In the past several weeks, Stone Brewing Co. has announced the death of several of the brewery's most beloved ales. Here, we remember the beers that were.
Stone Levitation, 12
Levitation Amber Ale was a rebel throughout its life, proudly defying the notions that low-alcohol beers lack flavor and depth or that every Stone beer be tongue-blastingly bitter. The plucky, 4.4 percent ABV brew beat the odds for many years, but alas, changing tastes on the part of consumers led to declining sales and Levitation's last bottling occurred in late February. Its ability to pack flavor into a low-gravity format is survived by distant relative, Stone Go To IPA.
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, 7
Born in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, Sublimely Self Righteous was surrounded its entire life by controversy that stemmed mainly from what to call it. Was it a black IPA? A Cascadian Dark Ale? An American Black Ale? A hoppy porter? While drinkers never could decide on SSR's style, most were in agreement that it delivered 90 IBUs of resinous, American-style hoppiness in a deliciously roasty and deliciously dark package. Sublimely Self Righteous' final run will take place in April, but its spirit will live on in periodic releases of future Stone brew, Enjoy By Black IPA.