Stillwater Ales, Danish-style
Brian Strumke suggests attendees try his newest collaboration with Denmark brewer Mikkeller, Rauchstar, which has been brewed on a very limited quantity. "We used a portion of applewood hand-smoked malt from our friend Anders Kissmeyer – brewmaster at Danish microbrewery Norrebro Bryghu – and aggressively hopped it," Strumke said. "The outcome is like a caramel-drenched BBQ in the middle of a pine forest." OK! An earlier collaboration, Our Side, premiered at Max's in January.
Hugh Sisson says Heavy Seas' Greater Pumpkin seasonal isn't made often. But this year, Max's will carry a special bourbon barrel-aged version of this imperial ale. This is another brew that was made in small amounts. Sisson said it might also be available at Timonium Fairgrounds' Oktoberfest. Casey Hard from Max's suggests the Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs, a smoked Berliner Weisse, a style of German beer that is slightly sour. Don Russell, one of the founders of Philadelphia Beer Week, says he's a big fan of Stillwater Ales. He'd be thrilled to hear our own gypsy brewer has for the first time made Old Bay Saison for its event at Max's. Beware, though: only 101 bottles have been made.