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Tropical Flavors, Hops Mingle In Stone Brewing Lager

BY JAMES CRANE, CORRESPONDENTMay 22, 2019

Stone Brewing Co. carved out its niche in the market by being aggressive. Its flagship beer, Arrogant Bastard, is an exercise in bitter — a big, boozy brew with a varied and antagonistic hop profile.

For a long time, it seemed like every release Stone made attempted to raise that bar ever higher. There certainly was variation and novelty, but that aggression was always there with a high ABV to back it up.

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly getting mellower as I get older. I do fewer and fewer foolish things and tend to commit more to the foolish things I do decide to do. I’m not the reckless youth I once was, and it seems Stone has followed suit. I still remember a few years ago when I came upon its Session IPA. That was a turning point in my mind.

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