Robbie Chandler calls it undrunkable.
It is the new Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing Co. Chandler, who works in the Stone warehouse, and Rick Blankenmeier, the brewery’s quality assurance supervisor, created the black rye Kolsch-style ale for an internal company competition.
Spröcketbier, which is 5.4 percent alcohol by volume, won and is now available nationwide.
“I call it an undrunkable because you can drink it all day and still stand up,” the outspoken and bearded Chandler says with a laugh.
Chandler and Blankenmeier are on a national tour promoting the beer. They stopped by the Tremont Taphouse in Cleveland on Friday. (As a side note, Jackie O’s owner Art Oestrike and brewer Brad Clark, and Eric Anderson, who will head brewing operations for the new Butcher and The Brewer, were there, too. In other words, Tremont was the hangout place that day for anybody into craft beer.)
Other visits on the Stone tour include Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle.
Chandler and Blankenmeier are an interesting pair. Chandler is boisterous. Blankenmeier is thoughtful. Chandler is about the manual labor. Blankenmeier is about the science. When asked about the competition, a confident Chandler responds, “I don’t lose.” Blankenmeier says he just wanted to make a beer that he likes to drink.
“We make a really good team,” Chandler says.
He describes their relationship in Breaking Bad terms. Blankenmeier is Walter White. Chandler is Jesse Pinkman.
Stone is looking to open a second brewery east of the Mississippi. But both Chandler and Blankenmeier say they have no inside scoop to share on the process or whether any spot in Ohio is in the running.
The Spröcketbier tour has been a world wind, with them stopping by event after event. And then moving onto the next city.
During their Cleveland visit, they were impressed with the hospitality. They stopped by Great Lakes Brewing Co., Market Garden Brewery and The Brew Kettle. Blankenmeier says he really enjoyed “shop talk” with the other brewers.
“We all think we’re on our own little island, but we all have the same issues,” he says.
They also headed off to a Cleveland Indians game.
As for Spröcketbier itself, Blankenmeier says: “Everyone says we have a great beer so far."