Greg Koch, head honcho and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., is bringing his Total Tap Takeover Tour to Boise. It's your chance to meet the man, the myth, the legend, while you taste through his amazing lineup of brews. Things kick off at the Boise Co-op Wine Shop Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4:30-6 p.m., when Matt Gelsthorpe will offer samples of six rare and vintage Stone brews. No Koch at this one.
Things really heat up Friday, Sept. 14, at Bittercreek Ale House. It's the first of two tap takeovers, with 30-plus Stone kegs for sampling enjoyment. The party starts a 7 p.m.
If you can't make that event, there will be a reprise Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 6 p.m. at Bier:Thirty in Bown Crossing with 20 Stone taps. Koch will be at both locations.
Also on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. across Ninth Street from Boise Co-op, you can get a copy of Koch's book, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes and Unabashed Arrogance, as well as sample
rare Stone bottles. In the meantime, here's my take on a special Stone 22-ounce bomber:
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
This brew is an orange-tinted, bright amber pour with a light tan head that leaves a good lacing. Meyer lemon colors the nose, backed by citrus zest, light hops and a touch of rye. Beautifully balanced on the palate, this beer has more creamy malt than you might expect, along with fresh citrus and smooth hops that turn nicely bitter on the finish.