no. 255

Jesse Ferguson is the co-founder and head brewer at Brooklyn's Interboro Spirits & Ales. A veteran of NYC’s underground hip-hop scene, he opened Interboro some six months ago after cutting his teeth at places like Carton and Other Half. 

But before he was a brewer, he was a DJ and part of influential record label Definitive Jux, founded by one Jaime Meline, who’s better known as the rapper El-P, and best known these days as half of the world-dominating rap duo Run the Jewels. El-P and his partner, Killer Mike, are three albums in to what's already a wall-puncher of a catalog.

So when the idea came up to have some bespoke beer for RTJ's run of New York City shows, Interboro was a natural choice. Stay G-O-L-D, a 6% IPA, carries its punchy hop flavor front and center. It's cloudy and soft, with a healthy dose of up-front bitterness. The beer was specially created for the shows, but its can release was also timed nicely to New York City’s Beer Week, which is going on right now.

—Cory Smith