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I don’t think there is another brewery that I’ve had as few of their beers, but hold in as high a regard as Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Stillwater is Brian Strumke, a so called “gypsy brewer” who doesn’t have a brewery of his own but rather travels around and brews his beer at other breweries, both in the US and Europe. Stillwater is a small brewery, their website lists nine beers, about half of which I’ve seen in San Diego either in bottles or on draft. I’ve had most of those that are available here and love everything about them. It helps that most of Stillwater’s beers are Saisons, which is one of my favorite styles of beer (and is also a very loose style allowing for a lot of creative freedom). But it’s more than just the beer itself, it’s also the idea of someone making it, both making a living and making great beer while traveling around and seeing the world.

I actually don’t know much at all about Evil Twin, except for the fact that brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is also the brother of Mikkeller’s Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Evil Twin’s beers are rated pretty highly on Ratebeer, that combined with the fact that Stone is hosting the brewer makes me look forward to trying some of their beers.

Both brewers will be at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens on Thursday, August 11th for two events. Starting at 5pm and lasting until 6:30 is a Meet the Brewer event at Stone’s outside bar. Strumke and Jarnit-Bjergsø will be on hand to chat along with 11 beers (including a few that will be poured on draft for the first time in the US that night). At 6:30pm both Strumke and Jarnit-Bjergsø will join dinner guests for a Brewmasters Dinner featuring four courses and eight of their beers.

The dinner is $65 which includes both tax and gratuity while the meet the brewers event doesn’t have a cover charge, you just buy your own beers.

It looks like the pairings aren’t yet finalized, but the menu can be seen here.

The beers expected to be on tap are:

  • Evil Twin Before, During, & After Christmas Beer
  • Evil Twin Soft DK
  • Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny
  • Evil Twin Ashtray Heart
  • Evil Twin Katz Pis
  • Stillwater Stateside Saison
  • Stillwater / The Brewer’s Art Debutante
  • Stillwater / Mikkeller – Two Gypsies – Our Side
  • ‘t Gaverhopke Koerseklakske
  • ‘t Brouwkot Netebuk
  • Hopfenstark Baltic Porter de L’Ancrier

Stillwater’s Cellar Door was a Farmhouse Friday pick last month.

Note: Stone has offered me a press pass with a seat at the table for the Brewmasters Dinner.