Stone Brewing to Release 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA

ESCONDIDO, CA – Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA will hit stores this week, bringing with it a bold, hoppy profile, customary of the brewery’s anniversary beers. The beer’s distinctive combination of hops used alongside wheat malt are brand new territory for the Stone Brewing team, making it a beer to mark history, as it goes down in history.

Pekko is an under-utilized hop, which plays nicely with Mosaic to create a juicy flavor profile of orange and peach alongside just the right dankness. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and even cherry candy come through on the fruity and floral aroma. Some wheat malt is included, adding to the nice malt backbone of the beer. Its unfiltered finish enhances the grainy characteristics of the wheat while bringing out the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the hops.

“Our anniversary is a special time of year for us to celebrate where we have been, but especially where we are going,” professed Stone Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier. “This beer can stand proudly with the others as it showcases our love for brewing and beer. Sharing this love with our brothers and sisters at Stone Brewing as well as our fans, who continue on this amazing journey with us, is what this beer is all about.”

Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA rings in at 9.8 percent ABV and will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and draft.

“It’s been said that ‘nothing is original,’ which infers that we’ve pilfered freely, stolen, thieved and otherwise taken inspiration from others in every step of our journey,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder.  “No problem owning that. We haven’t invented beer, just given it our take. And with this beer, we took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry hopped it a lot and share it openly in the hopes that in some ways it may in turn inspire others.”

So the beer’s name is a celebration of thieving all things that inspire. The beer itself is a celebration of a brewer, which has devoured the inspiring for a prolific 21 years.

Quick Facts

Name: Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA

Stats: 9.8% ABV, 80 IBUs

Availability: 22-ounce bottles and draft

Featured Hops: Magnum, Pekko and Mosaic

Distribution: Nationwide

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep gold with some haze from being unfiltered.

Aroma: An amazing array of aromas: Grapefruit, pineapple, flowers, orange, fresh peaches and cherry candy.

Taste: Layers of different fruit unfold from a pleasant wheat back-bone. A lot of peach, orange, and candy flavors pop up front with some hop resin and solid bitterness and notes of alcohol.

Palate: An intense beer all around! Big fruit in a big beer but balanced throughout with a good amount of bitterness anchoring this Double IPA.

Overall: We were looking for a different hop to blend with Mosaic in a beer and decided upon Pekko—a hop that we featured in Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine in 2015 that contributes bright fruit and candy aroma and flavors. The combination of these two hops worked really well and we took it one step further, combining those in the dry-hop with “06300,” an as of yet unnamed experimental hop we really enjoy. Finally, with wheat as a component in this unfiltered IPA, the addition here makes for a nice soft malt backbone for the hops to launch off into the foreground.

PAIRING Notes

A great beer for pairing, the citrus and peach components are easy to pair with richer foods.  It will also pair well with dishes that incorporate sour and tart flavors, like vinaigrette salad dressing, fresh citrus, and sauces that incorporate sour elements.

Starters: Shumai or Wontons with/Pork & Shrimp, Chicken Satay, Deep Fried Tofu, Poke

Soups & Salads: Lobster Bisque, Toasted Barley & Spinach Salad, Strawberry Arugula Salad, Sopa de Lima

Main Courses: Peruvian Style Chicken, Pork Belly Sliders, Avocado Tacos, Beef Empanadas w/Chimichurri Sauce

Desserts: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Mango with Sticky Rice, Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon Bars

About Stone Brewing

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning, industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 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…and pledging to never, ever, sell out to the man.  For more information on Stone Brewing,  please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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