While we’ve been a little shy on variety lately, we’ve been in the midst of a heavy push to catch up from the decimation of inventory that occurred at our 2 year anniversary party. For the next few days, we’ll be catching up quickly, and hopefully maintaining an edge on demand. We’re brewing 5 days in a row this week, which means we’re kegging 5 beers in a row, and any current vacancies on the board, save for one, will be filled up by Saturday. Up next is our first saison in months. There is no better season in Seattle, if you ask me, than spring. A cascading roll of blooms surprise you each week, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms … then in your garden the hops and asparagus pop up (one of my hop varieties are 6 feet high already!), followed by the lawn suddenly needing weekly attention. On and on all the little buddies around the neighborhood start joining the party and then you have all of summer in front of you! There are more surprises in spring than any season, and to honor this, we’re naming our spring Saison after the notion of a lucky find.
Saison de Trouvaille is complex, using two strains of yeast to get typical dryness, with pepper, citrus and a tart finish. Clovey phenols are there, but restrained and subtle. We used a healthy dose of wheat, split with pilsner grains, and a pinch of dark carmel malt for complex body. Hops are subtle, and revolve around floral French Strisselspalt personality. It’s a more traditional farmhouse ABV at 5.5%, so it’s a terrific beer to have while tending your garden.
Tomorrow you can pick up a new Spring Pale Ale, Friday you’ll see the return of West Coast IPA, then CDA comes back Saturday. As for the taplist at this very moment, it goes a little something like this:
- Rye IPA
- West Coast IPA … OUT (back Friday)
- Imperial IPA
- Spring Pale … OUT (back Thursday)
- Wheated Red Ale
- Cascadian Dark Ale … OUT (back Saturday)
- Oatmeal Stout on nitro
- Saison de Trouvaille
- ‘Merican Rye
- nothing 🙁
- Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer