I don't know how many of you reading this know that I used to be a draft tech for Budwieser back in the day. Anyways I only did that job for a year, but it gave me a lot of experience daily drinking some great beer. When I worked this job I was living in San Diego County at the time. This was at the time a new brewery was starting up in the area. The company seemed to have a great culture and everyone I met in the company was amazing to hang out with and drink a cold beverage.
Stone had the most aggressive marketing I had ever seen in a beer company, and I loved it. I mean we are beer drinkers here right? We are not looking for the champagne of beers, we are looking for the beer of beers right? I don't know about you but I am choosing a gargoyle over a beer named after another liquor all day. Not only that, they also talk smack about all those yellow beers on their label.
They do not just talk that stuff they also back it up. Put it this way do you want three beers at 6.9% or ten beers at 4.6%? I personally take my drinking time seriously and do not like to spend a lot of time walking to and from the water closet.
I must admit Stone IPA was the first non yellow fizzy beer I ever tried, and it legitimately changed my outlook on beer. It must have been the feeling I got after trying a dark beer. Was I finally a man??? No way, I still need to go do two story beer bongs in college. Should I start training for MMA Competitions now??? Still naw, I am a lover not at fighter. Did my beer decisions just get a lot more difficult for the rest of my life??? Oh for sure. My level of stoke just went way up for a good hoppy beer and an aggressive label.
This beer is not going to be a favorite of the typical gym rat, but man is this beer perfect for your typical lumber-sexual. You know that guy with a flannel shirt, suspenders, skin tight blue jeans, boots, and a beard that makes Paul Bunyan jealous.
For those of you who have not tried a Stone IPA yet I am sorry, but don't worry you will get there one day. Don't feel like less of a human and know that everyone matures at a different rate. Accept the change when it comes naturally. To those of you who are reading this and thinking about what liquor store will be closest and has a respectable beer selection you are welcome. You are about to make a positive change in your life.