San Diego is world renowned for producing amazingly high quality beer that has encouraged new comers to be creative and push beer style limits to new heights.
San Diego’s legacy breweries like Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company and AleSmith Brewing Company have a stellar reputation for brewing consistently great craft beers over nearly a century, collectively.
(San Diego, CA) – Today, Mike and Lisa Hinkley, Co-Founders of California-based Green Flash Brewing Co. and Dominique Friart, CEO of traditional Belgian-based Brewery St-Feuillien are excited to announce news about the evolution of their ongoing, cross-continental brewing alliance. These innovative breweries have made the strategic decision to advance their relationship from creatively collaborative “sister-breweries” to pioneer new territory as production partners in Europe.
The pour is a clear orange/amber with flocculent frothy head and plenty of tiny bubbles wriggling from the glass. Hay-like grassiness and flowery notes rise from the glass, then transcend into an abundance of spicy smells. A hint of apples and dried cherries is also present. Incredibly complex.
The taste is slightly earthy, with peach cobbler hidden behind the mountain of apples. As the beer warms, more sugar comes out, with some caramel notes. It is smooth drinking with the right amount of carbonation and effervescence, with a slightly dry finish.
In a way, it really epitomizes the Belgian Pale style, but with a kick. It tastes like an accomplishment.
"Referring to a former saison beer from neighboring Flobecq, it has some farmyard and iron touches."
- The Beer Book
According to the website: This beer which was brewed according to the original 1884 recipe and under the guidance of retired brewer Mr Léon Voisin, brasseur retraité, is amber coloured and has a strength of 5% abv.
Refreshing, with a light touch of bitternes and fruitiness, Saison Voisin is produced by top fermentation. It is unfiltered and is refermented in bottle.
COOPERSTOWN, NY (March 2011) - The cheerful gnomes of Belgian farmstead Brasserie d 'Achouffe dropped by the Brewery Ommegang farmstead brewery in the summer of 2010. They brought with them a typically gnomic idea: why not co-create a totally new beer to bridge both farmsteads across the Atlantic Ocean?
Tukwila, WA (July 2010) - Merchant du Vin and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery are proud to announce the upcoming arrival of the new vintage of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo - look for it starting in August, 2010.
KANSAS CITY, MO (January 2010) Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest's largest craft brewer, today announced the unveiling of a new, limited release collaboration beer. Only 11,000 750ml bottles of Collaboration No. 1, an Imperial Pilsner, will make it to store shelves throughout the brewery's entire distribution area. The beer is the first in Boulevard's Smokestack Collaboration Series, a collection that combines the experience and expertise of celebrated brewers to produce a single unique batch of beer.
Seattle, WA (September 23, 2009) - This is the 20th year that the arrival of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale has heralded shorter days and the end of the warm months - Winter Welcome was the first imported winter seasonal beer, first brought to the US in 1990.
Revered as one of the best beer festivals ever and sold out months prior to the festivities, Firestone Invitational Beer Fest was born from a dream of creating a world class festival featuring not only the best brewers in the world, but brewers whom they feel are leading the craft.
And having now experienced the beer festival among festivals in Paso Robles, I wholeheartedly agree.