Find This Beer Friday: La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado by Stone/Elysian/The Bruery
Editor’s Note: Find This Beer Friday is a weekly series in which our craft beer-lovin’ contributors share their favorite (and sometimes hard-to-find) brews. We do our best to share a variety of beers that vary in taste, price, and availability. Live extraordinary lives, drink extraordinary beer. That’s our (unofficial) motto!
In the craft beer world, collaborations have been all the rage in the last year or two. Right now, in fact, Colorado is in the midst of its first all-female collab. Pretty cool! It goes to show that the craft brewing world operates more like a family than corporate entities fighting for market share. It’s refreshing.
Speaking of refreshing…this beer! This is a collaboration between Stone and The Bruery from SoCal, and Elysian in Seattle. It’s a pumpkin ale, listed at 5% ABV. So it’s not a heavy-hitter, but most pumpkins aren’t. Now, I should say that I LOVE pumpkin beers. It might, in fact, be my favorite category of beer. And I’ve tried tons of them. This particular concoction is probably the most balanced pumpkin beer I’ve had. They are often overly pumpkin-flavored, or overly spiced (pumpkin beers often have cinnamon and nutmeg added to enhance the “fall” flavor). With this beer you certainly get pumpkin, and some spice, but you also get the maltiness of say a brown ale that is often missing from the style.
There is virtually no hoppiness (bitterness) present, as is the usual for pumpkin beers. Not sure why that is — I’d actually love to try some kind of pumpkin pale ale or IPA. It would be an interesting endeavor.
Anyways, you likely won’t actually find this beer, as I believe it was a one-time collaboration. However, to honor FTBF, find a collaboration beer from your local liquor store. They usually have each of the brewery logos on the label, so they’re somewhat easy to spot. If you can’t find one, ask the nice fella at the counter. You get to support multiple craft breweries at once; does it get better?
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