In July our head brewer Brian Buckman sat down with the Beer Director of the Publican Family of Restaurants, Adam Vavrick, to develop a collaboration beer to be poured at Chicago's The Publican.
As tends to happen with IBW beers, we veered radically off narrative and came up with a beer that is a collision course of styles and intents.
Using a 100% Munich grist, we boiled the beer for 4 hours in the style of a classic German Bock. We added American hops & pitched our house yeast Tim on top of that. The result was a complex melange of plum, tabacco, grain & toffee weighing in at 7.23% ABV.
But we didn't stop there.
We then blended our base beer with a farmhouse we had been aging for a year in oak barrels on brettanomyces yeast. These two worlds living together has created a beer that is deep ruby in color and dances a freaking minuet on your tongue.
We named the beer after the Tool song, "Rosetta Stoned". The song chronicles an armchair shaman's adventure into the land of DMT elves and aliens. While there he is given the secret to save the world. Unfortunately, when our hero returns to this earthly domain, he manages to forget his marching orders. You can imagine the disappointment.
This is a very limited run, but should be available at the Publican through September at least. Waste no time, get yourself into the Publican and get "Rosetta Stoned".
We should also take this opportunity to congratulate Adam on just being named one of Wine Magazine's "40 Under 40"in this month's issue. Adam is a wizard and deserves all of the praise he's given. Make sure to buy him a shot when you're drinking our beer at the Publican.