Pollination (North Country Hard Cider)

Style: Semi-Dry Cyser 7.8% ABV Cidery’s Note: “Pollination is an heirloom cider fermented with orchard blossom honey from Cooper Farms in West Paris, Maine. It’s 7.8% abv, semi-dry, complex and delicious, with the perfect amount of rich honey flavor.” The cider pours out clear, clean, and brightly colored, somewhere between straw yellow and gold. A slight fizzle of scrim forms as a ring around the … Continue reading Pollination (North Country Hard Cider)

Disco Pig #1: Brown Brett Braggot (Black Hog Brewing Company)

Style: Mixed Fermentation Braggot 6.0% ABV IBU’s: 18 Other: 200 lbs. Honey Yeasts: Belgian Saison, Brettanomyces Bottled On 08/17/14 From: Oxford, CT Brewery’s Note: “This beer started its life as a brown ale that just wanted to be a bit more. Our farmer Rally, who picks up spent grains also happens to have a pretty thriving bee business. He transports his hives from state to … Continue reading Disco Pig #1: Brown Brett Braggot (Black Hog Brewing Company)

Nordic Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewing Company, Cambridge Brewing Company, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing)

Style: American Saison brewed w/ honey, heather, rose hips, rhubarb and wheat. 6.0% ABV (?) From: Greensborough, VT Brewery’s Note: “This farmhouse ale was brewed at Hill Farmstead with our friend and mentor Anders Kissmeyer (Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing) and our longtime friend Will Meyers (Cambridge Brewing Co.). Inspired by our guests and their journeys, this beer was brewed with the resourcefulness and inventiveness of the Nordic tradition, … Continue reading Nordic Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewing Company, Cambridge Brewing Company, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing)

Anna (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Style: Bière de Miel 6.5% ABV OG: 14º P Ingredients: Pale Malt, American and European Hops, Vermont Wildflower Honey, Ale Yeast, and HF Well Water. Brewery’s Note: “Anna (1902 – ? ) was our grandfather’s sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Honey Saison is crafted from American malted barley, … Continue reading Anna (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Rite of Spring (Enlightenment Ales)

Style: Wild Saison with Honey 6.8% ABV From: Everett, Ma Brewery’s Note: “Igor Stravinskis’ Le Sacre du Printemps celebrates both the rebirth and bounty of spring as well as exploring the savagery of human superstition and ritual. With this masterpiece in mind I brewed a Rustic Saison using wild yeast and local honey. Like its musical and vernal inspiration, Rite of Spring is characterized by both delicacy … Continue reading Rite of Spring (Enlightenment Ales)

Honey Saison (Almanac Beer Company)

Style: Saison brewed with honey 4.8% ABV From: San Francisco, CA Brewer’s Note: “Our Honey Saison is a beer for all seasons. Brewed with Bay Area honey from Marshall Farms, wheat, California two-row barley, French oak and fresh, local ginger root for a hint of spice. Balanced with earthy Mount Hood and Saaz hops, this is a refreshing brew enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal … Continue reading Honey Saison (Almanac Beer Company)

Brother Adam’s Honey Bragget Ale (Atlantic Brewing Company)

Style: Braggot ABV: 10.5% Hops: Pilgrim, Wye Goldings Malts: Pale, Black, Munich Yeast: Nottingham, Champagne Brewer’s Note: “Our bragget is named for Brother Adams, a monk from Buckfast Abbey who is credited with saving the bee industry. Braggets were virtually extinct as a style when we decided to try out our recipe. This type of ale was traditionally brewed in Wales where honey was used to increase the fermentable … Continue reading Brother Adam’s Honey Bragget Ale (Atlantic Brewing Company)

Bee Tea (Night Shift Brewing)

Style: American Wheat Herb/Spiced Ale brewed with sweet orange peel and orange blossom honey. Aged on organic, loose, gunpowder tea leaves (i.e. Style Unknown) 8.5% ABV Batch #9 Bottled On: 7/16/13 From: Everett, MA Brewer’s Note: “Bee Tea is our cross-pollination of two classic beverages – green tea with honey, and the Belgian-style wheat ale. Strong aromas of orange and honey lead into a flavor that’s … Continue reading Bee Tea (Night Shift Brewing)

Hoped Blueberry Maple (Sap House Meadery)

Style: Hopped Mead 14.6 % ABV   What? A mead review? Yes, it’s time that mead had its day among the fermentable drinks, and I am giving it one.  This mead was brewed in Ossipee New Hampshire by the folks at Sap House Meadery, who have won quite a few awards for their mead and seem to have the art of mead making down.  This is … Continue reading Hoped Blueberry Maple (Sap House Meadery)