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Started in 2010, Stillwater Artisanal is the brainchild of Baltimore native Brian Strumke, whose past life as an internationally renowned electronica DJ and producer strangely led him down a path to crafting some of the world’s most unique and highest rated beers. But while Stillwater masquerades as a beer company, there is quite a bit more to the story..
In 2004, after years of endless touring Brian decided to transfer his creative energy into designing nouveau translations of existing beer styles in the backyard of his Baltimore City residence. He quickly made his mark in the community for his often odd concoctions and unconventional brewing methods. Much to the intrigue (confusion) and enjoyment of judges, competitions quickly yielded wins in more esoteric categories with his use of herbs, spices and wild yeasts. After 5 years of mad-backyard-science, a deal was struck with Brooklyn, NY-based Twelve Percent Imports to produce and distribute Brian’s creations worldwide.
Brian’s wanderlust followed from his days as a touring DJ and producer: the model of using various recording studios to produce his music translated easily into the world of brewing. As one of the world’s first ‘gypsy’ brewers, neither Brian nor Stillwater owns it’s own facility, instead utilizing excess capacity at existing breweries where Brian travels to produce his works. (2015 saw 50 new Stillwater creations brewed in 12 different countries).
Beers Being Poured at Amps & Ales