ACBW Event: Stillwater Flight Night, May 14
There are few things better than a beautifully made Saison on a warm, Alabama evening, so why not have an ACBW event celebrating the nuances of this wonderful beer style? The folks at Stillwater Artisanal, a gypsy brewing operation founded by Baltimore’s Brian Strumke, have been doing amazing things with Saison/Farmhouse style offerings since 2010, and that makes them a natural fit to showcase in this Saison-themed Flight Night. For this event, we will be featuring the following four Stillwater offerings in a flight for just $8:
- Classique – A postmodern deconstruction of the American industrial lager made with naughty ingredients like corn and rice, completed with pilsner malt and lots of your favorite old-school American hops and farmhouse ale yeast.. “your Grandfather’s new beer”.
- Existent – Represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define.
- Of Love & Regret – For the first edition of the Stillwater Import Series I traveled to the village of Beerzel, located in the Antwerp province of Belgium. Here I teamed up with brewmaster Jef Goetelen to craft an authentic Belgian version of my liquid interpretation of the Spring season. A recipe originally contrived a few years prior as a collaboration brew with my good friend Paul Kretzer. The base is German barley & wheat, with a touch of Belgian aromatic; accented with grassy hops and an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion). Like a fresh meadow in spring.
- Stateside Saison – Pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.
If you are a fan of Saisons at all, you are not going to want to miss out on this event because the idea of these four offerings being available for just $8 is simply ridiculous. You are not going to find a cheaper way to enjoy these delicious brews, so mark your calendars now and we’ll see you on Thursday!