Stone Brewing could easily be described as the godfathers of the American IPA. And one of the IPAs that started it all was Ruination. On the 10th anniversary of Ruination back in 2012, Stone upped the ante by releasing RuinTen IPA — an aggressive, in your face double IPA derived from the same recipe, but on steroids. Now released on an annual basis, RuinTen is set to hit shelves across the country — boasting a 10.8% ABV and 110 IBUs of hoppy joy. As Stone says, it's a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops.
When it comes to Belgian history, it's their unrivaled ability to make fantastic beer that stands out to many of us here in the United States. And Firestone Walker Brewing — unrivaled in some of their own ways — have a fantastic take on the Belgian Quadrupel with Stickee Monkee. The brewers not only created their own version of the style, but they've tweaked it enough to create a new category: Central Coast Quad. The huge 13.4% beer is brewed with Belgian candi sugars and then aged up to 14 months in bourbon barrels from Woodford Reserve, Elijah Craig and Four Roses. This perfect storm of booze, sweetness, and malt was just bottled for the first time, and is another sweet success for Firestone Walker.
In a continuing attempt to remain on the cutting edge, craft brewers are digging up long dead recipes and brewing them anew for the thirsty masses. The latest example is Gratzer, a collaboration brew from 3 Floyds and New Belgium Brewing. Gratzer is a Polish style that uses generous amounts of smoked wheat, and this collab also includes Midnight Wheat malt, which gives the beer a mild sweetness. It's a mild mix of smoke and sweet and pours as black as night — the perfect setting for the also recently unearthed zombies that grace the bottles — which are available now until September.