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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Stations Open from 12:12pm to 9pm Closes at 10pm

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido


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Welcome, and thank you for being a part of this Epic moment in Stone history! Please keep your punch card with you at all times, and enjoy your Stone Vertical Epic Ale vintages with their specially paired dishes in any order you like. Stations for each pairing are located throughout the entire restaurant and gardens, and will be serving until 9pm. We’ve planned carefully in order to not run out of any food or vintage of beer, so take your time and savor the experience. Don’t forget to sample three tastes of your choice of extra cask and barrel-aged versions located at our inside bar.

Menu by Tausha Lopez-Martinez Pairings by “Dr.” Bill Sysak


Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale located upstairs in the bistro mezzanine

Our inaugural beer in the series is a simple, unassuming Belgian‌well, it could have been except for the fact that we don’t do anything simple or ordinary here at Stone. In addition to a generous helping of unmalted red wheat, we added a bit of oats for smoothness and then kicked it up a notch with curacao peel, orange peel, and a touch of fresh ground black pepper. This gorgeous golden ale is bursting with spicy flavors mingled with bright citrus notes and finishes smooth with a hint of honey sweetness. 7.5% ABV paired with

Quince, Granny Smith Apple & Cherry Crisp with rum and brown butter streusel

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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale located outside in the gardens

For the 03.03.03 edition, we used some pretty interesting ingredients...coriander, Grains of Paradise, and a bit of both unmalted wheat and dark roasted wheat. We also added a blend of Belgian and American ale yeasts, and a nice selection of high-alpha hops for a decidedly nonBelgian style twist. All told it makes for a dubble-ish taken-to-San-Diego-pushed-to-the-edge-and-slappedaround-a-bit beer. 9% ABV paired with

Truffled Deviled Egg with white truffles and truffled olive oil

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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale located upstairs in the bistro mezzanine

This time around we used a little unmalted wheat, just the right touch of kaffir lime leaf, and a really cool Belgian yeast. The result is a bit like a strong Biere de Garde / Saison-esque influenced beer coupled with some aromatic Bavarian Hefeweizen style phenolic banana esters, and a backnote hint of lime from the lime leaf. 8.5% ABV paired with

Milk Chocolate Mousse with chai tea cream

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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale located in the downstairs dining area

We used no spices in the brewing of this year’s beer, but the special Belgian yeast we used adds a distinctively spicy aroma and flavor. Roastiness, clove, hops, fruitiness, and those other great and funky phenols abound in the nose. You certainly get some dark roasted malts and alcohol overtones in the flavor. What else? Hints of earthiness, chocolate/cocoa, hop spiciness, maybe even anise, and ... the incredible variety of complexities from the classic brewing ingredients of barley malt, hops, yeast and water, combined with an artistic touch. 8.5% ABV paired with

Duck Confit “PB & J” with hazelnut butter & fig jam

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale located at the outside bar

In this year’s edition, you’ll notice a deep, rich aroma of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar. The toasty, dark and roasty malt flavors combine with a soft palate - courtesy of specialty dark wheat and barley malts. The body is fairly light for a beer with such a high gravity, and there’s a pleasant, lingering bitterness. This beer was brewed with the same specialty Belgian yeast that we used for brewing the Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale. And like the 05.05.05 version, all the spicy, deep, and wonderfully funky aromas and flavor characteristics in this beer come as a result of nothing more than malt, hops, water and yeast! 8.66% ABV paired with

Milk Chocolate Truffle with wildflower honey, cinnamon & clove

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale located in the downstairs dining area

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices — including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel — and a special Belgian yeast strain. 8.4% ABV paired with

Mashed Potato Pierogi with caramelized onions & garlic

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale located outside on the patio

The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and pleasing end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish. 8.4% ABV paired with

Traditional Lobster Roll with smoked paprika aioli

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale located outside on the patio

This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. Rich vanilla beans add a nice counter to the chocolate malt - actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish is smooth, with additional traces of vanilla and toasted characters from French Oak. The goal for this edition of the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series is to be reminiscent of artisanal chocolates accentuated with orange. 8.6% ABV paired with

Braised Short Rib with mascarpone mashed potatoes

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale located at the outside bar

This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale was brewed with the unusual additions of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. The beer pours hazy gold with a creamy white head of foam, and the aroma is a blend of banana, wine and berry esters, with hints of clove and chamomile. The taste shows an increased intensity of fruit flavors as the varietal character of the grape juice starts to assert itself mid-palate. The beer is tart and extremely dry, and finishes with a lingering aftertaste of wine, banana esters and a hint of chamomile. 9.5% ABV paired with

Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese farmstead artisan cheese from Wisconsin

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale located at the outside bar

Not your typical chile beer! The famous mild green chilies from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico add layers of delicious flavor with a very mild heat component. The base beer itself is highly reminiscent of a European amber beer, with Perle and Pacific Jade hops, Munich and other roasted German and Belgian malts. The cinnamon we added doesn’t dominate the beer’s flavor, but definitely adds a subtly complex spice note that blends amazingly well with the banana esters and green chile flavors. 9.4% ABV paired with

Pork Crépinette with apples, onions, sage & thyme

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale located outside in the gardens

In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balance *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer‌ but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. 9.4% ABV paired with

Spicy Quail Knot with Korean BBQ sauce

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4oz Samples located at the inside bar

Included in your ticket are three 4oz samples of your choice from the following eight special offerings (you can also purchase your favorite separately).

on draft

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Wine Barrels Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Wine Barrels Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale aged w/ French Oak

on cask

Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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Stone Epic Festival, The Final Chapter : 12.12.12  

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