Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans now available in Boise

The much anticipated Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla beans should be in your favorite craft beer store this week if it hasn’t shown up already.

The summer of 2012 feels like the summer of Stone, doesn’t it? The buzz over the vanilla bean porter is palatable in town, especially for anyone who has tried it at a festival or something (I had a glass at the R&R Public House a few months ago) and knows how the mad beer scientists at Stone deftly balanced vanilla flavors with the malt roast of the regular porter, which is a world class beer.

It’s unclear if the Stone Smoked Porter with chipotle peppers will be making it to the Treasure Valley anytime soon, although local retailers tell me it is supposed to show up some time this summer.

Stone is asking drinkers to share comments on their website to help them figure out if either, or both, beers should become part of the regular rotation. I haven’t had the chipotle, but I can vouch for the vanilla. It’s excellent. It also comes in 12-ounce bottles, which is good for a beer town like this.

I bought several bottles at Brewer’s Haven, 1795 S. Vista Ave., Monday morning ($2.75 a bottle). Supplies are limited, so if you want some, don't wait to get some. The fine folks at Brewer’s Haven told me they have several cases.

I know that Bier:Thirty in Bown Crossing and Brewforia in Meridian also had the vanilla porter in stock Monday afternoon. The Boise Co-Op is expecting an order later this week.

Stone freaks will also be thrilled to know the much anticipated Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA should be showing up in the Treasure Valley by early next week at your favorite beer store. Brewer’s Haven is having a Ruination 10 Anniversary release party from 7-to-9 p.m. on Thursday, so if you want to be among to the first to try what Stone is describing as “the homage to the almighty hop,” be sure to make it.

The only place in town you will be able to buy a draught of the Ruination 10 Anniversary is at Bier:Thirty, which won a contest to be the only bar in the Treasure Valley to get a keg. The Bier:Thirty folks expect to tap that by Monday night or early Tuesday, so if you want a fresh draught, get there asap.