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Six new beer collaborations

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Brewers are teaming up with poets, chefs and neighboring breweries in 2011 to create the latest round of collaborative beers.

BROOKLYN & THE ITALIAN NEOREALIST

Brooklyn Brewery teams up with Italy’s Birra Amarcord this year to create Amarcord Special Reserve, a unique beer that employs sloe berries, local sour cherries and honey, paying homage to Italian poet, director and playwright Tonino Guerra. Look for bottles clad in Guerra’s artwork this fall.

SHMALTZ & THE MEADERY

Shmaltz heads to the honey pot in 2011 to create a sweet collaboration with Colorado’s Redstone Meadery. Expect a blend of Redstone Traditional Mountain Honey Wine and Coney Island Albino Python early this year.

GOOSE ISLAND & THE CHEFS

Two special Goose Island collaborations with some of Chicago’s brightest culinary minds will hit shelves early this year: Marisol, a fruit-and-spice “Latin white ale” made in conjunction with Frontera Grill chef Rick Bayless, and a yet-to-be-named barrel-aged sour ale brewed with C-House chef Marcus Samuelsson.

KARL STRAUSS & THE DOG PACK

Karl Strauss and Flying Dog hit it off at last year’s SAVOR event in Washington, D.C., so this year they joined forces for an East-meets-West brew. The brewers will travel cross-country to each other’s facilities to make a dark, heavily hopped Belgian ale; watch for a draft debut in May during American Craft Beer Week, and bottles on both coasts by June.

DUCK-RABBIT & THE NEIGHBORS

For the past two years, Duck-Rabbit’s Paul Philippon has teamed with Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory, N.C., to blend each brewery’s Russian imperial stouts in 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Another round of rich, bourbon-spiked beer will pour in the region come early winter.

FIRESTONE WALKER & THE HOMEBREW CHEF

After tremendous success three years ago, Firestone Walker is once again teaming up with chef and DRAFT contributor Sean Paxton for another batch of Saucerful of Secrets, a rich, fruity Belgian strong ale that will appear sometime this year.

 

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