Friday, April 6, 2012

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard – The Stone Brewing Company – Escondido, CA

Just north of San Diego…lays the small town of Escondido, CA. And in this quaint California town you can find what is arguably one of the finest Craft Breweries in North America…The Stone Brewing Company. Few equal their approach to the brewing industry, as they continuously unveil new and exciting products, guaranteed to tingle the taste buds, and excite the senses. Tonight, we’re reviewing their Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I cannot remember the last time that I was disappointed by anything put out by Stone, so this one has plenty of promise. Here’s what the website has to say:


OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale

This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory --- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously...and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.

November 2004


12oz bottles and draft




A Brief History of Time...

• Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. (In the spot where our friends at Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey now call home!)
• First keg of Stone Pale Ale sold on July 26, 1996 to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame
• Arrogant Bastard Ale unleashed upon the world November 1, 1997
• Moved to our current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005
• Opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006
• Named "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine in 2008…AND 2009! "The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!"
• In December 2009, we published a formal Request For Proposal to evaluate potential sites for a brewhouse in Europe. We have narrowed the field from 79 different submitted locations (from nine different countries!) down to two—Berlin and Bruges—and hope to reach a final decision soon
• In May 2011, we unveiled huge local expansion plans, including Stone Company Store – South Park, Stone Farms, Stone Catering, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station (Fall 2012), and Stone Hotel (Early 2013)

One of the fastest growing breweries in America in the past fifteen years...

• INC 500 list two years in a row (2002 & 2003)
• San Diego Business Journal's "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" seven years in a row (2004-2010)
• Averaging 43% year-to-year growth over the past 15 years
• Currently distributed to 36 states (plus Washington, DC!), and a minute amount of our beer is exported to the UK, Sweden, Japan, and Singapore
• Now the 14th largest craft brewery in the United States (2011)

The brewery...

• 55,000 square feet and growing!
• 120 Bbl brewing system built by Rolec in Bavaria, Germany

Production Statistics - 1 Barrel (Bbl) = 31 gallons...

1996: 400 Bbls (1st keg sold 07/26/96)
1997: 2100 Bbls (118% increase) *
1998: 3926 Bbls (87% increase)
1999: 5848 Bbls (49% increase)
2000: 9342 Bbls (60% increase)
2001: 12,779 Bbls (37% increase)
2002: 18,450 Bbls (44% increase)
2003: 24,490 Bbls (33% increase)
2004: 32,159 Bbls (31% increase)
2005: 36,390 Bbls (13% increase)**
2006: 49,883 Bbls (37% increase)
2007: 67,841 Bbls (36% increase)
2008: 83,000 Bbls (22% increase)
2009: 98,500 Bbls (19% increase)
2010: 115,000 Bbls (17% increase)
2011: 148,686 Bbls (29% increase)
2012: 180,000 Bbls (projection)

* Note: 1996 barrelage was for the period of August-December 1996. Annualized barrelage for the year was 960, and that number was used to calculate the percentage increase of 118% between 1996 & 1997.

** We brewed at maximum capacity for our old brewery that year, then moved to our new brewery in December 2005.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens...

• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego.
• 8,500 square feet
• 1 acre beer garden
• Seating capacity of 385 (180 inside, 205 outside)
• 32 craft & specialty beers on tap, plus 100+ bottle selections
• Extensive wine list
• Food focuses on all-natural, organic, & local ingredients
• Alex Carballo, Executive Chef and "Dr." Bill Sysak, Beverage Supervisor
• Hosts special events like farm-to-table FRESH! Dinners, Beer U educational classes, Stone Late Night Movies, the wildly popular Master Pairings series, as well as beer festivals including Stone Sour Fest and Stone Oakquinox
• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: Liberty Station coming Fall 2012

Stone Farms...

• Located in North Escondido
• 19-acre farm
• Rescued after farm's management went out of business
• Growing pumpkins for Bruery/Elysian/Stone collaboration beer
• $50,000 initial investment
• 5 on-going jobs

Stone Company Store – South Park...

