Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a brewery distinguished by its avant-garde, Belgian-inspired ales — with an emphasis on saisons, or farmhouse ales — and haute-couture labels, and the company’s founder, Brian Strumke, says he’s always looking to push himself further — in his goals or actual miles — to turn beer into art. Strumke has been a nomad. Whether in Stratford, Connecticut at Two Roads Brewing or Baltimore, Maryland at Of Love and Regret, Stillwater functioned as more of a living organism than a brewery, led by Strumke’s wanderlust to go wherever the road, beer or art takes him. In 2018, art took Strumke to Seattle, where he met Matt Storm, owner of The Masonry, the man known for his intensely curated beer list and wood-fired pizza. In 2020, the pandemic paused Strumke’s nomadic lifestyle and, allowing him to dive into Storm’s concept for a new brewery, Fast Fashion Brewing, which commanded Storm’s attention away from his temporary shuttered Masonary beer bars. The duo began brewing a series of small batch beers paired with a smart, fashionable label artwork. Fast Fashion became its own fashion tribe of line-out-the-door beer culture. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of Fast Fashion beer — a flight we’re calling, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Fast Fashion On the Fly.
Fast Fashion Pils
Collaboration with Halfway Crooks Beer in Atlanta and Resident Culture Brewing in Charlotte, Fast Fashion Pils is hopped with Hersbrucker and Tettnang for a bigger body and sweeter version of the style.
Is Fast Fashion Old News? is an Irish Stout, also known as the dry stout. The style is very much the archetype of dark beers, if not the national drink of Ireland. The Irish stout offers a vivid, even silky black color with a creamy brown head. The dry stout gains much of its bitter character from roasted barley. Fast Fashion’s version is hopped with First Gold with an emphasis on the chocolate and caramel flavor of malts, and a distinct dry-roasted bitterness in the finish.
Second Generation is an IPA made in collaboration with Fast Fashion’s longtime friend and operations manager at The Masonry, Alexander Wiley Chauhan to celebrate his upcoming art show at Hologram Gallery in Pioneer Square March 3. Chauhan designed the Second Generation label. Brewed with Mosaic and Citra Lupomax, this IPA has notes of citrus, pine, mango, and mixed berry.