In 2003 Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head, founder), Bill Covaleski (Victory, co-founder) and Greg Koch (Stone, co-founder) formed an ad hoc coalition they dubbed Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor (BUFF) with the goal of drawing attention to the craft beer revolution. While it’s hard to fathom today, in 2003 the mainstream media gave scant notice to craft beer, and it was the three brothers of BUFF’s goal to change that by driving awareness for quality, flavorful beers.
Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF is ready to be enjoyed fresh or may be stored at proper cellaring temperatures (55°F or lower). Regardless of when the beer is enjoyed, fans are encouraged to celebrate all craft brewers who continue to brew in the good fight for the freedom of flavor!
Name: Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF
Stats: 6.8% ABV 52 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and draft, beginning March 7
Hop Varieties: Centennial & Citra
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA and WA
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com
provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful pale gold with a white head of foam.
Aroma: Pronounced herbal characters, a wonderful blend of sage, lemon thyme, rosemary. It has some very pleasant citrusy notes, perhaps from the lemon thyme and dry hop with Citra. And the Belgian yeast strain contributes low-level banana esters and a hint of clove.
Taste: The taste starts with the herbal blend in the forefront, and then is backed by a clean malt balance and a very nice citrus and tropical fruit-influenced finish. The finish has a substantial, but balanced hop bitterness and hop flavor.
Overall: This is the third time we’ve brewed this recipe here at Stone Brewing. Each batch has been brewed with unconventional, locally sourced ingredients and follows the original 2010 recipe for inspiration. When all of the ingredients are combined, it makes for a very dry, unique-tasting beer with a nice refreshing quality…making it perfect for this time of year!
provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador "Dr." Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Crab cakes, grilled shrimp, curried cashews, hummus
Entrees: Pad Thai, roasted chicken, grilled salmon, Caesar salad, tikka masala
Cheeses: Bloomy-rind goat's milk cheeses, such as Bucharondin or Humboldt Fog
Desserts: Lemon bars, apple turnover, key lime pie
Cigars: AVO 787 Piramides, Macanudo Gold Label Tudor, Arturo Fuente 858 Candela, Montecristo #2
About Stone Brewing
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” byBeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram,Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.