The 6 Farmhouse Ales You Should Strive in 2021
Farmhouse ales, also known as Saisons, used to be brewed in farmhouses using locally sourced ingredients. They should quench a worker’s thirst during the warm summer months, and as such, many of these beers are low in ABV levels. Although most modern breweries are not on farms, this type of beer, often described as funky, fruity, and flavorful, has increased again. The following six beers are some of our current favorites.
Fonta Flora Brewery | errday
Errday. That’s how many times you want to drink this beer, a small culture with mixed cultures. With your eggs. On the weekend. Happy hour. It’s light (3.8 percent), crunchy, refreshing, and not so strong that if you “accidentally” have a lunch or two with your lunch, you can’t go back to work and end the rest of your day.
Bam beers | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
In the name of this beer, don’t let the pumpkin mislead you. This is not a pumpkin beer (the pumpkin is part of the brewery’s name). This beer is oak-aged, but what really pops out in the first sip is a bitter grapefruity taste; a little lemon too. Poured into a glass, this beer is light in color, has a large frothy head and, at 4.5 percent, is a great choice for a long night of fun.
XX Bitter | De tendril
The label suggests bitterness. So don’t be surprised if you take that first sip and get a sip of bitterness – you have been warned. That said, this beer is layered and even the inexperienced craft beer drinker should be able to spot notes of malt and caramel as well. This unfiltered and unpasteurized beer is sturdy – which means it goes well with strong cheese (think blue cheese or a spicy cheddar), roast beef, and a steak: things you would normally pair with wine. It’s pretty darn good in itself too.
Thiriez Extra | Brasserie Thiriez
You may have to do a little more research to find this beer. You won’t find it in a gas station cooler, and your local bottle store may not have it in stock either. But if you happen to come across it or one of the beers is from Thiriez, pick them up. You will not regret it. Especially when it comes to this farmer’s beer. It’s light, hoppy, balanced, and refreshing without being overly bitter.
XL Pale Ale | The Dolle Brouwers
Unfiltered. Referenced. Unique. Brewed in Belgium. This beer is a bit tart, which makes it feel refreshing. Oddly enough, its flavors also make for a slightly warming feeling. We have also included references to cloves and coriander. If you want your beers to be flavored this is a solid choice. X Pale Ale is a beer that is happy to be drunk all year round, but it’s one that we will rely heavily on to make it through the rest of the winter.
Spontaneous wild | Logsdon
If Logsdon’s domain name, farmhousebeers.com doesn’t tell you how committed they are to this type of beer, don’t pay attention. This brewery makes some of the best farmer’s beers in the country. We are enthusiastic about the Spontane Wilde and wish we could all participate in the pick-up or delivery at the roadside. As if there wasn’t enough to love the Pacific Northwest, now you can add this brewery, located northeast of Portland in Washougal, WA, to the list.
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