One year ago Thirsty Monk opened its first brewery outside of North Carolina when it took over the former Deep Draft Brewing location in Denver, Colorado. In doing so Thirsty Monk hired Brian Grace as its Head Brewer, formerly the Head Brewer at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.
Now Grace has reunited with Crooked Stave founder, Chad Yakobson to brew a collaboration beer together. The pair convened at the Thirsty Monk in Denver to sample various beers before this collaboration. The favorite of the bunch was a Brut IPA and Brett Brut Rose IPA was born.
“We talked about the Brut style and how we both thought that using German hops instead of the typical IPA hops that people are using would lend a more wine-like aroma and make the style more along the lines of what we like to drink,” said Grace in a statement. “The hibiscus and rose petals were something that Chad and I have talked about using over the years when I worked at Crooked Stave so we went for it! These additions, along with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon, Mandarina Bavaria, Centennial and Amarillo give the beer a pink hue and floral, citrus and berry-like aromas. Naturally, any collaboration with Crooked Stave should include Brettanomyces…. the conversations continued from there and this beer was born.”
Brett Brut Rose IPA will be tapped on Friday, March 1st at Thirsty Monk Portland. This beer is the first of several other Thirsty Monk and Crooked Stave collaborations to be tapped in the coming months.
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D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.