Hill Farmstead Brewery operated by Shaun Hill in Greensboro, Vermont is one of the most highly praised breweries in the craft beer circle. Their beers, from juicy Pale Ales to tart oaky Saisons, are clamored for by beer geeks across the U.S.A and internationally. One of their more elusive beers, Ann (a wine barrel aged honey Saison), was recently released for only the second time in bottles since they’ve been in operation.
Oxbow Brewing Company out of Newcastle, Maine is a relatively new brewery to me. I’ve heard about them through various conversations and online forum postings, but only had the opportunity to try a few of their beers within the past month. I acquired a bottle of their Stillbow Oxtisanal, a collaboration with Oxbow and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. This is billed as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale aged in blueberry wine barrels for 20 months.
Tired Hands, the small local brewery that is gaining much attention from beer geeks everywhere, recently released their bottled Guillemot beers this past Sunday. As unfortunate as it was I could not attend, my friend Jason did and he graciously opened one of the beers. The Guillemot Nebula is blended barrel aged, soured Guillemot (dark saison), with 50% aged in Jim Bean bourbon barrels and 50% aged in Chaddsford red wine barrels.
After a recent visit to the Victory brewpub in Downington, PA – I picked up a growler one of their brewpub exclusive beers, the Biere De Garden. This is a Saison/Farmhouse style beer that clocks in around 4.6% ABV. I’m hoping for a lighter, crisp and easy drinking beer, even during these cold winter days.
For those who don’t know, Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA has to be one of the best local up and coming breweries in the Philadelphia area. Their focus on Saison/Farmhouse style beers, and the quality and craftsmanship of them set them apart from others. HandFarm is their first bottle release, a wine barrel aged Saison, coming in a waxed 500 ml bottle.