Stone Brewing Pairs a Stout with a Liger

Each year Stone Brewing partners with the American Homebrewers Association to host a member rally and homebrew competition, which, for years has yielded a beer worthy of the national stage. Judged by Stone co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner (and members of the Stone Brewing team), this year’s champion is the Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez / Abnormal Beer Company / Stone Neapolitan Dynamite, available beginning this week in 22-ounce bottles nearly nationwide.

The striped ice cream box of childhood was polarizing, as the cavalier scooped horizontal while the more conservative opted for vertical. This Imperial Stout offers no such preferential freedom. Brewed with vanilla, strawberries and chocolate plus a grown-up addition of coffee, Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez / Abnormal Beer Company / Stone Neapolitan Dynamite is the ice cream sundae of beer, with no tolerance for ‘vanilla’ tendencies.

“Our Stone Homebrew Competition is one of my favorite Stone events,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing co-founder & executive chairman. “Yes, Stone and Abnormal Beer Company contributed to this beer, but our homebrewer competition winners Paul Bischeri and Patrick Martinez deserve the biggest scoop of the credit here. They dreamed up this beer, and they really nailed it. Perhaps we should strictly serve this gem frozen in a non-high fructose corn syrup waffle cone. Wait, does that even exist?”

An integral part of bringing the American Homebrewers Association – sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition winner’s beer to fruition is to pair the winners with a like-minded guest collaborator. The decision was made collaboratively with Paul and Patrick, choosing San Diego’s Abnormal Beer Company. Abnormal’s reputation with stouts is superior and Stone had brewed successfully with them in the past, making for a seamless partnership.

The Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez / Abnormal Beer Company / Stone Neapolitan Dynamite pours black and opaque. The aroma melds fresh-brewed coffee with milk chocolate and strawberry. Vanilla and silky milky sweetness shine through in the flavor and creamy body. It’s as smooth as the ice cream of our childhood and as aggressive a liger.

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