Collaborations – Crafted by Cleetus

Crafted by Cleetus


After two or three years of discussing the possibility of creating a beer together, Doug Hurst of Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing and I finally arranged to brew together in 2010. I had so much fun that day that I went home and called every brewer I knew and asked if I could make a beer with them. Six years and many brew days later, collaborating on beers has become a large part of who I am in my career. This page is devoted to the many projects I have been gifted to work on.


Stone Brewing Rumvergnügen
Begyle Brewing Company Comb the Desert
Against the Grain There Gose The Neighborhood

“Like Pharrell or Rick Rubin in hip-hop, if you’re a brewery looking to boost your street cred, you’ll jump at the chance to collaborate with brewer and Executive Chef Cleetus Friedman” – Thrillist Chicago

The Anthology:

Beer Collaborations

Against the Grain – Louisville, KY

  • There Gose The Neighborhood (2014, 2015) collaboration with The Aviary – gose with smoked sea salt, cilantro, roasted red pepper and calamansi limes

Atlas Brewing Company – Chicago, IL

  • December Morn’ winter warmer (2013) – altbier with fresh ginger

Begyle Brewing – Chicago, IL

  • Comb the Desert (2013) (2014, 2015, 2016) – citrus schwarzbier with orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit
  • Dr Dreidel’s Imperial Porter (2014, 2015) – imperial porter with 8 malts
  • Change of Saisons (Brewed for Chicago Botanic Gardens (2015, 2016) – saison with strawberry and rhubarb, saison with mixed berries and corriander

Dark Horse Brewing Company – Marshall, MI

  • Sarsaparilla Six Stout (2011, 2015) – stout with sarsaparilla and vanilla bean
  • Scary Jesus Rock Star (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) American pale ale with apricot and chamomile
  • I’ll Have More Stout (2013) stout with toasted rice, caramel, chocolate (100 Grand Stout)
  • 666 (2012) – stout with sarsaparilla and vanilla bean aged 6 months in whiskey barrels
  • Flat Sammich (2013) malt liquor with roasted rye

Finch’s Beer Co. – Chicago, IL

Flossmoor Station Brewing Company – Flossmoor, IL

Greenbush – Sawyer, MI

  • Terminator X (2011) – American strong ale with black strap molasses
  • Loud Mouth Soup (2012) – American wit with toasted fennel, blood orange, and tellicherry peppercorns
  • barreled X (2012) – american strong ale with black strap molasses aged in whiskey barrels
  • Chai Life (2012) – Jewish strong ale with smoked apple and smoked honey

Haymarket Pub and Brewery – Chicago, IL

Lake Effect Brewing Company – Chicago, IL

  • 27 Blocks (2013) – Fresh hopped American pale ale with charred grapefruit
  • 27 Blocks with Brett (2014) – American pale ale with charred grapefruit and Brettanomyces
  • 27 Blocks Hallertau (2015) – American pale ale with charred grapefruit, single hopped with Hallertau hops

Metropolitan Brewing – Chicago, IL

  • Carburetor Rye Doppelbock #58 (2011) – Rye dopple bock aged in Templeton Rye barrels
  • Carburetor Rye Doppelbock (2012)
  • Rose Hipster (2014) – German alt with rose hips and hibiscus

New Holland Brewing Company – Holland, MI

Pipeworks Brewing Co. – Chicago, IL

Solemn Oath Brewery – Naperville, IL

  • Anaphylaxis (2012) – Belgian red ale, a take on Carrot Cake. Belgian Ale brewed with carrots, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice and Belgian candi syrup.
  • ChocoTSuris (2013) – American porter, A take on Black Forest and German chocolate cake with a glass of milk. Mick Klug tart cherries, toasted coconut, coconut water, and milk sugar added to the brew. Cocoa nibs added to the fermenter.
    • Henry McKenna Barrel Aged ChocoTSuris (2014)

Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, CA

  • Slapping Violets (2014) – kolsch with lemon basil and fresh blueberries
  • Rumvergnügen (2017) – imperial dunkelweisen with toasted hazelnuts and black strap molasses, aged 13 months in rum barrels

Transient Artisan Ales – Lansing, MI

  • Brutus (2014) – spelt sour saison aged in bourbon barrels and cabernet sauvignon barrels, then blended back together

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing – Warrenville, IL

  • Testudo (2012) – biere de mars with lemongrass and green tea, Brettanomyces
  • Cabinet of Curiosities (for Filed Museum) (2014, 2015) – white IPA with pink peppercorns, toasted coriander and orange peel

Vander Mill Cider Company – Chicago, IL

  • Sweet 73 (2012) Cyser with honey from City Provisions bee hive and aged in Jack Daniels barrels

Wine Collaborations

Illinois Sparkling Co. & Rare Tea Cellar – Utica, IL

Accolades for Bride of Freak of Nature:

  • Governor’s Cup for Best Rosé Wine & Double Gold Medal & “Best of Category” – 2013 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition
  • Sweepstakes Award winner & “Best Sparkler” award & Gold Medal – 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – 2013 Indy International Wine Competition