Spröcketbier (Black Rye Kölsch)

Spröcketbier (Black Rye Kölsch)

Rick Blankemeier, QA Supervisor, Stone Brewing Co.
Robbie Chandler, Production Warehouse Lead, Stone Brewing Co.

Rick and Robbie’s Spröcketbier is the first ever winner of the Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition. A black rye Kölsch-style ale, it arose victorious over 18 other impressive entries ranging from barrel-aged stouts to fruit-laced sour beers and nearly everything in-between. A uniquely dark spin on this traditionally light-bodied German beer style, Spröcketbier delivers mild roast, effervescence and floral yeast presence in tremendously balanced form with the high level of drinkability that is the Kölsch style’s hallmark. Look for it on draft and in bottles in select markets throughout the country, along with the duo that created it, Quality Assurance Supervisor Rick Blankemeier and Production Warehouse Lead Robbie Chandler.

April 21, 2014
Black Rye Kölsch
5.4%
22oz Bottles & Draft
40
Magnum & Hersbrucker

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours black with a rich tan head.
Aroma
Coffee and fruity esters from the Kölsch yeast strain. There is a little bit of spice and hints of smoke.
Taste
Very clean roasted malts and fruit.
Palate
Light body with a smooth, drying finish. Bitterness is at a perfect understated level.
Overall
Rick and Robbie knocked it out of the park with this beer. It’s a fun and unique take on a classic style, and it won against some very stiff competition from our other brewing teams.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Chicken wings, hummus, deviled eggs, sweet potato fritters
Soups
Chili con carne, black bean, beef and barley, squash and peanut bisque
Entrées
Pork roast, baby back ribs, spinach and cheese stuffed portobellos, wild mushroom and barley risotto
Cheeses
Aged Gouda, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Gorgonzola Dolce, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar
Desserts
Brownies, pecan pie, tiramisu, praline ice cream
Cigars
Macanudo Maduro, Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro, Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story, Oliva Serie V Melanio