Topic Archives: Saisons

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater Cool Breeze Cucumber Saison, two firsts for the brewery

SweetWater Cool Breeze

SweetWater Cool Breeze is on deck for warmer weather.

Never has the Atlanta, Georgia based brewery canned a saison, nor brewed with cucumber. Two firsts with this release. The brewery has seen great success with subtle additions of fruit to their seasonal offerings, and is looking to continue the trend with this refreshing cucumber saison.

RELATED: SweetWater Debuts 20th Anniversary this weekend

A fresh and refreshing way to find that chill spot this summer. This cucumber flavored Belgian-style saison is light in body and laid back in spirit. Notes of fresh cucumber and lime flavors come through in this hazy golden summer crusher.

SweetWater Cool Breeze will be a 12 ounce can and draft offering. All details are tentative, as the brewery has not yet announced this release.

Style: Saison (w/ Cucumbers)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft. (Tentative)
Debut: TBA

4.9% ABV

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Posted in Coming Soon, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing Serpent Bite upgraded to year-round status

Orpheus Brewing Serpent Bite can

Orpheus Brewing Serpent Bite, one of the brewery’s original launch beers, is now available year-round.

The Atlanta, Georgia based brewery first canned Serpent Bite in May of 2016. The base beer is a saison fermented with a French saison yeast, and soured with the brewery’s house Lactobacillus bacteria culture. With this addition brewery has two year round sour ales in cans

Just as the Serpent Bite and loss of Eurydice was the catalyst for Orpheus’s journey, our love for hops and sour beers was the catalyst for Orpheus Brewing. Serpent Bite is a dry-hopped, sour saison, with a tart bite, and notes of orange and tropical fruit.

Orpheus Brewing Serpent Bite is a draft and 12 ounce can offering, year-round.

Style: Saison
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Pekko
Malt: Two Row barley, White Wheat
Yeast: House Lactobacillus Mother, French saison yeast

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round
Original Debut (Cans): May, 2016

6.0% ABV

Posted in Duclaw Brewing, New Releases

IPA/Farmhouse hybrid: DuClaw Farmhouse Gypsy

DuClaw Farmhouse Gypsy

DuClaw Farmhouse Gypsy, a riff on the brewery’s flagship India pale ale, Neon Gypsy, debuts in February.

Using Neon Gypsy’s hop and grain bill, the Maryland based brewery introduced a saison yeast during the fermentation process. The result is a farmhouse  ale / IPA hybrid.

This medium-bodied hybrid of IPA and Saison is pale amber with a crisp mouthfeel and moderately strong 7.3% ABV. Grapefruit, citrus, and pine combine with the dusty, peppery character of Saison yeast for a flavor profile that is truly the best of both brews.

DuClaw Farmhouse Gypsy is available on draft starting February 1st, 2017. 12 ounce bottles will follow the coming weeks.

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 2/1/17

7.3% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Flying Dog Brewing, New Releases

Beer & Civil War history meet in Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady American Saison debuts this month. A follow-up to another recent “historical” collaboration.

Last year, the Frederick, Maryland based brewery debuted Saw Bones, a beer inspired by the American Civil War.  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in Flying Dog’s hometown – with an amazing story to tell.

Frederick, Maryland is right on the Mason-Dixon Line. During the very bloody war (over 600,000 died) both the Union and the Confederacy marched through the town during the Maryland campaigns. Ultimately, the town became home to several hospitals. The first release, Saw Bones, was an homage to the horrific amputations that frequently occurred during the war.

In this sequel, Flying Dog Dragon Lady honors the work of Dorothea “Dragon Lady” Dix. During the war, she served as the Superintendent of Nurses in the Union army. She was described as being fierce, compassionate, and stubborn; while working tireless to improve the welfare of the patients around her. After the war broke out in 1861, Dix convinced the army to create the first female nursing corps. She was very strict (it IS wartime), earning her the “dragon lady” moniker.

As for Flying Dog Dragon Lady, the base beer is a saison, brewed with wintergreen. The scrub has been used in medicine thanks to its “antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and carminative properties”, as well as its ability to kill pain.

Flying Dog Dragon Lady will be available in 12 ounce bottles at both the brewery, and select northern Virginia locations.

Style: Saison (w/ Wintergreen)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Limited.
Debut: January, 2017

5.4% ABV

Posted in Maui Brewing Company, Seasonal Return, The Lost Abbey

Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison, brewed with Lost Abbey

Maui Lemongrass Saison

What started as a collaboration in 2013 with Lost Abbey is head to shelves again this month – Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison.

Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur mentions that a simple saison with lemongrass was a recipe he always wanted to create, but honestly, never got around to making. Hawaii’s Maui Brewing stepped in and helped make this beer a reality.

RELATED: Maui releases POG IPA

Simple recipe it may be, but neither of these breweries skimp on flavor. The Belgian-style saison uses 200 pounds of locally grown lemongrass.

Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,”

Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison is back in action starting Friday, January 6th, in 12 ounce cans and draft.

Style: Saison (w/ Lemongrass)
Hops: El Dorado, Cascade
Malts: Oats, Pilsner

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017

5.2% ABV 

Posted in Headlines, Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand is introducing new “Les Quatre” saison series in 2017

Left Hand Les Quartres Series

Colorado based Left Hand Brewing is introducing a new saison series dubbed “Les Quatre” in 2017.

This fall, the brewery introduced 12 ounce cans for the first time, starting with Milk Stout, Fade to Black and Extrovert IPA. Next year, the brewery will add 16 ounce cans to the lineup, as well as a new series of seasonal saisons.

Each release will debut with the turning the season, brewed with local Colorado ingredients. Saison au Miel, brewed with wildflower honey will be first.

Other saisons will include Saison au Bledeminuit (brewed with midnight wheat), Saison Au Genievre (with juniper berries), and Saison Aux Baies Ameres (with chokeberries). Chokeberries, often called aronia berries, are very distinct in flavor, often described as sour and slightly bitter. The result will most likely be quite a memorable saison.

Expect the first Left Hand Les Quatre Series release to debut in March, 2017 in 16 ounce cans (4 packs).

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King Estival Dichotomous, the taste of summer

Jester King Estival Dichotomous, the brewery’s summer saison returns to the world again today.

Jester King has two seasonal saisons – Hibernal Dichotomous and Estival Dichotomous. Depending on the temperature and season, the brewery changes how the beer is brewed, from fermentation, to available ingredients.

The 2016 edition features grapefruit and tangelo zest, that was added to mature barrel-aged sour beer. Then the beer was blended with citrus zest and young beer that was fermented in stainless steel. The final step – refermenting the blend with marion blackberries.

Estival Dichotomous is an analog for the summer season. It’s a beer that’s evocative of the summer weather and its bounty, particularly the smells of hay resting in the fields late in the season.

Jester King Estival Dichotomous will be released at Jester King Brewery on Friday, November 4th, at 4 pm.

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale (w/ Grapefruit. Tangelo ZestBlackberries. Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. 3,000 bottles produced
Latest Release: 11/4/2016

5.1% ABV