Unleashing the Old and the “Odd” Stone Releases Two Versions of 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Stone Old Guardian 2015 Barleywines

ESCONDIDO, CA (Feb. 9, 2015) – Since 1998, Stone Brewing Co. has released Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, a much-anticipated robust, malty ale on an annual basis. In odd-numbered years, the company also releases an “Odd Year” version of the beer per its “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program. Today, 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (the classic version) and 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine – Extra Hoppy will start arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft to restaurants, bars and retailers in select markets where Stone beer is sold.

“We started ‘Odd Beers for Odd Years’ in 2011 to focus on Stone’s two longest running annual special releases—Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Stone Imperial Russian Stout,” explains Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. “In this case, ‘Odd’ means a different, new and creative take on the classic version, and it has allowed our brewing team to show off their innovative talent by developing beers like 2011 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine and 2013 Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine. We’re always excited to have our fans experience a unique take on each style.”

2015 Stone Old Guardian Barleywine

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This post was written by Angelo on February 10, 2015

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Video: Reactions to Beer in Slow Motion


TrumerAnyone who knows me knows that Trumer Pils is perhaps my favorite beer ever. I love that stuff so much. In fact, when I lived in Berkeley, California, drinking the stuff fresh was such a treat, I don’t think I can even begin to put it to words.  You see, Trumer has been making and selling their beer in Austria for more than 400 years and since 1842 their version of Pilsner came to life in Salzburg.

So, it might seem understandable that when I received an email last night from Trumer’s Austrian brand manager Christian Fressner telling me of the beer and a new video (see above) as though I hadn’t heard of it, it was like lobbing one in there. Christian’s email was simple:

Hi Angelo,

we are an Austrian private Brewery near Salzburg and you might know our product TRUMER PILS

Please watch and share our new Online-Clip:


Thank you(!) and greetings from Salzburg,


Einfach Leben!

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This post was written by Angelo on November 7, 2014

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The Brewing Lair

The Brewing Lair

By C. Baker

We landed in Reno.  It was my first time touching down in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”  I didn’t get to explore, but it appeared to have the feel of Vegas, a place that resides at the very bottom of my ‘places to visit list’.  My wife and I were picked up at the airport by her parents who were road tripping.  We were heading to see Uncle Smokey and Aunt Karen who live near Quincy, CA.  Quincy is a small town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a population of about 1,700, you may miss it if you blink.  Settled as a Gold Rush community in the mid-1800s, its current claim to fame is The High Sierra Music Festival.

Uncle Smokey, who knows my affection for beer, said we should stop at a newish brewery that opened on the CA-70 about 20 miles SE of Quincy in Blairsden, CA. Fortunately, I have the coolest In-Laws in the world.  They were already planning to stop.  A stop we missed.  The small, folding sign on the side of the road was hard to see at traveling speed, but conveniently there was a turn-around about a ¼ mile where CA70 meets the 89.  We re-traced our steps and pulled in on the dirt and gravel road where the sign was.

Road Leading to The Brewing Lair

The first thing that came to mind as we drove in was that we were going to die.  I was thinking along the lines of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.  It was forested, undeveloped and there was no sign of a brewery. When was Leatherface going to pop out? As we drove slowly up the road we saw disc golf targets scattered throughout the woods.  Wow, how cool.  As we rounded the last corner of the unimproved road the brewery came into view and we knew we had reached our destination, The Brewing Lair. Read More…


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2nd Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Brewpublic is caught in the midst of things at the 2nd Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest in Paso Robles, CA

After last year’s inaugural Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival in Paso Robles, California, one thing was for certain – these folks at the award winning brewery sure know how to throw a beer fest. Some of the most coveted breweries from across the nation and a few of international acclaim were asked to share some of their best beers for this amazing event.

Despite temperatures that exceeded 100-degrees on the day of the fest, the staff and grounds crew at the event provided plenty of water, shade, large fans, and mist makers to keep the quaffers as quenched and cool as possible.

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

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This post was written by Angelo on June 4, 2013

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Bailey’s The Upper Lip’s first tasting event – Ale Industries

Ale Industries

Bailey’s Taproom has a new event space, The Upper Lip (720 SW Ankeny St). Their first event is Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Occupancy is limited and tickets must be purchased ahead of time.

Ale Industries is coming to town with beers from their Barrels and Uniquities department. Brewmaster and co-owner, Morgan Cox, will be hanging out an eager to talk about his beers.

