Today, most importantly, is my brother's birthday. That being said, it is also the final release of Stone Brewing Company's Vertical Epic Series. Starting on 02-02-02, it ends today with 12-12-12.
Sadly, we jumped on the vertical series a little late, i.e. 2007. In the interim, we picked up a 2006, but are missing 2002-2005.
The Stone Brewing Company has pushed craft beer in all sorts of different directions. All of which, in their own unique way, taste incredibly delicious.
Stone Brewing Company is a pretty amazing place. My two trips to their brewery/bistro gardens in Escondido, California are incredibly memorable. I wished I lived a thousand miles closer, although my liver may tend to disagree. What Stone is doing is simply amazing and to enjoy the tail end ride of their vertical epic series is a definite guilty pleasure.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, the Backyard Brewers will assemble for a Vertical Epic tasting after the first of the year. It shall be an event not to miss. I cannot wait. In the meantime, I will scoop up as much 12-12-12 as I can. It's a spice laden big beer journey.