Stone Anniversary IPA 4-packs and 02.02.02 Vertical Epic
Stone Brewing just celebrated their 20th Anniversary back in August, but they’re not done releasing anniversary beers from years past. This week’s packaged releases include a collection pack of various Stone Anniversary IPAs and a freshly brewed batch of their very first Vertical Epic Ale, 02.02.02.
This comes after Stone has released a number of their most popular beers from their long illustrious history, including Stone 6th Anniversary Porter and 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Stone has appropriately named this series of re-released beers from their vault the Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series.
The Stone Anniversary IPA Collection 4-pack that was just released includes the Stone 5th Anniversary IPA, Stone 10th Anniversary IPA, and Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA, along with their newly released 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA. This is an awesome array of various Stone Anniversary IPAs from over the years and it sounds like a great way to relive some of their hoppy annual experiments from over the years.
Vertical Epic 02.02.02 is a Belgian Wit with orange peel, black pepper, and a huge amount of Centennial hops that was released 14 years ago in February 2002. This fresh batch gives old and new Stone fans a chance to relive the truly unique brew that kicked off their annual Vertical Epic series. According to the Press Release, only 300 cases of 02.02.02 were originally produced, so this beer has been quite scarce and difficult to track down until this re-release.
These beers represent important landmarks in the history of the company, which Stone’s Greg Koch acknowledged with the statement, “Our 5th, 10th and 15th anniversaries were significant achievements for Stone Brewing, and each year was celebrated with a bold, flavorful IPA that was groundbreaking for that time.” Koch went on to further describe the significance of the release, “Fans will be able to relive a bit of Stone history with some of our most beloved Stone Anniversary Ales, featured only in the Stone Anniversary IPA Collection. This is the first time we’ve rebrewed these IPAs since their debut. We’re thrilled to provide this very unique opportunity for our fans to relive the past with us. It’s the perfect way to reminisce!”
Cheers to getting the chance to relive some of these significant milestones from Stone’s history!