Beer collaborations are on the rise. Urthel and Two Brothers conspiring to make Moaten, an oaked Flemish Red Sour Ale. Collaboration Not Litigation by Russian River and Avery. The list could go on and on. Collaboration lets two - or in the following case, three - brewing minds focus on one brew, with the final output being a frankenstein of styles and ideas. Usually, it works. And at the worst, it's going to be an interesting beer.
One of OMG Beer!'s favorite breweries, Schlafly's in St. Louis, has joined up with O'Fallon's (Missouri) and New Albanian (Indiana) brewing companies. The final result, as yet unnamed, is an Oak Aged Dry Hopped Smoked Rye Pale Ale, coming in at 6.5% ABV and 35 IBUs. Pictures and more on Hoosier Beer Geek (run by the biggest beer geek in Indiana...I'm guessing). The beer is supposed to appear at all three breweries in January, which means an excuse to visit Missouri or Indiana soon.