For the last 5 years, Stone Brewing Co. has held an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) rally and homebrew competition where attendees sample homebrews and help Stone select a beer to make on the large scale. The lucky winning homebrewer(s) have their batch produced at Stone and distributed widely including being entered at GABF. Several great local homebrewers have won this honor in the past including our friends: Kelsey McNair and Ken Schmidt (twice).
This year two other friends of the brewery, Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan won the event with their amazing Coconut IPA. We’re very excited for Robert and Ryan as their creative concept and the resulting homebrews were fantastic. Their recipe has a creative use of coconut along with tropical fruit flavored hops to give the drink a very tropical mix drink flavor profile. For those familiar with our Bonzer Pale Ale, its similar in many ways except they had the idea of including toasted coconuts!
Today, Stone has just announced (http://blog.stonebrew.com/index.php/2013-collaborations/) their 3rd collaborator for the upcoming Pro/Am collaboration beer. We are honored and absolutely stoked to be part of the project! Thanks so much to Robert and Ryan for suggesting us and Stone for giving us this great opportunity to work together. This beer will be brewed on Stone’s production system and is expected to be available in the summer. You can look for it at your favorite bottle shop or at Stone accounts around town.