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Beer Is For Friendship: Our Collaboration Beers

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Collaborative brewing is one of the most popular trends in craft beer today, and with good reason: it’s fun. Yes, a lot of work goes into combining skills and experience to forge a new beer, brew it, package it, and release it to the loyal beer drinkers who follow us. But every brewer we know is really in it for the days spent kicking it around the kettle,with discussions ranging from highly technical to completely absurd, and often revolving about what to eat for lunch.

With of all that shared knowledge, passion, and fun, we’re proud to work with our comrades in beer arms to create something new together. Check out some of our most recent collaborations below, and keep an eye on our social media- especially Instagram- for the latest collaboration news.

Kings County Brewers Collective

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Our ties at Kings County Brewers Collective, more commonly known as KCBC, run deep. One of their Brew Commanders, Pete Lengyel, used to brew for us, and our teams have crossed paths many times over beers, metal, and bird watching. The KCBC team came to our brewhouse in spring 2018 to brew a pleasantly irreverent “Julaibock” dubbed Escape Goat, available exclusively in our Tasting Room. Soon after, we headed their way to brew Pinball Pandamonium, an inky and eminently satisfying Baltic porter.

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Pinball Pandamonium hit the KCBC taps and can lineup and was a quick hit for dark beer disciples. Throughout it all good times were had, high fives were shared, and at least one bicycle was repaired.

London Fields Brewery

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When the team from London Fields Brewery, our sister brewery in the UK, came to visit, we discovered a dangerous common bond: puns. Over the course of a long brew day, punny suggestions filled several pieces of paper taped around the brewhouse, eventually segueing into emails and texts as the beer fermented. At long last, our collaboration black gose was ready, and so was the name: London Gose Dark, a slightly sour ale with plenty of roasted barley and chocolate notes and a gentle hint of salt. The beer is available in our Tasting Room and at select events in the UK until it runs out. Once it does, we’ll be heading to London for the next round of brewing and puns.

Fifth Hammer Brewing Co.

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Photo: Fifth Hammer Brewing Co./Juren David

If you work in beer in New York City, or just spend a lot of time around it, chances are good that you know Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett of Fifth Hammer (and Cuzett Libations, and Fuhmentaboudit, and so on.) Among the many connections between their team and ours, Cuzme and our Brewer Kevin Early worked together and have stayed in touch as beer friends do. He and Brewmaster Garrett Oliver headed north to Long Island City to brew a few fun saisons, and then things got wild. In addition to Frim Fram Sauce and Oss & Fay, both released on draft and in cans by Fifth Hammer, beer from that day has found its way into cognac barrels, been introduced to Brettanomyces, and more. Keep an eye out for plenty more where these good ideas came from.

21st Amendment Brewery

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Our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver travels quite a bit (that’s him above in Denver at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival), which means some of his collaborations take on unconventional forms. Garrett worked with our friends at 21st Amendment Brewery and their Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan to create Blood Orange Sorachi Ace Saison, but was several continents away on brew day. Fortunately, a quick Photoshop job and a Kinko’s run later, and a Garrett tribute was able to stand guard as the beer was brewed. The beer features tart and juicy notes from the blood orange that play with the lemon and dill of the Sorachi Ace hops, demonstrating Shaun’s skill with fruited beers and Garrett’s keen sense for balancing lively saisons. Find it if you can— Blood Orange Sorachi Ace is remarkably rare.

Ecliptic Brewing

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To celebrate their fifth year anniversary, the celestially-oriented minds at Ecliptic Brewing reached out to five brewmasters throughout the country to create five beers worthy of such a landmark. Enter our own Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who traveled to the Northwest to brew this tangerine farmhouse ale with the Ecliptic Brewmaster John Harris. The bright and slightly funky beer made its debut at a Cosmic Brunch in January 2019, which featured both brewmasters spinning yarns and talking beer over five full courses. Keep an eye out for limited bottles orbiting the Northwest.

Jester King x Southold Farm & Cellar

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Inspired by our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver’s work aging beer on wine lees and the friendship and delicious wines of Southold Farm & Cellar, Jester King came up for the idea behind Three To Make Ready. The Jester King team, Southold crew, and Garrett racked a wile ale onto wine lees from the 2018 Texas grape harvest, with varietals including Viognier, Tempranillo, and Chardonnay. After a few months, the beer was racked into oak puncheons for several more months of maturation. In the summer of 2019, the beer was finally racked into kegs for a 100% natural conditioning through refermentation. You can find the beer in Jester Kings tasting room, and might get a peek at events where Garrett dips into his secret stash.

Prison City Pub & Brewery

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We met up with the team from Prison City Pub & Brewery through Erie Armada, a festival of food, beer, and paddling on the historic Erie Canal. A series of upstate and New York City-based breweries were paired up to symbolize the transit and trade link the canal brought to our state, and we went to work to make something special. The beer was dubbed Packet Boat after the boats that once trafficked the canal. The teams called the style a Hopfen Helles Bock, uniting hoppy aromas with traditional malts to create an autumnal all-star. The beer will be available at the Erie Armada festival, and in limited quantities at both breweries.

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