Sunday June 28th, 2009 was the monthly meeting for the Drought Board 15 at the Gaslight. The meeting was billed as Dennis Flynn’s, representative of the famed Stone Brewery, only beer club presentation in NJ this year. Stone Brewing is known for the aggressive Arrogant Bastard Ale and they usually get decent ratings from beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com.
This meeting, though, Stone Brewery was a real let down. If I were new to Stone Brewery’s beer, I would have not been sold at all. As one of the people at the table said (@RICHDIGI on twitter) “My experience…. Not as good as Brooklyn’s (Brooklyn’s Brewery’s Visit to the DB15)… I’m not afraid. Presentation is 80% of the sale. Nuff said”
Stone Brewers beer tasting was a disappointment. First of all Mr. Flynn was an hour late. In this day of GPS’s that should not happen. We were basically given a piss poor presentation on Stone Brewery. Four of the beers, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and 13th Anniversary Ale, were to be had in the worse way possible, plastic Dixie cups. Horrible! As another person at my table put it (@SimplyBeer on twitter) “WTF, were tasting out of Dixie cup. Levitation ale tasted like plastic. http://twitpic.com/8p2kd”
Stone Brewery left a lot of dissatisfied, disenchanted people behind. Mr. Flynn did not bring enough beer. Not one person had a full glass worth of beer at a beer meeting. One ounce is not a proper amount to suitably sample a beer for a suitable understanding.
At the end of the meeting I went down to the Bar at the Gaslight and had Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale, that was a good beer.