Mitch Steele- The Hop Tripper

Mitch Steele is the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA and is also the author of the Brewing Publications book: IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.

An avid craft beer fan and an unabashed IPA lover, Mitch will share his experiences in brewing from the very early days of craft brewing to what’s happening now, will post anecdotes related to his experience writing the book on IPA, and will share his excitement for this amazing period in brewing history.

Twitter:  @mitchatstone




15 thoughts on “Mitch Steele- The Hop Tripper

  1. Garret Smyth


    I was made aware of your web site the day before yesterday. The reason being that you have a picture of me on it . Well, to be more accurate, a picture of my car in the Thames on Christmas Day. By coincidence, that evening I was having a drink in a local pub. What should I see but Double IPA! It’s a Wetherspoon’s pub and it was your 8.5% beer. As I recognised it from your web site, I gave it a try. It is DELICIOUS! I’ll be having some more tonight.

    An odd coincidence and a lovely beer. Thank you!

    Garret Smyth

    1. mitchsteele Post author

      Hi Garret: Thank you for the nice comments on our beer, I’m glad you liked it! Seeing your car in the Thames was a definite highlight of the tour boat ride for me and my family! It looked like a lot of fun!-Mitch

  2. Tom Marrie

    I live in the town of Warwick NY where in the 1890’s there was a company the Isaiah Bunn Riverside Bottling Company that bottled Ballantine Beer. I have about a dozen of bottles from that bottling plant and as a home brewer and a board member of the Jockey Hollow Brewers Guild am interested in finding the recipe they would have used and the yest strain. My plan is to make a batch as a club and bottle it in those original bottles while helping out our historical society. I would be glad to send you a picture of one of the bottles with an original label attached. The label is Export Beer Ballantine and Co.

    1. mitchsteele Post author

      Tom, thanks for the note. Would love to see a photo of the bottles. That’s some pretty cool stuff. For the yeast strain, it is rumored to be the same yeast Sierra Nevada uses-WL001 or Wyeast 1056 would be what I would try. I included two recipes in my book, one reputed to be an early version, and then a later version after several buyouts and ensuing recipe changes.

  3. Jennifer B.


    I am greatly looking forward to your visit to the Capital Ale House in Downtown Richmond, Virgina this Wednesday, February 25th! I reserved a 20-person table for the Richmond Beer Lovers group and would love for you to stop by and chat after your talk. We are all very excited that Richmond was chosen as Stone’s east coast operations location! See you soon!

    Thank you!

    1. mitchsteele Post author

      Hi Jennifer, just saw this….It’s been a while since I’v been on this site. What a great event at Capital Ale House…We are excited too-planning on being back the first week in May. Cheers, Mitch

  4. Daniel Weissenborn

    Just finished reading your IPA book. Have some questions of IBUs for some of the recipes. Not sure If I should post here or if there is a better place to do so?

  5. Kaila

    Hi Mitch,

    Just thought I’d drop by and let you know that I’m hosting a massive giveaway as part of my site launch. As a fellow beer blogger and craft beer lover, I just wanted to give you a heads up about the site launch and giveaway.

    You may want to feature it on your blog or simply share it on facebook or twitter. Just thought you & your readers might enjoy it!

    Keep up the awesome work at


  6. rl reeves jr

    I work as a bartender at Courtyard Brewery in New Orleans and I have a question for you. What constitutes a well-poured beer? I’m writing an article for (my food blog) and would like to include your response. I always pour with 2-3 fingers of head and we use appropriate glassware. RL Reeves Jr

  7. Anthony


    I thought your most recent post, “Craft Beer Sales At An All Time-High . . . And Why This Could Be Scary” was excellent. What are your thoughts on Ballast Point’s pending IPO.

    Also, Stone did something innovative and wonderful with its crowd-funding campaign for the new brewery in Germany. Do you think this could save other local breweries with loyal fans?

  8. Rob

    While doing a little research on Bass Ale I came across your posts. On my mothers side of my family my great great grandfather was a brew master for Bass at Burton on Trent in the mid 1800’s. And yes, it is sad that Bass is no longer the beer it was when my great great grandfather was making beer. His name is in what might be the Bass Hall of Fame as is some of his artwork, something else he dabbled in (and was very good at). Last name was Boden if you care to look him up.
    I was aware the brewery was no longer on it’s own and had been brought under the roof of big beverage. But I still have a place in my ‘fridge for some Bass Ale. It often shares space with different brew from Stone. It was nice to see you include the Bass name when describing some of the influences that have made Stone one of the cornerstones of microbrew and IPA production.
    My son lives in Carlsbad and we come out to the brewery there in Escondido to fill his growler whenever I visit him. I’ll stop by sometime later this year again to enjoy lunch and sample some of the brew.

  9. Ben Howe

    Hey Mitch,

    I’m a brewer from Boston currently working at a farmhouse brewery in rural Denmark. I have an odd question concerning hop utilization and temperature I’m trying to get to the bottom of. I’ve run it past my former brewing professor and some other US and Euro brewers, but I figure you’re the logical guy to ask, given your areas of expertise. If you have the time or the inclination I’d love to get your thoughts.

    Thanks very much! Congratulations on your big move.


    Ben Howe
    Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri & Enlightenment Ales

  10. Bart Sasso

    Hi Mitch,

    Just saw this article on Eater announcing the new brewpub in Atlanta that you’ll be involved with.
    Wanted to reach out a offer our Creative Services should you be interested in working with a local team. We specialize in identity and branding and work with a great many food and beverage companies in the Atlanta area. We’re very involved in the Atlanta beer scene and are longtime fans of your work with Stone.

    Feel free to take a look at our site and if you and your partners are interested in a discussion, you can reach me at the supplied email.

    Thanks so much, congrats not the new venture, and welcome to Atlanta!


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