Whether you’ve heard the story before or you’re new to the tradition, Stone & Wood invite you to join them for another year of storytelling under a starry winter sky, of standing around a campfire with their freshly brewed Stone Beer.
THE STONE BEER STORY
Every May since Stone & Wood began, alongside our friends in the brewing industry, we brew our woodfired porter Stone Beer in preparation for winter. This is called our Stone Brew Day.
We start by brewing a decadent porter with dark roasted malts to give coffee and dark chocolate flavours to the beer. Then, on an open fire, we heat volcanic stones sourced from the nearby hinterland, before lowering them glowing-red into the kettle, which lends smoky caramel notes to the beer. The moment the woodfired stones touch the wort with a loud hisss is a moment for celebration.
A month later, we tap Stone Beer at our annual Festival of the Stone – our biggest beer and music festival of the year where our community comes together to enjoy fresh beer, live music, food trucks and winter cheer.
THIS YEAR’S STONE BEER ONLY JUST MADE IT
Decadent and bold, Stone Beer is close to our hearts, so it was with great disappointment this year that, in response to COVID-19, we had to call both Stone Brew Day and Festival of the Stone off this year.
Additionally, with the period’s uncertainty, we also raised some initial questions about whether to brew Stone Beer at all.
Luckily, our founders Jamie, Brad and Ross couldn’t bear the idea of a year without Stone Beer, so we reigned in our resources and brewed Stone Beer 2020 in the face of all the mayhem, albeit in smaller volumes.
STONE BEER 2020 WITH ALL-AUSTRALIAN MALTS
This year, in a nod to our roots, Stone Beer 2020 is the first brewed with all-Australian malts, including a Red Gum-smoked malt that adds a subtle smokiness to the brew’s roasted barley, coffee and dark chocolate flavours.
A delicious woodfired dark porter with a firm bitter finish, Stone Beer 2020 is best paired with campfires, fresh air and cold starry nights. Cheers!
For more info, stockist or buy online – visit www.stoneandwood.com.au