Release "Bear Republic ⁄ Fat Head’s ⁄ Stone TBA" Stone Collaboration Beer Revisits Texas Brown Ale

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  1. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,408) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    This should be hitting shelves towards the end of February.. looks very interesting and par for the course w/ what all three breweries focus on.. hops..

    BTW, Is this the same Texas Brown Ale that Fat Head's has had on-tap a few times the past few months?

    "Abv 7.1%
    IBU: 81
    Malts: Pale 2-Row, Crystal 60, Toasted Wheat, Victory, Chocolate
    Adjuncts: Brown Sugar and Molasses
    Hops: Bravo, Columbus, Cascade, Brewer’s Gold"
  2. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Hopefully this is good. Some of the recent collabs have been pretty meh.
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  3. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Aspirant (223) Jan 14, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I had the Texas Brown Ale at Fathead's in December and actually took and saved the beer menu from that day. Yes I am a geek.

    Biscuit, Caramel, &Chocolate Malts
    Chinook and Cascade Hops
    ABV: 7.3

    So its a pretty different beer. Fathead's original was outstanding. It was my favorite beer of the night and they had a great lineup.

    The collaboration should be stellar.
  4. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,313) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Most likely never going to see it since the last release I even saw was the cherry stout and even that was kind of jacked up at more than 4+ dollars a bottle. Love how some places will charge 7-9 dollars just because it's a limited collab.
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Interesting. The collabs run around $2.99 here.
  6. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,093) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Here is the official press release:

    Escondido, CA (February 27th, 2012) - Stone Brewing Co. is releasing its first collaboration beer of 2012—dubbed “Bear Republic ⁄ Fat Head’s ⁄ Stone TBA”—which begins rolling out to select regions today.

    This particular beer pays homage to a relatively little–known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, strangely enough, has its roots in California. It originated as a hopped up version of a brown ale recipe, and it got pretty popular with a group of NorCal homebrewers in the early 1980s.

    “These California guys were tweaking an English-style brown,” explains Matt Cole, Head Brewer of Fat Head’s Brewery. “They added some Crystal and Chocolate malts, and supercharged it with a bunch of Cascade hops to get a bigger version with more hop forward aromas and flavors.”

    While delicious, these beers failed to fare well in homebrew competitions, since there was no recognized category they could be entered in. They were far too hoppy and bitter to be considered a traditional brown ale. But when a competition in Houston, TX, accepted entries for what they named the “California Dark” category, the American Homebrewers Association followed suit soon after, though they perplexingly changed the name to Texas Brown Ale.

    “Bear Republic ⁄ Fat Head’s ⁄ Stone TBA” revisits this uncommon style, incorporating a few new twists. “Everyone got to add elements that they feel are special to them for that style of beer,” notes Richard Norgrove, Jr., Brewmaster at Bear Republic Brewing Co., who added brown sugar and molasses to the recipe for added complexity. “That’s what’s cool about collaborations. You get to work with two other brewers you respect, and you all have different thoughts and ideas on how to make a great beer together.”

    “Collaborations give us a chance to get really creative,” adds Mitch Steele, Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co. “We get to make a beer that we otherwise wouldn’t normally brew.”
    Bear Republic ⁄ Fat Head’s ⁄ Stone TBA
    Stats: 7.1% abv, 81 IBUs
    Availability: Limited 12oz bottles & draft, beginning February 27th
    Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA
    Malts: Pale 2–Row, Crystal 60, Toasted Wheat, Victory, and Chocolate Malt
    Hops: Bravo, Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, and Columbus
    Twitter hashtag: #stonecollab
    Our other Collaboration Beers: Stone Collaborations
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  7. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Cant wait to try and get my hands on this!

    Is it going to be widely available in the states it is available in? Or is it going to be very limited?

    And does anyone know where to get a glass from the video? (9seconds in) Their Old Guardian glass looks like it but i dont want branded glass (unless it said TBA on it :slight_smile: )
  8. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    These collabs are usually plentiful in California to the point that they sit on the shelf for months. I am not too sure how other states are.
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  9. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Thanks man!

