Long the fuel for conspiracy theorists, false flag operations are when one organization perpetrates an act in a way that makes it look like someone else did it. In the espionage world, false flag operations are done when you don’t want the world to know what you did. Monday’s release of Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA is a false flag operation that deserves to be made public.
With newly-created social media accounts, and a mailing address in an Escondido office park, it’s a whimsical puzzle as to who’s behind the Stochasticity Project. Even the press release for the beer came from an independent email account. For those who aren’t content with just drinking a beer without knowing who made it, Stochasticity left you two clues that quickly solve the mystery, and you need look no further than the bottle.
All beer bottles have to show the name of the brewing company, and the bottle for Grapefruit Slam IPA says “brewed & bottled by Koochenvagner’s Brewing Co.” If the name of the brewery isn't enough of a clue, a squinting look at the label art reveals the familiar face of a gargoyle looking back at you. You guessed it; the Stochasticity Project is the handiwork of none other than Greg Koch and Steve Wagner’s Stone Brewing Company.
Enough of the puzzle, let’s get to the beer. There couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this beer than Grapefruit Slam. Pour it into a glass, and you’re immediately hit in the face with a strong citrus aroma from the hand-zested grapefruit and Centennial hops. The flavor is much of the same with a massive grapefruit flavor and bitter citrus notes. The taste of grapefruit stays in your mouth long after you finish drinking this refreshing beer, and it would be a perfect way to unwind after mowing the lawn.
Time will only tell what’s next for the Stochasticity Project. If this is Stone’s version of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, then we could be in for a wild ride. Even if this is just Stone’s way of cutting loose and having fun, it’ll be enjoyable with plenty of creative results. In case you were wondering about the name, stochastic means random. With that name and the creative brain power in Escondido, there should be plenty of randomness for craft beer fans to kick back and enjoy.