Beer Is The New Rock: Stillwater Artisanal Ale's Small Black Beer

Brooklyn indie rockers Small Black struck unexpected gold with the May 2013 release Limits of Desire. Beyond it being one of the breakout albums of the summer, Small Black's dulcet tones inspired Brian Strumke of Baltimore's Stillwater Artisanal Ales to create a black saison for his Sensory Series.

"After many listens to the new album, we agreed on the track 'Breathless' as inspiration for the beer. The tune instantly jumped out as a summer anthem," says Strumke. "In constructing the accompanying beverage I took a similar direction — a dark black beer that maintains the elegance of the song. And while the beer is black, it's extremely light-bodied."

Bottles of Small Black Beer feature a QR code to view the video for "Breathless," commissioned by Stillwater and filmed (flanked by fans) at Williamsburg's 285 Kent, cause what goes better together than partying and beer? Nothing. Check it out:

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