    I am optimistic now. There are some 2011 Guardians chillin at one of my stores still
  10. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    Anyone know if its in Houston yet?
  11. rmaste6282

    rmaste6282 Aspirant (206) Apr 30, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    It is really good, get it while it is fresh. Hop aroma is great in this beer.
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  12. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Called two places in Illinois. One place was out already and the other hasnt gotten any in yet.

    How wide is distribution to the states they are shipping to? Usual places that they ship to or is it limited?
  13. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California
  14. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Texas might get this, if it does, it will be in a few months... had the more black than brown in SC in Oct. or Nov. got to texas in what January, Feb?
  15. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    ^^Thanks. But is it a limited release to only certain stores in those states? Or all their stores they distribute to?

    Im guessing im f*cked lol
  16. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Just checked a couple places near me. Ill have to grab one. Gotten all the others.

  17. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    Anyone know if it will hit Houston?
  18. DPMomutant

    DPMomutant Devotee (460) Feb 10, 2004 Missouri

    Yeah the MO Stone rep says no go. I guess everything doesn't mean everything....
  19. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Initiate (174) Dec 28, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    It's listed to be distributed in texas. We just have to wait for tabc to approve the label.
  20. eorwar

    eorwar Aspirant (290) Jan 11, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Did anyone ever see this in Chicago? I have been looking since I got the release email form Stone in February and have not seen one bottle. Strange thing is I saw others like Celeste and More Brown Than Black in abundance for months after their release. Weird.
  21. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    This one just showed up in Colorado Springs (not sure if it came to Denver earlier) and we had plenty of Celeste and More Brown than Black before it. So if you got the other collabs I would think you would get this one.
  22. KPunks

    KPunks Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012

    Hopefully i can find this somewhere in the Philly area.
  23. Advocate_Ames

    Advocate_Ames Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I went into my local Fatheads (Pitt, Pa) not expecting much. I walked out with an over priced 6-pack of the tba & a jug of the fathead's headhunter IPA. I got to say I really enjoyed both. The headhunter is superior but both are very much worth it. As for the tba I was impressed. I view the majority of collaborations as being full of hype. The tba stands its ground from my judgement.

    It's a real good beer. It smells of hops. It tastes of hops with bitter sweet sensation. It leaves a simple hop after taste that won't overwhelm you. A must try for any hophead.
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  24. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (335) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I picked up 2 bottles at Maria's in Bridgeport last wk. They still had some on the shelf @3.99/12oz btl
  25. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    4 bottles left on the shelf at Binny's SL when I grabbed 1 last night. Insanely hoppy :slight_smile:
  26. eorwar

    eorwar Aspirant (290) Jan 11, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Thanks guys for the heads up! I'll check them out!
  27. WVbeergeek

    WVbeergeek Poo-Bah (4,692) Sep 24, 2002 West Virginia

    I love to see Matt Cole getting some exposure, great brewer, Fathead's are making damn good beers...I've heard rumors of a canning line as well. Headhunter in cans here I come. TBA was great.

    BTW, Vintage Estates in Boardman Ohio has both of these on tap currently.
  28. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    One of the better collaborations. Wish I'd grabbed a few more!
  29. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Another bottle limit has led me to only getting one...if it is good I'm going to be pissed.
  30. beerFool28607

    beerFool28607 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 North Carolina

    It was decent but pretty much every stout/ipa coctail I've made was tastier.
  31. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    Still never saw in houston, Hanzo your in every post even though I don't know where your from. Any idea if it was already released and I missed it
  32. Miltown04

    Miltown04 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2007 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Got my bottle at Capones Liquor off of Addison (?) on a random beer run less than two weeks ago... $4 ea and there were at least a dozen left. I know it's been a while since this original post but figured I'd give a heads up in case you didn't find any in Chicago. Perhaps I should've gotten more...
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