Stillwater Artisanal Ales' Brian Strumke gets national attention, last keg of new brew now at Pratt Street Ale House
Stillwater Artisanal Ale's "Requisite" has long been gone. But, Strumke also unveiled another new ale that same week.
Called The Channel Crossing, Volume 2, it was a collaboration with Pratt Street Ale House's Steven Jones. And that, it turns out, is still on tap. On its last keg, in fact, the Ale House says.
Strumke has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. He's part of a growing number of "gypsy brewers," beer-makers who eschew big start-up capital and instead rent equipment, space, and manpower to make their product.
In its beer issue, Washington City Paper also placed Stillwater among an existing group of metro breweries that are making the area a mecca for the craft beer industry.
For Baltimore Beer Week, Jones, who brews Oliver Ales for Pratt House, combined his English brewing style with Strumke's Belgian brewing style to come up with a hybrid ale, the second volume of The Channel Crossing. It was a follow-up to their first collaboration, which was released in May.
"We wanted to do something special for beer week," Jones told Midnight Sun then.
Originally, 13 kegs of the new brew were made. Two weeks later, the Ale House is down to its last keg.