Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., launched Stone Features & Benefits IPA, a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, gluten-reduced and low alcohol-by-volume beer.

Making a beer to meet the features of Stone Features & Benefits IPA was not easy, the company says. Trial after trial, less-than-perfect attempts gave way to lessons learned, new discoveries and, ultimately, Stone Features & Benefits IPA. A sessionable brew, Stone Features & Benefits IPA is light bodied and crisp with orange, pear, white peach and melon hop character, the company says.

"We knew that making a vibrant, full-bodied IPA that's this low in calories, carbs and alcohol was going to be a huge challenge," said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing senior manager of brewing and innovation, in a statement. "Calories and carbs contribute a lot to the things we like in food and beer. But we weren't willing to just water down an IPA and call it a day. So, we went through countless iterations, mixing up the process and engaging in fermentation experimentation techniques. Even when we thought we'd landed it, we went back once more, working to make it even better. It became an all-company effort with our brewers here in Escondido, in Richmond, VA and our Innovation Teams at the Stone World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station and Stone Brewing Napa all pooling our expertise to get this done to Stone's standards."

Containing 95 calories and 2.9 grams of carbohydrates, the gluten-reduced beer has a 4 percent alcohol by volume.

Stone Features & Benefits IPA joins Stone Delicious IPA in the brewery's offerings of gluten-reduced beers. Both gluten-reduced beers are now available nationwide.