Breweries "Visited"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beer 59: Mikkeller, Stillwater. Stillwater, Mikkeller. How Do You Do?

Tonight we open a big bottle of a collaboration between Mikkeller and Stillwater -- two gypsy brewers who happened to, independent of knowledge of the other, name their first creations Stateside.  The idea of living life as a gypsy brewer is fascinating.  Do what you love while traveling the world meeting other beer lovers and making some of the most unique brews out there?  How do you not want to quit your day job, pack your bags and hit the road right now?

Mikkel Borg Bjergso and Brian "Stillwater" Strumke later merged their Stateside recipes into a new product that goes by Two Gypsies Our Side.  I haven’t yet had the pleasure of trying any of Mikkeller’s other brews but having tried Stillwater’s Stateside, I knew I would definitely like at least half of this one.  (Review here.)  Trust me, this is collaboration at its finest.  I am going to be on the lookout for anything and everything Mikkeller does and that goes without saying when it comes to Stillwater.

After a few nights off, the tulip glass was back in business.  This one poured with a frothy thick head.  The smell gave off a funky farmhouse yeast fragrance.  There is lots of lemon as well.  Tasting let the citrus shine through and it was tart but not very dry.  I could swear I tasted hints of chardonnay too.  There was a pepper kick to the finish and something green and grassy.  (Grassy…not gassy!)

Overall this is a very good beer.  Cheers!

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