Summertime means hot weather, packed patios and cold beers.
Edmonton’s longest lasting micro-brewery, Alley Kat, which has been brewing since 1995, recently perfected Belgian farmhouse-style ale with Saison D'Être, a gold beer made with French yeast and containing citrus and pepper notes.
Previously Alley Kat’s summer ales have really emphasized fruit flavours, such as the local favourite Brewberry, a blueberry-infused drink, and Summer Ale, with grapefruit and orange notes (not to mention, its apricot-flavoured flagship, the Aprikat).
But this season’s concoction has more kick from the pepper, which comes right after the refreshing citrus. The spice tingles along the back of your tongue as the citrus works in the front. It's almost like drinking nacho chips, only not revolting.
The Saison D’Etre Farmhouse Ale flavours complement each other well, while never overpowering the beer.
So, do yourself a favour this summer. Head down to the brewery, or find yourself a patio that serves Alley Kat, such as Blue Plate Diner, or pick up a big bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor, and relax with this farmhouse ale.