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TO-DO LIST: Stone's Vertical Epic Festival

Stone executes Vertical Epic Ales with huge bash in Escondido


Stone Brewing Co has a knack for turning the release of a beer into a happening. That nose for narrative, for event-ness, is what separates it from SD's new legion of craft brews. And on Dec. 12 they'll prove they can kill off one of their babies with the same moxy. Since 2002, they've released Stone Vertical Epic Ale on numerically identical days (02/02/02, 03/03/03, and on and on). Now Stone Epic Festival: The Final Chapter will mark the end of the series with a final tasting feast of all vintages at their Jurassic Park-ian brewery grounds in Escondido. "We knew it was coming," says co-owner Greg Koch. "There's no 13/13/13."

As for the party? Every attendee will get a 3-oz sample of all 11 Stone Vertical Epic Ales. Food from the World Bistro will be paired with each. They'll also get three 4-oz samples of barrel-aged or cask-conditioned vintages (Everyone will take home a commemorative glassware that their wives will silently begrudge everytime they open the cupboard. The party goes from 12:12PM until closing (last call at 9PM). Tickets are $150.

Vertical Epic Festival: The Final Chapter

Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale
Quince, Granny Smith Apple & Cherry Crisp with rum and brown butter streusel
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale
Truffled Deviled Egg with white truffles and truffled olive oil
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale
Milk Chocolate Mousse with chai tea cream
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale
Duck Confit “PB & J” with hazelnut butter & fig jam
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale
Milk Chocolate Truffle with wildflower honey, cinnamon & clove
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
Mashed Potato Pierogi with caramelized onions & garlic
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale
Traditional Lobster Roll with smoked paprika aioli
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale
Braised Short Rib with mascarpone mashed potatoes
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale
Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese farmstead artisan cheese from Wisconsin
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
Pork Crépinette with apples, onions, sage, & thyme
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
Spicy Quail Knot with Korean BBQ sauce


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