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    Aleman – Two Brothers – Stone DayMan Coffee IPA to be Released March 18

    On March 18, Stone Brewing Co. will release its first collaboration beer of 2013: Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA. Conceptualized by Jim dayman_coffee_ipalMoorehouse, Brad Zeller, and Nate Albrecht of Aleman, the recipe formulation and brewing also featured collaborators Greg Koch and Mitch Steele of Stone, as well as Jason and Jim Ebel, co-founders of Chicago’s Two Brothers Brewing Company. The resulting beer marries the unique fruity botanical taste of a hoppy IPA, with the roasted flavor and aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

    DayMan was the winning beer at Iron Brew held last August in Chicago, as decided by judges Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, author and beer expert Randy Mosher, and Two Brothers co-founder Jason Ebel. Chicago chef, Won Kim, and Stone Illinois Regional Brewery Representative Aaron Tyrell organized the competition to highlight the exciting and creative homebrewing talent being fostered in the Windy City. Aleman, a trio of homebrewers who are in the process of opening a Chicago brewpub, entered DayMan in the competition, vying for the opportunity to brew the beer at Stone and have it bottled and distributed in 21 states.

    According to the judging panel, Aleman’s IPA was the clear winner because of its innovation and intriguing flavor combinations. When asked how a coffee IPA stood out despite a highly competitive field of entrants, Jason Ebel said, “The big thing was that when you think of coffee beer, you think of dark beer. The light color and hoppy flavor intrigued us – it was very exciting to see something different.”

    From the start, Aleman’s inspiration was to make a beer that was not an everyday style. “Hops and coffee can play the same role in beer. They add bitterness. We’d sampled one other coffee IPA, but it wasn’t what we wanted out of a beer like that. What we were looking to create was something light, refreshing and crisp—the perfect brunch beer,” said Jim Moorehouse of Aleman.

    To achieve the perfect flavor combination, they used a lightly roasted yet immensely flavorful blend of coffee. “Aleman wanted a lighter roast, so we knew our Two Brothers Coffee Roasters Brew House Blend of Ethiopian, Guatemalan and Sumatran coffee would work best,” said Jason Ebel. “The coffee is roasted lighter and we get deep stone fruit and a nutty character from the beans. The latter brings on subtle coffee flavors while the former works well with the hops.”

    The brewers who collaborated to create Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA will participate in both pre- and public release celebrations in the Chicagoland area:

    March 17 from 1 to 5 p.m.
    Two Brothers Brewery Tap Room30W315 Calumet Avenue, Warrenville, IL 60555
    Jason and Jim Ebel, Greg Koch, Two Brothers Coffee Roasters’ Master Coffee Roaster Mason Brown, and the brewers of Aleman will participate in a bottle signing event. Guests will have the opportunity to try the beer before it’s released nationally.

    March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Hopleaf Bar5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
    Jason and Jim Ebel, Greg Koch, Two Brothers Coffee Roasters’ Master Coffee Roaster Mason Brown, and the Aleman brewers will celebrate the national release of the beer. Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA and Stone Brewing Co. year-round release beers will be on tap.

    Name: Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA
    URL: http://www.stonebrewing.com/collab/

    Stats: 8.7% ABV, 42 IBUs
    Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning March 18
    Hops bill: Cascade and Citra
    Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, MD, MA, MO, NC, NM, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, and WA

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