Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Pours a mid amber colour with a nice white head. Yeast, banana and citrus hops on the nose with orange candy and caramel notes on the palate and a classic IPA style bitter hoppy finish.
An American IPA with a Belgian twist, made using a Belgian yeast strain giving this beer a unique fruity twist.
|Style||American Pale Ale|
Steve and Greg were originally introduced by a mutual friend in Los Angeles in 1989 when they were both working in the music business (Steve’s band just so happened to rent a room in Greg’s newly opened rehearsal studios). That encounter was short lived, and they didn’t run into each other again until a few years later when beer enthusiasm-driven fate led them both to a weekend class at UC Davis titled “A Sensory Evaluation of Beer.” That morning in the class, Greg kept glancing over at Steve, thinking, “Where do I know that guy from?” Steve walked over during the break and said, “Aren’t you Greg?” After the class, and over a beer, of course, Steve and Greg discovered that they shared absurdly good taste in beer, coupled with a fiery obsession for being a part of the craft beer revolution.
Over the next three years, Steve and Greg got together regularly and kept talking about beer and brewing. As discussions bemoaning the tyrannical oppression of the American beer drinker at the hands of fizzy yellow beer makers (Greg) and lauding the efforts of America’s rising craft brewers (Steve & Greg) during this time, the only possible conclusion became clear: They had to open their own brewery.
With Steve’s knowledge of brewing and Greg’s past successes in business, these two beer fanatics managed to cobble together the funds needed (with no small help from Greg’s father, Terry Koch) for some shiny new stainless steel brewing vessels. After a nine-month search, the newly formed team found the perfect location in San Marcos for Stone Brewing and moved in on February 1, 1996.