Stone Brewing Company
This is simultaneously one of the darkest AND most chuggable beers I’ve had this month. I kind of like that, though, because there’s something pretty gnarly about chugging a super dark beer. It’s like eating a t-bone steak in one bite and belching up the bone.
How Much:  4
I paid $6.99 for a 22oz bomber which doesn’t seem terribly unreasonable for a 22oz bomber unless you’re used to buying beer by the six-pack and you’re good at math. In that case, it would cost you about $23 for six 12-oz bottles, which is roughly a shit ton. This beer is tasty enough for the official TeamChug stamp, but I’m withholding it on general principal because of the cost.
This is an interesting beer that doesn’t really fit the normal mold. It’s a black rye kolsch so it’s as black as the night and as smooth and drinkable as liquid velvet. It’s like a pale lager dressed up as a stout on Halloween. It looks thick and scary, but underneath it’s just a light beer. You won’t mistake this for a pale lager, though, because it has a big roasted malt flavor to go along with that classic kolsch smoothness. It’s not a mash-up you’ll come across often, so get it while it’s hot.
Stone Brewing distributes this to 40 States, but it’s part of their Spotlight Series brewing competition, so it’s unclear how long SprocketBier will be available. Read more about Stone Spotlight Series here, because it’s a really cool idea.
Overall Rating: 7.6
Suggested food pairing:  A 9-foot long kielbasa sausage.
Song: Spoon – “I Turn My Camera On”