Summer of Saisons

Well, I have ants in my pants just THINKING about all the new seasonal beers I’ll try. Like, I threw on my jeans today and they were kind of itchy, and I thought about going to the awkward, oversized unisex bathroom to shake them out but then I just didn’t, and so I’ve been squirmy all day. So, I can only conclude that it’s just my J Brand’s telling me summer is right around the corner, and I need to gear up for an innumerable amount of Summer Ales and Saisons.

So I’ve been coming across some good looking beers; if not by peering through the frosty glass of Strawberry Street’s beer fridge, then through Daily Brew articles or by even doing my own due diligence. In my excitement, I aggregated a few brews I’m eager to get my paws on. Each beer has its own distinct reason why I chose it over another, may it be the brewery, the style, the can…And this just a short bucket list, which I hope to fulfill before summer actually even starts, which Google tells me is Friday, June 21.

1. Starr Hill’s Starr Saison, 6.0% – I’m a huge fan of Starr Hill beers, and I’m filled to the BRIM with excitement that they’ve brewed a Saison. So, this style originates from farmhouse breweries in Belgium, that’s why you might also see a beer of this style called a Farmhouse Ale. Apparently it’s pretty fruity with hints of earth, which I don’t doubt, seeing as their pumpkin ale tasted earthier as opposed to sweet pumpkin.

2. Legend Brewing Co.’s Lost City Saison – The brewpub just tapped this beer a few weeks ago, as a part of their Urban Legend rotation. Again, another brewery I’m very attached to, for it’s the oldest brewery in Central Virginia. It celebrated its 19th birthday this year, and is still the most widely distributed craft beer in the Richmond-area. Richmond is turning into a go-to destination for craft beer, which was initiated by the founders of Legend. In an effort to stay at the forefront of a suddenly competitive industry, they are launching their Urban Legend rotation. An’ thank GAWD a Saison was thrown into this mix.

3. Shipyard Brewing Co.’s Summer Ale, 4.8% – This has been in rotation every summer for a little while now, but now that it comes in a can, WHAT BETTER TO SHOTGUN WITH?!

4. 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, 4.9% – So this guy is brewed as a traditional wheat beer, but undergoes a secondary fermentation using some watermelons. I also feel like this would be good on draft, but I wanna get a hold of a 6-pack of cans.

5. Southern Tier’s Hop Sun, 5.1% – I’m hoping for a prominent hop profile on this one, while it is still a smooth Wheat Ale. I hear it’s a mix of citrus flavors with some lemongrass thrown in there somewhere; but since I’m SO OBSESSED (like, put Pumpking in an IV and let me sit in a pile of leaves and soak up the sweet sweet pumpkin juice that is their pumpkin blend) with their Pumpkin Ale, I’d like to give their summer rendition a try.

Lastly, Blue Bee Cider opened [their tasting room] in Richmond, and I am always down to clown with some cider! Only a few steps from Legend, I think a beer to cider tasting could turn into a repeated Sunday pleasure.