What the Hell is Stone Bombastic Lager?

That’s the exact same question I asked our Lead Brewer (and infamous biofueler) John Egan after seeing the pompously named beer rear its head in various places, such as on the tap list for Southern California Storm and on the Stone Company Store’s growler fill schedule. So what’s the official word?

To sum it up, Stone Bombastic Lager is the beer left over from propagating the pilsner yeast we used in BrewDog / Cambridge / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner. What does that mean? Let me explain.

When we acquire new yeast to propogate (pilsner yeast in this case), we throw it in our yeast propagating tank, and over the course of a few days we continually add wort to “feed” it and facilitate yeast growth. To feed the pilsner yeast, we added Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, and Stone Imperial Russian Stout wort straight from the brewhouse into the yeast propogating tank over several days. Once we were confident that there was enough growth, we pumped the yeast off the bottom (lager yeast is bottom-fermenting) and sent it over to the fermenting tank to ferment the Collaboration brew. John then transferred the leftover beer into another tank, but before transferring it he had a spark of creativity and decided to add some crushed coriander, french oak chips, and “literally a handful” of chopped vanilla beans. It sat for about a week or so, and then we gassed it up and put it in kegs. There were no additional hops or malt added; it was just a blend of a few worts.

“As far as style goes, I have no idea,” said John. “It’s kind of a ‘suicide’ like we did as kids with our sodas; just a mix of whatever is available. It tastes like an ale to me, but it’s a lager—and a weird lager at that!” John added that the brew weighs in at 6.8% abv.

So there you have it. Now when you stumble across Stone Bombastic Lager on the tap list at Southern California Storm or on tap for growler fills in the Stone Company Store on May 15th and July 10th, you can wow your dumbfounded friends with your in-depth knowledge, complete with a healthy dose of bombast.

-Matt Steele

Stone is using Google Calendars, finally.

As the title of this post indicates, I’m not taking the point of view that we came up with something entirely new or that we’re by any stretch of the imagination ahead of the curve on this one. You guys have been hounding me for well over 12 months to put upcoming events and growler fills on Google so you could subscribe via your web calendars, calendar applications and wireless devices. Instead of the marvel of global syncing updating your calendars, you had to visit a static web page to find out what was going on. Well, it’s not that I didn’t see the importance of this, it was just hard to keep up with everything we were doing day to day without updating another system outside our website.

So hey, it should have been done a long time ago – but nonetheless, it’s here! You can now find calendars for our Growler Fills, Bistro Beer Lineup, Stone Special Release Dates and Special Events. You can subscribe to them all or pick and choose right here…


You can thank Matt Steele for plugging away to fill up those calendar dates and our Graphic Artist, Jen Knudson, for embedding it into our site (you’ll find it on our calendar event page and growler fill page to start). You’ll also find these events entered into Facebook, posted on Twitter and showing up on Flickr once they pass. If you find us behind the curve on other things, please let me know!