Saison Harvest – a local-source wet-hop farmhouse ale.

Our Saison Harvest ale was brewed with 3 varieties of locally sourced fresh hops and supplemented with more fresh hops from QC which were hand delivered within 14 hours of harvesting. The Saison yeast is one that I’ve pampered and kept going for 3 years now, the two previous years at the Hart and Thistle. I’m excited to watch this yeast morph and grow over time as we tailor a new Maritime-style breed of Saison. BTW, the French translation of ‘Saison’ is ‘Season’ – originating in France and Belgium it’s a true seasonal ale typically brewed with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The beer is oh so spicy and tremendously refreshing, almost demanding you have another. The wet-hops shine through with floral, green, vegetal and spice notes reinforcing the spicy esters created through fermentation by this very special yeast. Time to enjoy the fruits of the season! BTW, I haven’t listed the IBUs since the fresh hops weren’t analyzed but I’d guess it to be in the 15 – 20 range.


Vital Stats:
Gravity – 10.8 P/1.043
IBUs ~ ??
Hop Rate –  2.5 lbs/bbl fresh/wet
ABV – 5.0 %
Hops – Cascade, Nugget, Hallertau, Mount Hood, Fuggle
Colour ~ 8.5 SRM
Malts – Pilsener, Pale Ale, White Wheat, Crystal 150, Crystal 15