Last up for a week of recently released Vancouver Island craft beers I find myself again sampling a fresh hopped beer. Todays beer is the Fresh Hopped Harvest Saison from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub.
For the people lucky enough to attend this years BC Beer Awards & Cask Festival on October 13th, Spinnakers brought along a cask of their Fresh Hopped Harvest Saison. This isn’t to be confused with their Festive Saison, as this is a completely different animal. It seems to have been well received, having many 4/5’s and a couple 5/5 ratings on untappd. This is going to be a micropost for this beer. I forgot to take notes on it, so I’m going to have to try and remember it. It really reminded me of Saison Dupont, what many consider to be the gold standard of saisons. The inclusion of fresh hopping brought an extra thickness to this light beer, giving it a bit of juxtaposition in the tasting. The top of your mouth dances with the light peppery belgian yeast, and the thick sappy wet hopped elements reside in the bottom. I would have loved to sit down for more, or take a growler home with me. But alas my time was short, and they don’t fill growlers with this beer. Maybe when I’m back there it will still be around, maybe. Kudos to Paul and his crew down there for another extremely tasty beverage. And thanks to their great social media presence, I confimed that it was released on October 4th and the hops used are Fresh “Cascade, Golding and Chinook hops from Sooke to create this delicious brew!”
Leapbeer #264 is Fresh Hopped Harvest Saison by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Brewery: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC
Released: October 4th, 2012
Size/ABV: 500ml Glass/4.5%
Availability: Only at the Brewpub
Purchased @: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Other Reviews: Untappd
Next week I’m planning to do posts on some of Vancouver Island’s recent Pumpkin beer releases.
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