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Dogfish Head introduces new saison for summer

PrintSam Calgione of Dogfish Head Brewing Company has always been a rebel in the craft beer industry. His brews are creative, intriguing and often confounding. Beers brewed at the brewery often contain exotic ingredients like rooibos tea from Africa, grape juice infected with noble rot and doum-palm fruit. Not your everyday beer ingredients.

For the summer season, the brewery has introduced a new beer with even more unusual ingredients. Biere De Provence, is a saison brewed with lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil as a nod to the aromatic herbs used in Southern French cuisine.

To learn more abut the brewery’s summer offerings, read the full press release below:

MILTON, DE (April 27, 2016) — Dogfish Head is proudly celebrating 21-years of boycotting the Reinheitsgebot. Highlighting a commitment to creating off-centered ales with creative and unexpected ingredient and flavor combinations, Dogfish Head has curated an ‘Off-centered Summer’ releasing three beers that pair perfectly with the sweaty months.

Brand new for 2016 is  an ode to Dogfish Head’s celebrated tradition of creating culinary-focused brews. Inspired by the aromatic and flavorful Herbs de Provence of Southern France, this complex and refreshing Saison was brewed with lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil. Fermented using a Belgian yeast strain, the golden amber beer clocks in at 8.3% ABV and 30 IBUs, and will be available on taps and retail shelves beginning late May.

Back by popular demand and also available beginning late May is Festina Peche, Dogfish Head’s tart summer session sour brewed with peach juice. This neo-Berliner Weisse is unique in that the fruit complexity is woven into the aroma and taste through the natural fermentation of the peach sugars. No need to doctor this beer with fruit wedges – just open and enjoy! The pale straw-colored brew clocks in at 4.5% ABV and 8 IBUs, making for a unique and highly sessionable summer beer.

Continuing Dogfish’s commitment to the art community, Festina Peche’s label features original custom illustrations by Drew Millward. Millward’s art has been featured on iconic labels, posters and apparel for clients such as Nike, Foo Fighters and Phish. He also created the labels of three other Dogfish seasonal beers this year, interpreting the flavors of each beer into eye-catching and intricate works of art.

“We are proud to release these two culinary ingredient-infused beers on the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot,” says Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione. “We have always believed this law is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship.”

Rounding out the Off-centered Summer releases is Namaste, the summer brew bursting with good karma. The Belgian-style Witbier quenches thirst with every sip, filling the palate with notes of dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and coriander. Clocking in at 4.8% ABV and 20 IBUs, this beer is an ideal session beer for hot days in the sun. Dogfish Head fans have also been known to mix Namaste with orange juice to create a “beermosa,” perfect for summertime brunches. Namaste is available on taps and retail shelves year-round.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Summer time is saison season

Saison is a Belgian style of beer that was originally developed to refresh farm hands during the late summer harvests. Today it is just a darn tasty beer that can be enjoyed anytime. Look for great brews like Saison DuPont from Belgium, Saison du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewing in Gainesville, Dragonglass Black Saison from Intuition Ale Works locally in Jacksonville, and the elusive Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

Last year, on I Know Jax, we aired a segment on Saisons. We thought it would be fitting to the start of summer to give you the opportunity to watch it again. Please remember to tune in to CW17 on Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. (if not pre-empted by Sharks football) and 12:00 midnight for new episodes and new Beer Guy segments!

And do not forget to check out http://www.jaxbeerguy.com for access to the Jax Beer Guy blog, upcoming events, information on beer classes, and more I Know Jax video segments of the Beer Guy.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Beer Styles

 

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“I Know Jax” video, Summer is for Saison

The newest episode of “I Know Jax” with me, The Beer Guy, is out. View it here and now!

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Beer, Beer Education, Beer Styles, Belgian

 

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Sierra Nevada Continues Production of Heavenly Ales

Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel

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Earlier this year I wrote with much enthusiasm about a new venture that Sierra Nevada Brewing was embarking on; a collaboration with the Trappist monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA known as the Ovila series. The partnership was to produce three brews this year; a Saison, a Dubbel, and a Quad. Both the Saison and Dubbel have been released and both are excellent. The Saison is lemony and refreshing as a Saison should be while the Dubbel is rich with plum flavors.

The Quad, which is just now being released, promises to be just as wonderful as the other releases in this series. Bill Manley, Sierra Nevada’s director of communications, describes Ovila Quad as “kind of figgy, with a rum-raisin aroma, but finishing quite dry.”

For those not in the know, a Quadrupel brew is a style originated by De Koningshoeven Brewery in the Netherlands, the only Trappist brewing abbey not in Belgium. According to the beer styles guide for the Great American Beer Festival competition, the style is:

“…characterized by the immense presence of alcohol and balanced flavor, bitterness and aromas. Its color is deep amber to rich chestnut/garnet brown. Often characterized by a mousse-like dense, sometimes amber head will top off a properly poured and served quad. Complex fruity aroma and flavor emerge reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes, plums often accompanied with a hint of winy character. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness. Though well attenuated it usually has a full, creamy body. Hop characters do not dominate; low to low-medium bitterness is perceived. Perception of alcohol can be extreme. Clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident.” Another trait of the style is a high alcohol content usually above 10% ABV. This style is sometimes called Grand Cru, as well.

The Ovila Series was begun to assist the monks in raising funds to restore the chapter house of the Santa Maria de Ovila monastery formerly of Trillo, Spain which served as an assembly hall for Cistercian monks for more than 800 years. History, though, was not kind to the Abbey and over the years a series of wars, fires, and ransackings reduced the Monastery to being used as agricultural storage – the Chapter House, to store manure. In 1931 some of the stone blocks of the Chapter house were sold to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, but the project he had in mind never came to fruition, so the blocks lay unused in San Francisco for decades.

In 2003 the ground was broken on the site of an orchard at the Abbey of New Clairvaux to rebuild the Chapter House. In 2010 Sierra Nevada, under the Ovila Abbey brand name, began producing Belgian-style beers to assist in funding the restoration.

Even though the final stone will be placed in just a few weeks, there is still a lot to be done before the Chapter House is fully0restored. Because of this, Sierra Nevada has extended its support into 2012. In an article by the Washington Post, Manley says the brewery plans to rerelease the Ovila Dubbel year-round in four-packs of corked, 375-ml (12.7-ounce) bottles. Sierra Nevada also will release two more limited-edition Ovila beers in the larger format: a Belgian-style strong golden ale and a version of the quad, aged in brandy barrels.

I anticipate getting a bottle of the Quad in the next day or so. I am looking forward to trying it and letting you know my thoughts. Based on the track record of Sierra Nevada, I am convinced it will be nothing short of heavenly.

Until next time,

Long Live the Brewers!

Cheers!

Marc Wisdom

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Beer, Beer Styles, Belgian, Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Cigar City New Brews Coming Soon

For all of you who went to the Cigar City/St. Somewhere Beer Dinner at Kickback’s and are ready for more, check out the new brews coming out of Cigar City soon!

“Coming soon, two great beers that couldn’t be more different! Humidor Imperial Stout is giant and incredibly complex as the cedar adds unique characteristics to the base Russian Imperial Stout. Table Saison is a light offering, a nod to the Flemish farmers who wanted a nice refreshing beer after a hard day’s work. Simple but still quite unique and very quaffable! Both released soon.”

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Beer, Beer News, Beer Styles

 

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