For the third installment of Boulevard Brewing Company’s Collaboration series, brewmaster Steven Paulwels joins forces with “gypsy brewer” Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, the husband-and-wife team of Dann and Matha Paquette. Together they have produced a modern version of the traditional English ale known as “Stingo.” This rarely seen, barrel-aged style originated in the north of England, with references dating back to the 17th Century. The name itself is a slang term for sharp, old beer, so-called because it “stings” the palate. The Paquette’s own experience brewing in Yorkshire inspired the unusual choice, suggested to Pauwels (fittingly enough,) over a beer at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston.
Pretty Things beers originate from Somerville, Massachusetts, but don’t go looking for the front door of the brewery. A self-described “project,” Dann and Martha formulate and produce their beer as “tenant brewers” in host breweries throughout their region. MOre of their story, along with descriptions of all their eclectic beers, can be found at prettythingsbeertoday.com.
Rich and robust, Collaboration No. 3 is the result of a complex brewing regimen and patient cellaring. Expect notes of wood and fruit to intertwine with slight sour characteristics to compliment the dramatic malt flavors. This beer will pair exceptionally well with wild game, smoked meats, strong cheeses, or heavily seasoned dishes.