September 12, 2011

Stone Imperial Black IPA Tapping at Foundry 9.13.11

Tomorrow night at the Foundry we'll be tapping a keg of Stone's 15th Anniversary brew, the Escondidian Imperial Black IPA.  This hop monster weighs in at 10.5% and we're proud to be among the very few places in Kansas City to serve this beer on tap. The name Escondidian is a playful jab at the on-going debate on what to call this new style of beer, most often referred to as black India Pale Ales. Considering that a "black pale ale" is a bit oxymoronic, some people are lobbying to call them Cascadian Dark Ales as the style is rumored to have started in the Pacific Northwest, while some folks maintain the first was actually brewed on the East Coast - hence the debate for location-specific naming.  Some people think they should just be called American Black Ales... Escondido, California's Stone Brewing Co. decided to completely circumnavigate this whole issue and claim it for themselves.  It's an excellent version of the style - dank California hops & bitter roasted malts provide massive flavor allowing just enough of the high ABV to come through. No matter what you want to call it, this beer is awesome.  If you weren't lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle you don't want to miss this chance to try it on tap.  Check out what people are saying on Beer Advocate.  We'll be offering pours when the Foundry opens at 4:00 and will serve it until the keg runs dry.  See you tomorrow!

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