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Saison du Buff – Dogfish Head Brewery, Stone Brewing Company & Victory Brewing Company (2012)

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Saison du Buff is an interesting trio of beers much like the three breweries who crafted each version. Born out of the formation of the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for the Freedom of Flavor) in 2003 these beers were a long time coming. This group was comprised of Sam Calagione, Bill Covaleski and Greg Koch. The goal of BUFF was to highlight the “passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement”, at least according to the Dogfish Head Brewery website. It was three young brewers trying something bold and building upon something that had been slowly growing since Jack McAuliffe first opened New Albion Brewing Company in 1976. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 28th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

The Perfect Crime – Evil Twin Brewing/Stillwater Artisanal Ales/Stone Brewing Co. (2012)

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The Perfect Crime is a collaboration brew between Evil Twin Brewing, Stillwater Artisinal Ales & Stone Brewing Co. Having brewed a stout/saison hybrid ourselves a few months back, and participating in a collaboration of our own yesterday which unexpectedly evolved into brewing a dark saison, we figured this was a perfect time to break out The Perfect Crime (slow clap…).

Though this beer was released in November of 2012, we didn’t crack it open until recently so the bottle had almost a year and a half of age to it. It pours with a clear, dark body that had deep ruby and garnet highlights throughout when held to the light. The small, cream colored head is thin but the lacing stays up even as the beer sits. The aroma is a bit on the funky side, with several components coming from the glass at once. Up front, it is heavy on the licorice/anise which then gives way to Belgian, yeast heavy spiced notes. The yeast is very prevalent and has a creamy, yogurt like scent. On top of everything else there is subtle chocolate, coffee and smoke throughout. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 10th, 2014 at 7:37 am

Saider: Let the Great Experiment Begin!

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You: What’s a Saaiiideer?

Us: Saider (SAI-DER) is a saison brewed using apple cider instead of water. When that finished fermenting it was a little acetic so we balanced it with a black currant and pinot noir pyment.

You: That sounds weird.

Us: It is. Want to try it?

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We think that will be how most exchanges will go when people first come up to try Saider (remember it’s pronounced SAI-DER). The idea to brew a beer but use apple cider instead of water was unique enough but when the resulting brew turned out more acetic then some of us would like balancing it out with a pyment seemed like a good idea. So now we have a beverage that literally is comprised of three different drinks. This is the definition of experimentation. Let the Great Experiment BEGIN! keep reading...

Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival & Farmer’s Market – January 25 2014

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It’s that time of the year again. Get ready to drink some lightly carbonated, near room temperature beer! The fourth annual Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival and Farmer’s Market is being held Saturday January, 25th 2014. This event has both professional and home brewers pouring their wares from, you guessed it, casks.

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For those who may not know a cask is literally a container for beer. To that you might reply, “Obviously”, to which we say well smarty pants did you know that cask conditioned ale has been christened (along with bottle conditioned beer) as “Real Ale” by CAMARA (the Campaign for Real Ale)? Cask conditioned beer served from casks is a traditional method of serving beer. Patrons used to belly up to the bar and order a flagon of ale which was poured directly from the cask/container. keep reading...

Homebrewing a Stout + Saison

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Kevin is a saison man. Alicia is a stout lady. Though both have been known to stray from these styles and enjoy the wide spectrum that craft beer has to offer, they always come back to their tried and true favorite. Inevitably, this has caused it’s fair share of problems within the Beer Loves Company household. There have been many a cold night where Kevin will crack open a Saison Du Pont, eager to pour it into two glasses, only to have Alicia say she “isn’t thirsty” and is going to bed. The empty bottles of Old Rasputin Kevin finds hidden in the trash the next morning, however, tell a different story. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 16th, 2014 at 2:21 pm