Hop on the next northbound Amtrak to Los Angeles’ Union Station, then catch the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena, with the Del Mar Station being your final destination. From there, go directly to the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, where you can enjoy Stone’s latest offerings, including the politically charged I’m Peach Double IPA.
Since 1996, when Greg Koch and Steve Wagner teamed together to brew the first Stone Pale Ale, the crew there has put out extraordinary hop bombs. I’m Peach Double IPA is not the typical hop-forward IPA Stone is famous for, but it is the most obvious troll brew since 5 Rabbit Cerveceria of Xicago released Chinga Tu Pelo in 2016.
At 8.8 percent ABV, this smooth-drinking brew is aamong the sweeter double IPAs, though the Mosaic hops add some bite while the Loral hops lend a berry finish. It’s aromatically complex, yet approachable. This is a limited release and won’t be available at any retail locations until May 7, so you’ll need to take that train trip. Enjoy the view!
Stone Company Store, 220 S. Raymond, Ste. 103, Pasadena, (626) 440-7243; www.stonebrewing.com.