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  1. ELLIOT
    July 19, 2022 @ 8:28 am

    Stone was certainly my introduction to craft beer (or at least that’s how I remember it) and helped set me on the path to make me the homebrewer, hop head, and beer nerd I am today. I still recall my first experiences with Arrogant Bastard and Stone Smoked Porter. It’s likely I’d have discovered good beer eventually, but the marketing struck the right cord with me at the time and I was in. I’ve continued to enjoy their offerings through the years and there’s a number of their brews I’d be delighted to be able to recreate or use for inspiration. I hope they manage to retain the great, shed the not so great, and continue to forge ahead and break new rules.

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  2. Scott Bauer
    July 16, 2022 @ 9:24 pm

    Being in California I’m unsure about how widely they were distributed in the late 90’s, early ought, but I’m thinking Mendocino Brewing and Pyramid might have been fairly available back then.

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  3. John Neighbors
    July 15, 2022 @ 8:14 pm

    Spot on. Hugh influence on the industry no question. Still making great and inventive beers. Let’s hope Sapporo doesn’t impinge on the future of the creativity we have known over the past.

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  4. Tim D
    July 15, 2022 @ 7:09 pm

    Not the end of the world. Stone had a great run. If they continue to make food beers, great. If not, you’ll have thousands of options.

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  5. Robert
    July 15, 2022 @ 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the even-handed look at Stone’s contributions.Sure they were jerky at times and uneven in quality at the end, but they turned millions on to the potential of beer to be more interesting than it had ever been on the mass market. Steve and Greg took crazy risks and we all benefitted.

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  6. Ray
    July 15, 2022 @ 10:50 am

    They gave breweries the road map of how to do it and how to not do it. Much like a recipe all you gotta do is follow it and make adjustments to make it your own.

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