prevalent coffee character with a lingering bitterness. This beer is made complete with a hop bill composed of classic American varieties, which invigorate the coffee taste with a fruity and citrusy hop presence.
Fans will be able to find Stone Americano Stout in limited quantities through May. Enjoy fresh or store at proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower). Over time, all flavors will meld together and allow for more toasted grain character to shine through. Regardless of when you choose to experience the intense coffee qualities, rest assured…not a single decaf bean was used in the process.
Stone Americano Stout:
- Stats: 8.7% ABV, 65 IBUs
- Availability: Seasonal 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and draft, beginning February 1
- Hop Varieties: Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus
- National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
- International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Germany; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; and United Kingdom
About Stone Brewing:
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing.