If you look at location alone, Stick City and Old Thunder Brewing Companies could not be more different. Stick City is located in Mars, PA: a small agricultural town tucked away in the “sticks” of Butler County. Old Thunder, on the other hand, is in Blawnox, PA: a borough just east of the city with a rich steel and manufacturing history that sits along the Allegheny River.
Although separated historically by industry and by surrounding environment, these two Brewing Companies share a similar philosophy on brewing processes and a common focus on quality ingredients. Because of their similarities, they felt it was a good time to collaborate by each brewing a beer together at the other’s brewery. Their goal is to form a connection between the more urban area and the less urban area that make up their brands.
Collab #1: From Sticks To Steel
The first beer of the two collaborations was released last week. From Sticks to Steel is an American Pale Ale (5.3% ABV) brewed at Old Thunder Brewing Company. Hopped with an exclusive blend of New Zealand hops, you should expect lots of citrus and tropical flavor. The New Zealand hop variety really adds a lot of character to this soft pale ale!
Collab #2: From Steel To Sticks
Releasing this week is From Steel to Sticks, the second of the collaborations. This beer is an American Brown Ale (6.2% ABV) and was brewed at Stick City Brewing Company. With a mild coffee-chocolate base, expect notes of pecan and caramel. Hopped with an unusual amount of Centennial and Simcoe for a Brown Ale, anticipate bright, hoppy flavors and aromas as well.
This is definitely a double collaboration to be excited about! Old Thunder has been crushing their hoppy beers recently, while Stick City consistently excels with their classic styles. There is a lot to look forward to with these great breweries working together on a couple of brews!
Both beers are available on draft and in 4-packs to-go in the taprooms of Stick City (Mars, PA) and Old Thunder (Blawnox, PA). Don’t miss out!