$12 gets you a flight of the following beers:

Ale Industries Pink DrankPink Dranka sour blonde ale aged “hella days” in oak barrels at our brewery in Concord. We used Brettanomyces Lambicus for the primary ferment with Lactobacillus, and finished it with Cascadian raspberries.a sour blond fermented and aged in oak w/raspberries. (13 months in oak)

Agent Neda 16 month old Flanders red. This Flanders Red was fermented in a Climbing Monkey Wines barrel, using the lees that were left after bottling. We are really happy with the dry-red wine finish. When fermentation was complete we dosed the barrel with our blend of wild yeast and bacteria that we created in the Grand Cru.

A.I. Evolution, Generation 6100% clean barrel ferment, where we continually brew a new complementary beer which is blended into the previous batch.

Rye’d Pipera hoppy red is rich and flavorful beer with a touch of rye malt that compliments the roasty/chocolate flavors. 5.8%

Bottles of Pink Drank, Rye’d Piper, and Golden State of Mind will be available for to go purchases.

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Beercations: A How-to Guide

Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA

By Kim Schimke

Beercation: traveling to new beer destinations in search of deliciousness. Okay, so that may be my definition, but neither Webster nor Wikipedia has yet to adopt this term, so I’m improvising. In the past couple months; I have been fortunate enough to take two major beercations; one to LA and the other to Boston. Both were incredibly successful. What makes for a successful beercation you ask? I have thrown together some tips so you may be equipped to take and fully enjoy a beercation of your own.

I may not be a craft expert, but beercations are something I have pretty much specialized in since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Growing up with my craft loving parents, I’ve been traveling around the country hitting up brewpubs, breweries, and bottle shops for quite some time. I’ve picked up a thing or two and have now acquired a beercation bag of tricks. It’s important to keep in mind that though a hoot and a half, beercations also take preparation, just like any other vacation. Read More…


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This post was written by Kim S. on May 23, 2013

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Pliny The Elder vs. Heady Topper

On May 9, 2013 I scored a bottle of Russian River Pliny The Elder IIPA at my local liquor store in Berkeley, CA. It was the freshest bottle of Pliny I’ve ever had the pleasure of opening. You see, the beer was bottled on the same date that I purchased it. In fact, the Russian River Brewing Co. driver arrived just as I was about to leave Pliny-less. Score!

Russian River Fresh Pliny The Elder
For safe measure, I thought it’d be best to sample a comparable East Coast Imperial India Pale Ale to Pliny. No better offering seemed to fit other than The Alchemist‘s Heady Topper Ale. A bold 8% ABV double Read More…


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This post was written by admin on May 9, 2013

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Weekend In Review: 17th Annual Boonville Beer Fest

Boonville Beer Fest (Instagram photo by @linemodifier)

One of the most anticipated craft beer events on the West Coast is undoubtedly the annual Boonville Beer Fest. This past weekend marked the 17th annual return of this event centered around the pioneering brewery that is Anderson Valley Brewing.

Located within the serene rolling hills and oak groves in the secluded town of Boonville, about 25 miles west beyond a winding mountainous pass from Ukiah in Mendocino County, Anderson Valley’s yearly pilgrimage witnesses a great deal of brewers, brewery representatives, industry folks and beer enthusiasts from all points north, south and east. With a large contingency of the turnout representing California, the festival showcased both popular and obscure, regional and journeyed companies for this unparalleled undertaking. Read More…


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45 New Beer Labels From The Pacific Northwest

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Spring has sprung as so have several new craft beers that are sure to quench the palate of enthusiasts during the warmer days ahead. Here’s a look at several new beer labels from across the Pacific Northwest that we are greatly anticipating getting our hands on: Read More…


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New Varietals of Organic Hops Brings Bison Brewing Hop Cuvée To The Table

Bison Hop Cuvee

Bison BrewingBison Brewing of Berkeley, California has been an organic craft beer pioneer since 1989. With this uncompromising approach to sustainable brewing, the company has been limited to higher costs and less available ingredients than your average brewery. But as time passes the few breweries in league with Bison who have remained organic right down to the hops (until 2013 other certified organic breweries could get away with non-organic hops as long as the product was 95% organic by weight, but Bison never compromised) have been blessed with a spurt in the growth of new certified organic hop varietals. Instead of more pedestrian hop varieties, last year’s harvest yielded the likes of highly sought after organic Simcoe, Citra, and Centennials.

With these new hops that appeal to the modern day hop head, Bison brewmaster and owner Dan Del Grande has pushed forth to soon unveil a brand new sessionable West Coast ale known as “Hop Cuvée” which makes use of kettle addition and dry-hopped lupulin that offers a tropical, floral, and resinous bouquet unlike anything the organic brewing world as smelled or tasted yet.

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