Exclusive: New Collaboration Brew – 7 Breweries, 7 Styles, 1 Bottle

Now that's an All-Star lineup. The beer sounds "interesting" for sure...

March is over and it makes me start thinking about spring – we’ve finally made it past winter!  After all, who ever heard of a snowstorm after April 1st? And as spring is the season of new and wonderful things, I’m very excited about the news coming from Santa Rosa, California.

Russian River is ready to announce an amazing collaboration brew with six other top-tier breweries from around the country, including Victory, Dogfish Head, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Avery and, oddly, Saranac.  Collaboration brews are all the rage right now, and this one promises to be the biggest and wildest one yet.

Instead of being a typical collaboration, this will be an integration, with each brewer providing one of their signature beers to be combined and bottled at the Matt Brewing Company’s Utica, NY brewery (I suspect this is why Saranac was invited to the party – they have the capacity).

The beer will be called Monster Mashup (because they’re combining their brews, or “mashing them up”) and will be available in October, just in time for Halloween.  There are many details to share, including quotes from each brewery, the beers to be combined (I hear Storm King is on the list), how they were selected (the picking order was done by lottery) and lots of other technical information.  You’ll find it all after the break…    Read More…

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16 Comments on “Exclusive: New Collaboration Brew – 7 Breweries, 7 Styles, 1 Bottle”

  1. April 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm #


    Three Floyds was in on the collaboration, too. At least that’s what I read. I was actually going to post this breaking news on our site but don’t have to now.

  2. April 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Sorry to scoop you like that, Mike, but if there’s one thing B&WB is known for, it’s reliable coverage of breaking industry news.

  3. Katie Pizzuto
    April 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Yummm, just hearing “Three Floyds” makes me want a stout. You should’ve called it “Monster Mash”…that would’ve been funnier 🙂

    Oh, and a little self promotion (please humor me, it’s my birthday)…. website parody I collaborated on called The Daily Feast:


    Come visit the mayhem!

    • Don
      April 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

      I loved the @thebeerwench, @thewinewhore Wedding announcement!

      • April 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

        Yeah, I guess glassware is a good gift, but stems or steins?

    • April 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

      Happy birthday, Katie! great link – very funny!

  4. Katie Pizzuto
    April 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks guys….and thanks Don…just remembered to go Tweet them specifically in case they miss the hoopla!

  5. mikemoriendi
    April 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    What a day for collaboration announcements! This on the tails of the Bruery/AB-InBev hook up!

    • April 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

      I think this beer has more promise – it’s beer turned up to “11”!!

      • mikemoriendi
        April 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

        Oh yeah and I forgot about the Cigar City and Redhook collaboration too! What a day to be a craft beer lover!

  6. April 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Crazy! i bet they bottle them in cans shaped liked the dominoes snerd.

    • April 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

      It’s a possibility. I was thinking in a 23oz bomber. It’s like a 22oz bomber, but it goes one higher.

  7. April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    The bomber holder is a real Frankenstein’s monster head…at least I heard that. They considered having the method of opening it to use your canines but realized that some people’s are more rounded.

  8. Kevin M
    April 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    When I saw Saranac listed as one of them, I just knew this was the brainchild of Jim… I was so sure, I could taste the finished product!

    • April 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

      Yeah, I figured it’d be a dead giveaway!

      • Kevin M
        April 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

        In all seriousness, when is this collaboration thing going to end? Some of these “Frankenbiers” aren’t even that good. And a lot have mixed reviews. I don’t really get all that excited every time a new one hits my shelves… but… I do know of something interesting, made by two guys named “Fritz and Ken…”

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