Thursday, 12 August 2010
Stone Night: I’m not worthy!
Most familiar with the San Diego based Stone brewery know them for their aggressively marketed heavily hopped bold West Coast style American ales. I myself first encountered Stone beers a few years back on holiday in California and enjoyed many of there offerings including the accurately named 'Arrogant Bastard Ale'. Anyhow, after obtaining a few bottles from the Internet, I decided to have a special night dedicated to stone and consume the three bottles I had. I even wore my 'Arrogant Bastard Ale, Your not worthy' t-shirt for the occasion. It was almost like being back in California... Except for the overcast weather, Co-op over the road, smaller cars and the fact I was actually in the humble Northumberland town of Alnwick. In fact earlier that day down Alnwick Market a bloke at a stall questioned if there really was a beer called Arrogant Bastard Ale? I told him it was in from California, I mean it wouldn't be British would it, the nanny state wouldn't allow such things, and at 7.2% alcohol! My god, this could spark a binge drinking epidemic! Anyhow, I digress.
Anyway, as many of you may know, Stone brewery is owned by Greg Koch, if your not familiar Greg, the coolest guy in beer, well... Your probably not real beer geek. He was also the bloke behind this video and is on my list of most wanted head brewer/brewery owner autographs.