Friday, January 28, 2005

Ooh la la saison

Seems like the next wave in craft beer trends may be upon us. Maybe it's just good marketing on part of the Belgians, or maybe the Americans who've embraced the craft brewing movement are finally tired of the "bitterer is betterer" trend in mega-IBU domestics. Excellent farmhouse ales have been slowly making appearances not only in specialty stores, but on the menus in more adventurous restaurants, brewpub "seasonal" specialties, and the press. What better time to get my grubby little hands on the newly minted book by Phil Markowski, Farmhouse Ales. It's surprising though, that although it gets a nod in the book, Brewery Ommegang's Hennepin isn't mentioned in the above NY Times article, as Cooperstown's own saison is easily a world-class contender in the same league as Saison DuPont or Fantome.


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