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Where in Town: Whole Foods, 1440 P St. NW
Price: $10.99/22 oz.
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Jet Sudder: Since launching Stillwater Artisanal in 2010, Baltimore-based “gypsy” brewer Brian Strumke has borrowed time, space, and equipment from other breweries to make roughly 150 beers—a mix of his own unique recipes and collaborations with others. Last year alone, he brewed 50 beers in 12 countries. Strumke often takes inspiration from the people and places he visits. Take his Gose Gone Wild world tour series, purportedly inspired by hard-partying nights on the road, something not new to Strumke, as the former DJ recorded at studios around the world.
Goes Well with Groceries: Stillwater’s latest collaboration is a bit more pedestrian but no less delicious. A partnership with Whole Foods Market, Whole-icious is a wild sour IPA with mangoes. Brewed at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. in Denver, Whole-icious was sour-fermented with lactobacillus and then re-fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast, lending the beer an effervescent, acidic character. Pop the cap and the beer’s striking aroma of tropical and citrus fruit fills the room. The 6.5 percent alcohol thirst quencher that’s been dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, and Citra hops is juicy and tart because it’s packed with mango, grapefruit, and passionfruit flavors, as well as subtle notes of unripe pineapple. Whole-icious is available exclusively at Whole Foods stores in seven Northeast states and D.C. (Sorry Maryland: Since your grocers are not allowed to sell alcohol, no Whole-icious for you.)