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Friday, October 10, 2008

Drink of the Week

We're in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, which kicked off yesterday, and has already proven to be an incredible showcase of American craft beers (not to mention an astounding showcase of nearly 50,000 beer enthusiasts). With about 1,800 beers on hand, the task of tasting can be a little daunting (we know, tough work!), but we're discovering some amazing ales, which brings us to today's Drink of the Week: Iron Hill Brewery's Saison du Hill. We tasted several great beers at Iron Hill's booth yesterday, but this Saison was a standout. Rugged earthiness is perfectly balanced with some fruit and spice, and like any good farmhouse ale, Iron Hill's Saison Du Hill is perfectly refreshing. The only bad news is that like many of the beers here at GABF, distribution is limited, but if you live in Pennsylvania or Delaware, the brewery has six locations.

If you can't get your hands on this particular Saison, check out your May/June 08 issue of Imbibe, which includes a roundup of other delicious farmhouse ales. Brewery Ommegang, which is also at GABF, produces another terrific Saison (Hennepin) that has national distribution.

UPDATE 10/11: Iron Hill's Saison took home the gold medal in the Saison category at the awards ceremony in Saturday's session of the Great American Beer Festival. Congrats!


Jacob said...

Huge fan of Saison's I'll have to try this the next time I'm out in Eastern PA.