The history of Stillwater Artisanal Ales was best described by Tenemu’s own Brooks Whittington in his 2014 review of the Stillwater/Westbrook collaboration, Gose Gone Wild:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales was founded in 2010 by Brian Strumke, a former techno DJ and producer who went by the name Brian Stillwater. Strumke started out as a homebrewer who won various competitions, usually in lesser known categories using beers that incorporated different herbs, spices and wild yeasts. In 2010, he released Stateside Saison… and so began Stillwater Artisanal Ales.
Stillwater is a gypsy brewery, meaning that it does not have a brewery of its own, and as a result, all of its beers are brewed at other breweries. Typically, they are small -sometimes microscopic- releases. One of the major advantages to this model is that gypsy brewers can more easily experiment with different beers without the need for them to sell in any large amounts
Today’s offering from Stillwater is Moneytree$, a gose-style, session IPA brewed at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. in Denver. Combining two favorites from recent times, Strumke said this about the beer:
It was a take on all that was hot in the beer scene in the last years, Gose and session IPA. I wanted the refreshment of a light sour beer, salinity of the salt, and piney / citrus from the hops
Poured lightly from a 22-ounce bottle, the golden-yellow, slightly hazy color stands out, producing a small film of fizzy white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.
Aromas abound with floral and citrus, in particular fresh cut lemons, peaches and plums. Taste is just as exciting with nuances of fresh squeezed lemon, orange peel, some light hop bitterness, saltiness and sourness, grass and a touch of funk.
Carbonation is ample and the mouthfeel is oily, slick and acidic and really tickles the senses. The ABV is low (4.6 percent) so as this beer warms, it does not play a factor in altering the feel, yet allows a crisp, citrusy finish full of lemons, orange peel and pleasant hop bitterness. The balance remains stable throughout the tasting with the citrus, salinity and hops teaming together extremely well.