Saison d’Etre: Celebration of Brews Crafted In Farmhouse Tradition

Monday, March 05, 2012 - 6 PM
1337 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, USA 20005


March used to be a time for farmhands to brew with a vengeance. They’d cellar their ales in nearby caves to be exhumed and consumed during the summer season when heat and farm work stood in the way of brewing fresh beer. Since refrigeration came onto the scene, seasonality no longer determines brewing methods or times, but thankfully, the flavor possibilities inherent in such Saisons have not been lost. The art of farmhouse brewing has informed a new generation of craft brewers to recreate, reimagine, and reinvent this family of brews.

On March 5, we celebrate Saison d’Etre with the newest, rarest, and most alluring Saisons, 15 in all, to represent the wide spectrum of flavors. There will be funky Saisons, including the rare Sasuga Saison from our old friends at the young Oxbow Brewing Company in Maine, as well as Elysian Brewing Company’s The Perfesser (brewed with plums and spiked with Brettanomyces), and some fresh Saison de Lente from The Bruery.

We’ll also have Saisons spiced with botanicals, like the new Stillwater Kopstootje (brewed both as a deconstruction of Bols Genever and as the perfect accompaniment). A pair from Italy: L’Olmaia Karkade (Tuscan Saison with Hibiscus) and Piccolo Seson (Ligurian Saison with Chinotto). And finally Allagash Saison Mihm (brewed with Juniper, Lemongrass and local honey).

We’ll also tap a handful of what might today be considered "classic", dry Saison. Though these brews were once crafted out of necessity, they now make for essential drinking!

Oxbow Sasuga Saison
Elysian Brewing Company The Perfesser
Stillwater Kopstootje
L’Olmaia Karkade
Piccolo Seson
Stillwater Premium
Allagash Saison Mihm
Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale
Hof Ten Dormaal & Stillwater Bronze Age
Stillwater As Follows
The Bruery Saison de Lente
Hof Ten Dormaal Blonde
Stillwater Cellar Door
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
Hof Ten Dormaal Winter 12

Cost: Free

Contact Info

Greg Engert


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