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Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Head Brewer Ben Nadeau Talks Local's Stash Reserve Series: Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Ale w/ Ginger and Lime

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Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Head Brewer Ben Nadeau Talks Local's Stash Reserve Series: Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Ale w/ Ginger and Lime
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Head Brewer Ben Nadeau Talks Local's Stash Reserve Series: Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Ale w/ Ginger and Lime
We spoke with Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Head Brewer Ben Nadeau about Local's Stash Reserve Series: Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Ale w/ Ginger and Lime.
 
BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
I did.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
My favorite aspect about this beer is the use of fresh ingredients to impart true flavors and aromas. Although hand zesting 60 pounds of lime and peeling/cutting 40 pounds of ginger can be tedious, it truly shows in the final product as fresh aromas and flavors.

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
We refer to the Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Ale as "Dark and Stormy," which is a rum based cocktail with ginger beer and lime garnish which was the inspiration for this beer. 
BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Dark fruit, fresh citrus, warm rum.
 
BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
I grew up in Jamestown/Newport, Rhode Island which is considered one of the sailing capitals of the world. Dark and Stormy, the cocktail, is a staple in the bars and restaurants of Newport and a go-to for sailors. I have always wanted to imitate those flavors and aromas of my home drink in beer form!
 
BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
Pad Thai.