Founded in Cibolo, Texas in March 2013, 5 Stones Artisan Brewery is housed in a 1,200-square-foot building in the city’s industrial park. The brewery is the brainchild of Seth Weatherly, an avid homebrewer who brews his beers using fresh local ingredients on a small system three to four times a month.
The 5 Stones website has more to say about the brewery’s focus:
Our focus is on creatively-brewed beers and rely on seasonal produce and fruits as well as interesting spices to augment our brews. We release a variety of beers to a loose seasonal schedule and are beholden to nothing other than pleasing the taste buds of adventurous beer drinkers.
Released at the beginning of October last year, Melo Rainbow is a 6 percent ABV saison brewed with locally-sourced cantaloupe as well as rainbow peppercorn. The beer is packaged in 750ml bottles, and is the second saison that 5 Stones has released thus far, after its Zero Anniversary one-off in 2013.
The 5 Stones Melo Rainbow pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy, off white head that slowly dissipates into a thick lacing that sticks around for quite a while. Visually, there seems to be plenty of carbonation present, and aroma from the glass is a combination of wheat, sweet malt, horse blanket funk, stone fruit, grass and slight pepper.
Taking my first sip of the 5 Stones Melo Rainbow, and there is definitely some sweet melon present on the palate, although it is relatively faint to start. There are other notes of fresh-cut grass, lemon citrus, wheat and floral. While I am noticing some pepper, it is a very slight note and really only noticeable on the finish. Carbonation is surprisingly low considering what is visible in the glass, although prickly when it hits my tongue. As it warms, the sweet melon becomes more noticeable, but it is never a very strong and never comes close to overwhelming the combination of other flavors that are present.