Stillwater Artisanal Ales: Making beer around the world with a Gypsy Brewer


“You could describe Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales as a Vagabond, Gypsy Brewer, Lone Ranger, whatever you’d like. But one thing is sure, he’s garnering a cult following because of his unconventional brewing method and his completely uncompromised brews…”

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Stillwater’s label design is arguably some of the coolest out there, and their delicious brews are pushing the limits of today’s brewing practices. They got my attention with an insanely tasty brew called Existent, a black saison inspired by a Nietzsche quote:

“…if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”


Some of the coolest ingredients, styles, and twists on old traditional farmhouse flavors make this brewery a top favorite of this beer nerd for sure.

Cooler still, these interesting delicious beers and fantastic labels are all being pumped out by a traveling road show referred to as “Gypsy Brewing”

“So, what the heck is a Gypsy Brewer, Jess?”

A “Gypsy Brewery” is a brewery with no real home base brewery of their own. The brewer(s) travel from brewery to brewery (all around the world), bringing in their own ingredients and borrowing the host’s brewing setup. Sometimes a gypsy brewer will collaborate with the host brewery to make some really fun funky stuff. Wikipedia describes it as such: “A gypsy brewer is a commercial craft brewery that, rather than owning its own brewery, operates on a temporary or itinerant basis out of the facilities of another brewery, generally making “one-off” special occasion beers.”

Check them out, and hear a little more about the life of a traveling gypsy brewer here, Stillwater’s Brian Strumke visits Williams Brothers Brewery of Scotland for a collaboration brew with bog myrtle and seaweed (?!):

Visit them on our shelves at Randalls, and at their blog / website:

Cheers, I gotta go drink some more Folklore now.