ESCONDIDO, CA — Stone Brewing Co. designed the Stone Stochasticity Project as a playful outlet for making diverse limited-release beers without adherence to a specific brewing schedule or strict parameters. There is little-to-no logical association between past beers in this series and the one being released today. The Stone Stochasticity Project isn’t about logic. It’s about being stochastic. So, beginning today, Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, a Belgian-style quadrupel ale brewed with a modern specialty grain called triticale, is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers nationwide.
Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale has some history at Stone. Several years ago, Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele developed a recipe for a Belgian-style quadrupel ale brewed with triticale, a hybrid of rye and wheat grains. The recipe was considered as a possible brew for the Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale release, but it was ultimately decided that beer would be a strong golden Belgian ale brewed with triticale, since there had already been two Belgian quad-inspired Stone Vertical Epic Ale beers. So the Belgian quad recipe was filed awayÔÇªbut not forgotten. The Stone Stochasticity Project provided the avenue to revive the recipe and share it with the world.
Flaked triticale provides Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale with the subtly spicy character of rye and a smooth mouthfeel akin to wheat, which also helps offset the syrup-like body traditionally associated with quadrupel-style ales. The addition of dark Belgian candi sugar renders the beer deep amber in color while bringing forth prune, raisin and molasses flavors. The Belgian yeast strain Ardennes provides tropical fruit and banana characters while also incorporating very light pepper and clove notes.
“The Stone Stochasticity Project serves as our brewing playground, giving us the opportunity to learn about new ingredients and experiment with beer styles that we might not have a chance to brew as a special release Stone beer,” said Steele. “When I first learned about the premise for Stone Stochasticity Project, I was thrilled at the possibility of resurrecting my recipe for a Belgian quad with triticale. We were shooting to develop a good solid quad recipe, add triticale and then see what the final result would be. Once we sampled the five-barrel pilot batch, we were really impressed and decided to make it a Stone Stochasticity Project beer.”
Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale may be enjoyed now or saved for a special time in the future. If saved, it is suggested storing the bottle at proper cellaring temperatures (55┬░F or lower) for several months or a few years. Over time, the beer will grow even smoother while developing more prevalent raisin and brown sugar flavors.
- Name: Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale
- URL: http://www.stochasticity.com/beers/quadrotriticale/
- Stats: 9.3% ABV, 40 IBUs
- Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and on draft, beginning June 2
- Hops Bill: Magnum
- Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, 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, and WA