If you didn’t already know it, and if you need me to remind you, Fibonacci is absolutely one of a kind. They buck all the trends and lean hard into what makes them unique at every chance. It’s one of the reasons that I love them as much as I do.

I’ve been bad about my beer blogging duties, so it might come as news for you to hear that they “recently” hired a new head brewer, which can be stressful for longtime fans of a brand. We fear change. Hopefully, this news will showcase precisely why Alex Rhinehart was the perfect fit for the beloved, local-focused, nano-brewery.

How The Beer Came To Be

This collaborative effort between Alex and the Southern Ohio Chestnut Company (yeah, it’s a thing) started because of a conversation that he struck up with chestnut grower and Route 9 Chestnut Cooperative member Amy Miller.

They were knee-deep in a conversation about the rich history of brewing with chestnuts and couldn’t shake the idea that there was a ton of potential for a revival of chestnut beers in today’s craft beer world.

The idea was born, and Castanea No. 9 is the result of Alex showing exactly why, in my mind, he belongs at Fibonacci. It didn’t take long before, with the support of Rural Action and the Appalachian Staple Food Collaborative, things were in motion for a unique chestnut beer.

About Castanea No.9

This beer is the first in a line of chestnut-related brewing experiments, and the brewery hopes it will be an absolute hit among their already dedicated fans and a wider net of craft beer drinkers ready to experience the stuff that makes Fibonacci who they are.

The beer is a brown ale. It’s also a showcase of the community and a salute to the chestnut tree that only a place like Fibonacci could pull off in the way it can. While I haven’t had a chance to try it yet (make sure you’re following me on social media to see my thoughts when I do), from what I’m hearing, it’s light and easy drinking – with a smooth nuttiness that stands up in the middle of the brew.

It’s available on tap in the Fibonacci taproom right now for you to snag – and I think you probably should… it’s the best way to get the bigger picture.

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