Monday, April 14 marks the official release date for Stone Brewing Co.'s (Escondido, California) latest offering, Stone Saison.
Stone Saison, the newest addition to the brewery's lineup of Stone Special Releases, is a 6% ABV farmhouse-style ale "infused with lemon zest, grains of paradise and Stone Farms-grown lemon thyme and lavender." Rather than overpowering and dominating the beer, these ingredients provide herbal, floral and citrus notes to balance and complement some of the style's more traditional qualities of earthiness, clove, banana and pepper. The final product is a crisp and refreshing beer that is meant to be enjoyed during the warm weather ahead.
“When brainstorming recipe ideas for Stone Saison, we wanted to incorporate herbs from Stone Farms to add a touch of Southern California to the beer,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “The combination of herbs used certainly gives the beer a unique twist while still highlighting the style’s traditional spice and herbal notes.”
Beginning today, Stone Saison is available in six packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft in Alabama and select markets nationwide, but it will only be around for a limited time during the spring and summer months. The folks at Stone Brewing advise that you enjoy this beer within 120 days of bottling "to maximize its hoppy, herbal flavors and aromas."
Look for Stone Saison wherever you normally find Stone Brewing Co. offerings to get an idea of why the Saison style has been the official beer of summer for Belgian farmers since the 19th century. Prost!