OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’ Collaboration Beer

 

Orange County Brew Ha HaBeer Soaked readers should know by now that our favorite Orange County craft beer festival is approaching. That’s right, it’s almost time for the annual OC Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

Did you know that they are brewing a special collaboration beer for the event? We were invited to brew day for the OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’, and here’s the story…

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Three local Orange County brewmasters; Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers BreweryEvan Weinberg of Cismontane Brewing Company, and Jerrod Larsen of Tustin Brewing Company, all came together to brew a commemorative beer for the OC BrewHaHa festival. They sat down over some beers and after taking a look at the graphic novel themed artwork for the 2013 BrewHaHa they decided on a massively “hopped up” Red Ale that would consist of Citra, Nelson, and Galaxy hops. “It was a no brainer. It had to be a hoppy red. I mean, just look at the artwork.” – Aaron Continue reading

Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Stone Collaborations

Highway78 Scotch AleNow, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… when craft beer folks get together to brew more often than not great things happen. I know it happens when I get together with my buddies to brew. There’s something about working together and bouncing ideas off one another that brings out the best in whatever we brew. So I’m projecting here, but I know that has gotta be what happens with the Stone Collaborations too. Continue reading

The last beer I had…

was La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado which is a Stone Collaboration with The Bruery and Elysian Brewing Company. This ale is brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. Not your typical ingredients but quite tasty, not too very bitter and an ABV at 5.0%.

Fenugreek – Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Urdu/Hindi/Nepali). The leaves and sprouts are also eaten as vegetables. The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries.

Lemon verbena –Aloysia citrodora is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Common names include Lemon Verbena and Lemon Beebrush.[2] It was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century.

Stone Collaboration - La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado

Beer Soaked Erik's glass

You can find it at BevMo, Bruery Provisions, and Total Wine and Spirits

Edit (BS Erik): Also found at Pacific Park Market

Stone Collaboration – Cherry Chocolate Stout

Collaboration_CherryChocolateStoutOkay, so this one was a special treat for me, an unplanned surprise. I was at the Pacific Park Market and I was looking for the Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout as recommended to me in a comment on the “How To Make Friends At A Pool Party” article I wrote. So I was wandering around the back of the store carefully scanning all the shelves. That’s when Ken introduced himself and asked if he could help.

I told him what I was looking for and he said that he had it in the store about three weeks ago, but didn’t have it right now. Then he started recommending other stouts that he thought I might find interesting. Then one really caught my attention. I grabbed this one for a few reasons…

  1. It was the last one he had in the store, (limited)
  2. It was something that I’d never had before, (new)
  3. Stone was involved, (reputation) Continue reading