Half Moon Bay Brewery used a Peruvian herb called Cat’s Claw, combined with honey, ginger and Hibiscus flowers, and a Belgian Saison yeast that adds a spicy kick to the finish.
Saison or Farmhouse Ale
Meaning 'season' in French, Saisons were typically given to farm workers during the summer months to hydrate because the water wasn't potable. Hence they're also known as Farmhouse Ales. They are quite complex with lots of spice and fruitiness due to the special yeasts used. The spice profiles are varied including peppercorn, coriander, ginger, anise, orange, clove, vanilla, and more. They have a tartness that is characteristic as well.
- ABV: Medium to high alcohol
- Color: Pale to light brown
- Glassware: Stemware
- Temperature: 45-55 oF
- Food Pairing: Farmhouse Ales go with farmhouse foods: roasted chicken with garlic and herbs, stews, funky cheeses