• 1,118 sq. ft.
• 14 tap growler & tasting station
• Stone merchandise available for sale
• 15-20,000 visitors expected in the first year
• $100,000 initial investment
• 6 on-going jobs

Selected Awards and Recognition

• Malt Advocate magazine's "Brewery of the Year" (2004 and 2005)
• BeerAdvocate magazine's "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth. The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!" (2008 and 2009)
• – "Stone Brewing is one of craft brewing's stars – one of the 10 best breweries in the world"
• Forbes – "Stone has America's Top Brewery Tour" (55,249 people toured our facility in 2011 alone!)
• Greg Koch is knighted by the Belgian Brewers Federation (2010)
• Greg Koch named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)
• Great American Beer Festival medals
• Silver Medal for Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (2000)
• Bronze Medal for Stone Pale Ale (2006)
• Gold Medal for Stone Levitation Ale (2007)
• Bronze Medal for Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (2010)
• Silver Medal for Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers (2010)
• Other festival wins
• Gold Medal for Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine at the World Beer Championships (2002)
• Gold Medal for Stone IPA at the Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival (2007)
• Gold Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Australian International Beer Awards (2007)
• Bronze Medal for Stone IPA at the Australian International Beer Awards (2007)
• Silver Medal for Stone Pale Ale at the European Beer Star Awards (2009)
• Silver Medal for Stone IPA at the European Beer Star Awards (2010)
• Gold Medal for Stone Smoked Porter at the Asia Beer Awards (2010)
• Silver Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Asia Beer Awards (2010)
• Silver Medal for Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards (2011)
• Silver Medal for Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Australian International Beer Awards (2011)

Environmental, Sustainable, and Philanthropic Efforts

• Our rooftop solar panels produce about 35% of the power for the brewery and our restaurant, preventing approximately 160 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually
• Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is the largest purchaser of local, organic produce in San Diego County
• Our Meatless Monday menu prevents 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually
• "Spent grain" that has been used in the brewing process is then repurposed as a mulching tool in our garden. The rest is used by local farmers as livestock feed, and as ingredients in locally made soaps and dog treats (creatively named Stone Bones)
• We do compost some of our kitchen waste, some for use in the garden and Stone Farms, and some to be picked up by our local farmers
• We are having two electric car charging stations installed in our parking lot to accommodate eco-minded drivers (including our CEO, who drives a Chevy Volt)
• Our water reclamation system prevents 30,000 gallons of wastewater from entering the sewer system each day
• Our new centrifuge helps us filter our beer with less waste, and increased our yield by over 5000 bbls last year
• Stone Distributing added its first hybrid delivery vehicle to its fleet of 28 bio-diesel trucks
• Over $1.5 million donated to charity, with the annual Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival responsible for raising over $1 million of that total
• In addition to financial donations, our in-kind support of local charities adds up quickly! In 2010 along, we donated a total of 7,190 case equivalents (about 1,044 kegs…or over $330,100 worth of beer) to 322 different charities
• Selected Awards and Recognition:
• San Diego North Chamber of Commerce's Above & Beyond Award (2008)
• Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Award (2008)
• Supervisor Pam Slater-Price's Sustainability Award (2009)
• California Center for Sustainable Energy's SANDEE Award (now the Energy All-Star) (2009)
• North County Philanthropy Council's Business of the Year award (2009)
• American Society of Landscape Architect's President's Award for the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (2009)
• City of Escondido Environmental Excellence Award (2010)



I was truly anticipating this one. Considering how good the original Bastard is, and how much the Double Bastard blew me away, I had high hopes for the Oaked variety. The pour was super clean, producing almost no head. This had no effect on the aroma being released, only that it held for such a short time. The taste however is the true symphony. We’re talking bitterness, and Hops enveloped in a Smokey taste and feel. You can almost feel the oak character wash over your palate. The only downside is that the finish is a little dry, but this is barely noticeable, as the clean, not overly alcoholic brew, washes over you.


9.5/10 – Smokey and Oakey

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful beer. Always been one of my favorites!