In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from Stillwater Artisanal. The beer that will be feature is Existent. Brian Strumke founded Stillwater after retiring music producing. Brian did not own a brewery so he traveled to several different breweries and brew his beers using their equipment. He just like many other brewers like Evil Twin became rogue or gypsy breweries. He just brews Farmhouse Saison Ales. He would use different yeast or malts to make different Saisons. Brian has team up with several different breweries to make brews together. Stillwater has done a beer with Stone Brewing and Evil Twin Brewing. Let us get into the brew.
It is has a black color or dark deep brown color. There is a tan to light brown color head. The smell is a chocolate to farmhouse to it. The taste has a slight spicy to some chocolate notes. There is a slight dry coco or chocolate aftertaste finish. It is extremely drinkable.
Here is a description from their website (www.stillwaterales.blogspot.com):
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..’and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’ –Nietzsche
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: @stillwaterales @twelve_percent
Closing out, I am pretty big fan of Saison Ales. I was pretty interested in this brewery and I have had several of his beers in the past. I do not know why I have not write on any in the past. The problem I have with this brewery is the fact he does one beer style. If you are good at one thing, you better stick to it. I love how he keeps doing different styles of the one beer styles. I also love the fact he teams up with other breweries to make other beer styles. I love this beer and this is why. It is dark and still has the Saison taste to it. I love the slight chocolate to smoke malts in this beer. I love the spicy notes. I highly recommend this beer and it is now available in 4pk 12oz bottles along with their Cellar Door and Stateside Saison. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser