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Inspired by the documentary "Beer Wars" I have taken on the daunting task of profiling a different beer every day in the month of November. The idea is to shine a light on some of the fabulous beers that don't have huge advertising budgets and don't command shelf space in the local super markets. These are the beers that you will find in the local taverns served by people who know and love beer.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 2 "Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale"

WOW.  This is an adventurous beer.  Brewed with Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc grapes (yes I am still talking about beer) and  Chamomile.  Fermented with the legendary Ardennes strain of Belgian yeast and hopped with German Perle hops the10.10.10 is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with pale malt and triticale (a cross of wheat and rye).  It is then steeped with chamomile tea.  The juice blend is added during the secondary fermentation.  With an ABV of 9.5 this is not your daily drinker but delicious for sure.

The result is a beer that reminds me a little of champagne but I wouldn't mix it with orange juice on a Sunday morning.  It paired very well with my lobster and crab chowder at Manderes in Folsom.  Stone's Epic brews are released each year on the epic date 8.8.08, 9.9.09 etc. and are designed to be aged and consumed on 12.12.12.  I couldn't wait that long.


  1. Is there any way we can get you to put a rating system on these fine libations? Dicky Merkin

  2. Good idea. I will have to think about that.