Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Our Hefeweizen Takes the Gold

Brewmaster Larry Chase with our awards

The Great American Beer Fest (GABF) is being held this week in Denver, CO – always a favorite happening. This year it’s even more special since our Hefeweizen won a gold medal in the Brain of Brewers contest sponsored by Lallemand Yeast, and the awards were presented at an event coinciding with GABF

The national contest had three categories open to all craft-brewery beers using Lallemand yeast: Stout, American Ale and German Wheat beer. Gold, silver and bronze rankings were awarded.

We entered our Hefeweizen into the German Wheat beer category and received the gold medal. Lallemand provided a generous cash prize with Gold awards, which we plan to reinvest in brewing equipment to make even more great beer. We also submitted our Amber Ale for the American Ale/Amber Ale category and earned a bronze medal.

Here’s some information about these two beers:

Hefeweizen: An unfiltered wheat ale is fermented with a Bavarian yeast, imparting light banana and clove flavors with a mellow spicy aroma. 5.5% abv. Learn more about this beer style at Craftbeer.com.

Amber Ale: A medium bodied copper-colored ale that shows notable caramel malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness and a hint of fruit. 5.6%abv. Learn more about this beer style at Craftbeer.com.

We’re truly honored to receive these awards, since many excellent breweries offered up their beers (totaling over 40 entries), including Wynkoo and Limestone. Congratulations to other award recipients, and to all entrants for making such high-quality craft beer.

This is the 2nd year that Lamelland has held the competition and invited craft brewers to submit their beers for judging. We’ve been on our toes for weeks, since we shipped the beer in the first few days of September. The judging took place September 14th at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver and we learned about the results at the awards ceremony September 15th.

Many thanks to Lallemand for the opportunity, and for the great food and refreshing Wynkoop beer at the event. If you’re on facebook, you can view photos from the awards ceremony here. Again, cheers to everyone who put their beers in the ring – we all make beer better through events like this.

What a terrific chance to celebrate American Craft Beer!

350 Ale is Back on Tap!

Standing Stone’s limited edition 350 Ale is once again available due to great reception after its original debut.

If you enjoyed a beer with us this past March you may remember the 350 Ale, our specialty offering at the time. We’re wrapping up the summer beer season by bringing 350 Ale back after many requests.

The beer is golden and medium bodied with a slightly sweet aroma. It pleases the palate, offering a tart and bready flavor with a balancing mild bitterness. Alcohol content is 6.5%.

It pairs well with fruit flavors such as our Marionberry Cobbler or Marionberry Rocket Salad. You’ll also find it’s a nice match with the delicious, house-made, candied nuts that top a few of our salads. It’ll soon be the end of strawberry season, and the 350 would be a great pairing with fresh fruit at home, too.

This beer has an interesting backstory: It came into being because I miscounted the number of malt bags slated for the original recipe. As a result, the batch contained 350 lbs of 2-row organic malt instead of the 250 lbs called for in the original recipe. And you, our customers, loved it. Ah, serendipity!

The 300-gallon batch was tapped August 18. Come and drink up, and get it before it’s gone!