Stillwater Artisanal Fear of Ghosts Smoked Sour Farmhouse Wheat Ale

Stillwater Artisanal is a "gypsy brewer" à la Evil Twin, Mikkelar, and Pretty Things (here's a great piece by Clay Risen on gypsy brewers). Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010 by former techno DJ Brian Strumke, 2015 alone saw fifty new Stillwater releases brewed across twelve countries.

Today's offering was recommended to me by the ever wonderful Lauren at my local bottle shop, Midtowne Bottle Shop. Fear of Ghosts was brewed in collaboration with Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado.

Stillwater Artisanal Fear of Ghosts Smoked Sour Farmhouse Wheat Ale, 6% alc., 22 oz. bottle

C: Bright gold with a foamy white head and decent lacing

N: Quite grassy in the mouth with sour grapefruit notes, etrog peel, and a hint of nutmeg all the while remaining deliciously yeasty

P: Very apple-y (crisp Granny Smith and tart crabapple), freshly mopped hospital floors with subtle floral notes around the edges of the palate 

F: Pleasantly astringent with hints of nutmeg and salt

In conclusion: I recommend searching out a bottle or two of this. While the smoke doesn't do too much (it manifests as the hospital floor note for me) the tart fruit and subtle floral notes really work for me. That hint of nutmeg that can be tracked from the nose to the finish also makes me happy.