Stone Brewing has announced the release of Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA. The stunningly delicious new double IPA creation is not named for its terrifyingly bold flavors or its Hollywood-worthy cast of brewers. No, it’s named after a 3m x 3m square in Stone’s Richmond, VA brewery with three words painted on it. What three words? Exactly! For the uninitiated, that’s what3words, a global addressing system that brings locators to the previously difficult to locate locations around the world. Literally. As in, more than three trillion of them.
Inspired by the massive potential for positive impact of this system, Stone named this beer after a three-meter square smack dab in the middle of the brewery in which the recipe was created. What’s more, this new release is Stone Brewing – Richmond’s first year-round release and currently exclusive to the East Coast. The old adage, “location, location, location” has never been more apropos, as location is at the heart of the beer’s name, and the beer’s name is quite literally at the heart of the location.
“We’re supporting the what3words convention because we think it’s cool, and we see the significant social good in it,” said Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder Greg Koch. “We’re early adopters of the convention, and while companies like GPS company TomTom, and Mercedes, also believe that what3words is onto something big, we’re the first ones to use the convention to name a beer. In the not-so-distant future you’ll be able to use what3words to get beer delivered to you wherever you are, or to verbally tell your self-driving car to take you to the beer. In the meantime, we can relax and enjoy a Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA and dream about the world of the future.”
“Not being able to meet up and have a beer with friends at a concert, a tailgate, or picnic can be really frustrating,” added Chris Sheldrick, what3words co-founder & CEO. “We are honoured that Stone Brewing have crafted this lovely double IPA and named it using our system, helping to raise awareness of the positive impact it can have. Now ‘where shall we meet for a beer?’ can be solved with 3 simple words!”
Fittingly, Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA takes the East Coast inspiration of an unfiltered IPA, but spares any predictability beyond its lack of filtration. It’s amped up to 8.5% ABV with a noticeably West Coast-influenced bitterness, and tactfully balanced Richmond-style finish. The aroma provides a juicy bounty of fresh fruit and fresh hops. Its fresh-squeezed juice flavors include a hint of white sage and pair beautifully with sweet, salty and tangy dishes like Pad Thai noodles, Hawaiian Fried Rice or Prosciutto-wrapped melon.
Available in 16oz cans and on draft, the unfiltered Double IPA will be brewed only in Richmond, VA, and year-round distribution will be focused exclusively across the Eastern seaboard.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 8th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company was the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate its own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. In 2018, Stone opened Stone Brewing – Napa in the heart of California’s wine country. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging never, ever, sell out to the man.