A rising tide lifts all boats -- at least in the craft beer industry.
That refreshing business ethos was the main gist of a lecture given by Mitch Steele, head brewer of Stone Brewing Co., as he spoke Friday to students in Arizona State's "Cultural and Chemical History of Beer" class.
Steele, who's been with Stone five years, focused on teamwork in the craft beer industry and collaborations between competing brewers.
"This industry is all about the camaraderie," Steele said. "I can call and ask a brewer a question, and usually they're willing to help."
Steele's the appropriate guy to give such a talk -- Stone is what we would call prolific in the collaboration category. The brewery has worked with about a dozen different brewers and churns out at least on new collaboration ale each year. The latest is Highway 78, a Scotch ale brewed in conjunction with Green Flash Brewing Co.'s Chuck Silva and Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port Carlsbad, and coming up soon is a cherry chocolate stout crafted with Pennsylvania's Tröegs Brewing Co. and a local homebrew contest winner.
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