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Brian Strumke
New Maker!
New York, NY


Stillwater Artisanal is the brainchild of Baltimore native Brian Strumke, whose past life as an internationally renowned electronica DJ and producer strangely led him down a path to crafting some of the world’s most unique and highest rated beers. But while Stillwater masquerades as a beer company, there is quite a bit more to the story..

In 2004, after years of endless touring Brian decided to transfer his creative energy into designing nouveau translations of existing beer styles in the backyard of his Baltimore City residence. He quickly made his mark in the community for his often odd concoctions and unconventional brewing methods. Much to the intrigue (confusion) and enjoyment of judges, competitions quickly yielded wins in more esoteric categories with his use of herbs, spices and wild yeasts. After 5 years of mad-backyard-science, a deal was struck with Brooklyn, NY-based Twelve Percent Imports to produce and distribute Brian’s creations worldwide.

Stillwater has remained in the global ‘Top 100’ ever since and has seen praise from such media outlets as NPR, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Food & Wine, New York Times, and more. The rapid success generated great demand for Stillwater Artisanal and the beer is now distributed in more than 40 U.S. States as well as Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.