Beer: The best saisons
Though “wildly diverse,” today’s saisons have one thing in common, said John Verive in the Los Angeles Times. Like the light, refreshing brews 18th-century Belgian farmers drank in the fields, they’re “made to quench summer thirst.”
Saison Dupont ($6/375ml). This Belgian import is “the yardstick that other saisons are judged against.” Expect lively carbonation, notes of black pepper, and “a hoppy bite.”
Seizoen Bretta ($7). Made by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Oregon, this saison “mirrors the sprightly flavors of Dupont” but with a subtle funk from the wild yeast Brettanomyces.
Lost Abbey Carnevale ($7). There’s brett in this San Diego beer too. Carnevale is made every year and evolves in the bottle: “Bright and hoppy” in spring, it develops “an earthy depth” by August.