You can now get your hands on the latest offering from Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) with this week's release of Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, a Belgian-style Quadrupel brewed with triticale.
As you may know, the Stochasticity Project is a new series of beers from Stone Brewing that acts as a playground for their brewers to experiment with and learn more about beer styles and new ingredients. Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale fits this profile well with the use of a new specialty grain called triticale, a modern hybrid of rye and wheat grains. Although this beer may be a new offering in a new series, it still has a history at Stone Brewing Co. Several years ago, Brewmaster Mitch Steele developed a recipe for a Belgian-style Quadrupel brewed with triticale and it was actually considered as a possible brew for the Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale release. Since the series of Stone Vertical Epic Ales had already seen two Belgian Quads, this one did not make the cut and the brewery decided to go in a different direction. It turns out that this recipe was just a little ahead of its time and it has now found a perfect home in the Stochasticity Project. For an idea of what to expect from Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, here's a description from the brewery's press release:
Flaked triticale provides Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale with the subtly spicy character of rye and a smooth mouthfeel akin to wheat, which also helps offset the syrup-like body traditionally associated with quadrupel-style ales. The addition of dark Belgian candi sugar renders the beer deep amber in color while bringing forth prune, raisin and molasses flavors. The Belgian yeast strain Ardennes provides tropical fruit and banana characters while also incorporating very light pepper and clove notes.
Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select accounts in Alabama and throughout Stone Brewing's distribution area nationwide. You can enjoy Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale fresh or you can cellar it to enjoy in the future. The folks at the brewery expect this beer to do well if aged for several months or a few years, and the beer will develop more prevalent raisin and brown sugar flavors over time.
If you happen to be looking for something a little more hop forward, Stone Brewing has you covered with the release of Stone Enjoy By 07.04.14 IPA. This homage to the beauty of fresh IPAs "showcases citrusy, fruity character brought on from 13 varieties of hops added at multiple stages during the brewing process. When combined and infused in massive quantities, the hops produce nuances of peaches and tropical fruit qualities that are evident in the aroma, while the taste is overwhelmingly hoppy." Since this batch recognizes Independence Day, it is available in all 41 states of Stone Brewing's distribution area. Stone Enjoy By 07.04.14 IPA has already found its way to Alabama, and you can expect it to disappear quickly.
For those of you keeping score, that makes two limited release beers from Stone Brewing Co. available now on local taps and shelves. These beers will not be hanging around for long, so grab some while you can. Prost!