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Rick and Robbie’s Spröcketbier brewed by Stone Brewing

Spröcketbier  brewed by Stone Brewing in Escondido, California

Rick and Robbie’s Spröcketbier is the first ever winner of the Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition. A black rye Kölsch-style ale, it arose victorious over 18 other impressive entries ranging from barrel-aged stouts to fruit-laced sour beers and nearly everything in-between. A uniquely dark spin on this traditionally light-bodied German beer style, Spröcketbier delivers mild roast, effervescence and floral yeast presence in tremendously balanced form with the high level of drinkability that is the Kölsch style’s hallmark. Look for it on draft and in bottles in select markets throughout the country, along with the duo that created it, Quality Production Assurance Lead Rick Blankemeier and Production Warehouse Lead Robbie Chandler.


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Spröcketbier Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance - Poured slow with no head, so upped the vigor and before I new a massive tan 3.5 finger head formed. Body is absolutely opaque, dark as the darkest RIS. Head was thick and creamy, took a while to dissipate. Left a good amount, atleast .5 finger the whole time, tons of sticky lacing... this looks amazing.

Aroma - Aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, big malt notes, bready, toasted almond, peppery yeast. slight piney hops notes.

Taste - Taste was surprisingly great deluge of porter and kolsch style. It has a porter like malt taste, with tons or roasted barley, smoke, chocolate, even some coffee grinds, but also has a light crisp kolsch-esque malt body in mix... this really melds well. Hops take a back seat but are very prevalent, nice piney up front and very bitter in the back, but not too bitter.. the roasted barley taste lingers long after the sip making me want more

Mouthfeel - This poured thick, but didnt feel too thick, what I would expect for carbonation for the style, finish is crisp but slightly on the sweet side.

Overall - This has a ton of flavor for 5.4%, and is very crushable. The appearance is amazing, the head never completely dissipated for me and always was present. I don't get much of the rye flavor, maybe in some of the sweetness. Great beer all around.


Stone History
Stone Brewing opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013 the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, a 8,500-square-foot  restaurant with a large outdoor patio and 1 acre of gardens. The brewery also houses a Stone Company Store which sells Stone merchandise as well as 1- and 2-liter growlers that can be filled with Stone's nine year-round beers and special releases.

In May 2013 a second Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens opened in the Liberty Station development in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. The 23,500-square-foot facility cost $8 million and can seat 700 patrons. In 2013 Stone opened a location in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport.

In addition to the locations at Escondido and Liberty Station, there are Stone Company Stores in Oceanside, South Park, Pasadena, and San Diego on Kettner. The stores sell beer in bottles, kegs and growlers.  Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido.
In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.




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