The style they chose to commemorate this newsy milestone is a hoppy session pale ale that should register at 4.5% alcohol-by-volume. According to Mitch, it was brewed with pale malt, light Munich and crystal malts. Bravo hops were used for bittering, while El Dorado—a new variety of hop with a minty, fruity profile—made it into the kettle and the whirlpool along with some Centennial. The beer was also dry hopped with Centennial and El Dorado. It was the first time either Mitch or Alexandra had ever brewed with El Dorado, making it as special for them as the folks at Celebrator Beer News.
This joint powers session beer, dubbed Drake’s/Stone Quarter Century of Issues Celebrator 25th Anniversary Pale Ale will be unveiled at The Brewing Networks’s Winter Brews Fest in Concord, California on January 26, released to select Drake’s accounts beginning January 28, and made available at selected Stone and Drake’s events during San Francisco Beer Week from February 8 to 17. Of course, it will also be poured at Celebrator Beer News’25th Anniversary Bash in Oakland, California on February 17.