Today marks the first of what we hope will be many brewery-focused weeks here at Team Chug, and what better way to kick it off than with one of the gnarliest breweries around. Stone Brewing out of Escondido, California puts out some fantastic hop-monsters all year round and then sprinkles in some of the finest seasonal and one-time brews that you’ll ever have. As much as we’d like to, we can’t chug all of their beers in one week, so we’ll just pick a few of their fine year-round releases and drink them like we’re the thirstiest men in the world. Keep checking back every day this week to see us review another Stone beer. In the meantime, go check out http://www.stonebrew.com/ so see their full lineup and beers.
You may have noticed that I had a little trouble with it in the middle, but sometimes you’ll have that with the first chug of the day. This is not one of Stone’s big hoppy beers and so normally it would go down pretty easy. Having said that, it’s dry-hopped so it’s not your typical amber pushover.
How Much: 6
My local liquor store carries this for $9.49 for a six pack, though I bought it as a single. A fair price, though I’d definitely go with one of their “bigger” beers for that price.
Very decent, though not particularly my style. I usually find amber ales to be a little bit boring, but this one has enough hops flavor to make it interesting and is definitely one of the finer examples of the style that i’ve had. Stone makes some real fantastic hop-monsters, so this one is kind of the little brother, but sometimes even a little brother can surprise you.
Levitation is a year-round offering and Stone Brewing distributes to 41 states.
Overall Rating: 6.6
Music: Amebix – “God of the Grain”