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Stone / Sierra Nevada NxS IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

For many, California is considered an epicenter for brewing innovation, particularly where hoppy IPAs are concerned. We teamed up with longtime craft compatriots and mutual hop admirers Sierra Nevada to create a truly one-of-a-kind IPA. This special-edition beer conveys the true character of collaboration with touches of inventiveness and creativity. Two batches of an IPA were brewed and expertly blended to craft this multilayered beer. The first batch was split down the middle, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the remaining half aged in rye whiskey barrels. These beers were blended with the fresh second batch of IPA, which was generously dry-hopped to impart rich aromas to accompany the citrusy, piney, woody, herbaceous flavors achieved from this truly one-of-a-kind collaboration. Read More »

Stone Enjoy By 01.01.16 Imperial Black IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Bottled and consistently delivered faster than any other IPA on the planet to ensure the ultimate in freshness. Stone Enjoy By IPA facilitated a paradigm shift in respect for and enjoyment of hoppy beers. Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is the onyx yin to the freshness-envelope-pushing yang. It similarly rewards hoppy beer enthusiasts with the amazingly in-your-face dankness that only an über focus on now can bring. Cracking open a bottle allows one to experience this beer’s vibrant hop aromas and flavors to their fullest against a perfect symbiotic, complex, and roasty canvas. Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is proof that its never too soon to experience the now; its far better to be early than late with this deep dark wonder! Read More »

Firestone Walker Agrestic (2015) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release. A santé! Read More »

Bells Planet Series: Neptune – The Mystic | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

With Neptune, our Planets Series comes to an end. Inspired by one of Larry Bell’s old homebrew recipes and the music of Gustav Holst, this complex, strong and spiced Imperial Stout offers prominent herbal notes along with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice/anise and pepper with a touch of heat. Reminiscent of a mystical creation brewed in days gone by, this beer is a good candidate for aging due to the robust characteristics of its ingredients. Read More »

Stone Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This year’s winner of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned homebrewing competition, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from our neighbors to the south, as our callaborators from Baja California, Cervezería Insurgente, will attest. Layered with tiers of earthiness, spice and roast, this creamy, semisweet blue-ribbon beer confirms that the spirit of the American homebrewer is not only alive and kicking, but thriving at an all-time high. Read More »

Is Craft Beer Being Over Valued? And The Buyout Bubble! | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

With the recent acquisition of Ballast Point for 1 Billion dollars I wanted to talk about how I feel craft brewers may be being over valued. Cheers! Read More »