PLYMOUTH — On December 18, Liberty Street and Stone Brewing Company’s collaboration commemoration was simultaneously released at Stone Brewing Company’s Liberty Station brewpub in San Diego and Liberty Street Brewing in Plymouth.
Matt’s Dream Rye, a California Style Rye IPA coming in at 7.9% ABV was brewed at both breweries with the same recipe, one created by a good friend who recently passed away, Matthew Courtright. The beer was his first professional recipe brewed and tapped at Stone’s Liberty Station.
“We made the beer straight from his recipe,” said Liberty Street Owner Joe Walters. “There were quite a few ingredients (Helga and Eldorado hops) that were very hard for us to come by. We had to pull a few favors but it’s the best way for us to commemorate our loss. And the flavor combination highlights Matthew’s talent.”
Courtright began as a customer at Liberty Street in Plymouth and was hired as a part time brewer. He was also the founder of Plymouth’s homebrew club stationed out of Liberty Street, Sons of Liberty. He was offered a full time position at Stone Brewing, where he became Senior Brewer.
“After a tragic accident took his life, we wanted to keep his legacy going with continued donations to his charity,” said Walters.
“All the proceeds from this batch of beer will be going to build schools in Ethiopia. So far, before calculating the proceeds from the brew itself, we’ve been able to raise $28,000.”
At 8 p.m. Liberty Street, Liberty Station and the Courtright family were able to join in on a simultaneous toast of Matt’s Dream Rye via Skype.
Liberty Street and Stone Brewing have future plans for a much bigger collaboration for Courtright — rumor has it it’s going to be a liberty hop oriented, single malt and single hop brew.