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January 3, 2011

Stillwater Ales and Mikkeller to debut new ale at Max's Taphouse Tuesday

Baltimore's Brian Strumke and Denmark's Mikkeller brewery will debut a new collaboration at Max's Taphouse Tuesday.

Called "Our Side," the ale will also be released at three other locations in the country, Washington D.C., Virginia, and New York.

"Our Side," which the brewers are calling a collaborative gypsy ale, is a mix of Stillwater Artisanal Ales' Stateside Saison and Mikkeller Stateside IPA.

According to Max's, it is packed with "piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain." 

"Our Side" was brewed at Strumke's home base brewery, DOG Brewing Co. in Westminster, MD. It the brewers' second collaboration, is called a collaborative gypsy ale because Mikkeller is Denmark's answer to Strumke. The local brewer is regularly called a gypsy brewer because he doesn't have his own brewery and instead rents space and equipment to make his product.

Strumke said in a follow-up e-mail he will head to Denmark soon to work on another collaboration, but that it won't surface in the United States until late Spring. 

Strumke won't be at Max's for the tasting; he will be at D.C.'s ChurchKey.

The tasting at Max's begins at 6 p.m. (via)

(Post updated) 

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:40 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Brewing News


While both brewers are known for collaborations this is the first collaboration the two have done together, at least the first to see the light of day.


"Our Side," the brewers' second collaboration..."

Incorrect. It's their first collaboration together, which is why this is such q big deal.


"because Mikkeller is Denmark's answer to Strumke"

Nitpicking here, but Mikkel was been professionally brewing well before Strumke.

... and I obviously need iPhone typing lessons.

You should check out Red Brick Station, right up your alley.

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