Tuesday, May 27, 2008

An Afternoon With Some Arrogant Bastards





So, technically, Stone Brewery has little to do with the cocktail world. But the appreciation of a quality brew over some tasteless, mass-marketed "beer" is analogous to what the mixology world desires. People should know that they have the option to drink something other than that slushy "margarita" made with 51% agave tequila and a treacherous product known as "sweet and sour mix" (and sometimes even "margarita/daiquiri mix").

But back to the brewery. I don't consider myself to be a beer expert, but I have tasted a few here and there. In fact, I'm quite proud of the fact that I have my own plaque on display at 99 Bottles of Beer, a fantastic restaurant/pub up in Santa Cruz, California. I'm on somewhat of a quest to sample as many brown ales as possible, so on this trip, I didn't actually order any Stone brews. Instead, I opted for the Rubicon Maggie Brown and the Bear Republic Pete Brown Tribute Ale. The Maggie Brown was a little bit aggressive for my palate, but the Tribute Ale was near perfection. I'll definitely have to sample another... and another... If you're a fan of Newcastle (or any other brown ale), you should absolutely check this one out. If you're interested in more brown ales which are quite delicious -- and highly available -- you should drink deeply of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Nectar Ales' Humboldt Hemp Ale (the hemp is NOT just a marketing ploy). I thank you for indulging me in allowing this non-cocktail post. And as always, I pray that whatever you drink, you drink well.


A couple of the bourbon barrels used for Stone's semi-new Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. Above are some hops talked about on the tour.

4 comments:

Chris said...

That was a good trip. Did you try the Double Stout that Gabe ordered? Man, that was an amazing example of the Stout style.

Mark the Bartender said...

That thing was quite tasty. I'm not a huge stout guy (pun partially intended), but I still think that if anybody has only tried one specific stout that we've all heard of, they would do themselves a solid by trying a few more, maybe even a double stout or two.

Chris said...

You're definitely not what one would consider "stout". Myself on the other hand....

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is worth a mouthful.

Mark the Bartender said...

It's also a great beer to help demonstrate mouthfeel.