Saison

de Garde Brewing Saison Cinquieme

In the small world of online beer message boards there are a few breweries that have been vaulted to mythical status due to the hype surrounding their beers. Hill Farmstead on the east coast and Cantillon in Belgium are the first two that come to mind. There is another brewery located in the Pacific Northwest that is quickly gaining the momentum to be on that list. de Garde Brewing in Tillamook Ore.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company Provisions

Just a few years ago I would walk into a bottle shop and I would get excited if there was a beer I hadn’t tried before. Now a days, every time I walk into a bottle shop I can always find something new that I have yet to enjoy. A few months back I was slowly wondering the aisles of my local bottle shop and noticed a saison from Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. I had never had anything from the brewery and I love saisons so I decided to pick one up a bottle of Provisions. On my way to the register I got distracted by a few bottles of Fantome Saison and decided that Provisions would have to wait.

The Collective Brewing Project Tropic Thunder Saison

As I have mentioned in previous reviews saisons are one of my favorite styles of beer. To me the saison can represent such a wide range of flavors from hoppy to funky to sweet and even sour. But the one thing that most saisons have in common is that earthy yeast driven flavor that I can’t get enough of. Generally, when wandering the isles of my local bottle shop I tend to lean towards saisons that are finished with brettanomyces over offerings that are brewed with brewers yeast alone. I find that many of the “clean fermented” saisons tend to finish a little sweet and lack complexity. I am not saying this is always the case but just a very general observation that tends to guide my beer purchases. This preconceived notion led me to be a touch hesitant when penciling in today’s review.

Brasserie St. James Daily Wages

Although it has only been open for a little over two years, Reno-based Brasserie St. James has already made a name for itself, having won Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. In addition, Brasserie St. James brewers Josh Watterson and Matt Watterson were named Mid-Size Brewers of the Year and three of its beers received medals: Daily Wages (gold), The Third Man (gold) and Bamberg Rauchbier (silver.)

Crooked Stave Surette

Sour beers and wild ales seem to be exploding in popularity here in the United States in recent years. While many of them are almost an afterthought by already established beer makers, several breweries are making their mark on the craft beer industry by either specializing in or exclusively brewing beers with some type of wild yeast or souring bacteria.