Welcome back Andrew, our favorite (yet reluctant) scenester, offering up his tasting notes on the flavor of the saison tapping now, ‘Seven Wives Saison’ by Sonoran Brewing. Read on, to find out where to drink up.
Arizona’s brewers have been growing both in number and in notoriety for years. Dozens of local watering holes from sports bars to high-end restaurants alike are offering local brews on tap or in the bottle. Arizona beer is finally reaching the point where it’s embraced, both in-state and nationally. It’s in this background that Sonoran Brewing, a well-respected Scottsdale-based brewhouse, kicked off its chef collaboration series in March of 2012, starting with the Seven Wives Saison.
This beer is the first saison made in Arizona. A saison is a beer that was originally made in a French-speaking region of Belgium, known as Wallonia. What primarily differentiates a saison from other light-bodied ales with medium alcohol content is the unique Belgian yeasts that ferment the mash and create a floral, “funky” flavor at the back of the taste. Brew-master Zach Schroeder used a mix of two slightly different farmhouse-style yeasts in this iteration. »READ MORE