Brewery: Half Acre (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
A rare midweek release, Half Acre‘s newest beer is the first of two back-to-back Saison offerings. Dripping Saison, as this one is titled, could not have come at a better time. Chicago is getting ready for another major heat wave, one that should be upon us starting tomorrow. Dripping Saison is a perfect summer beer, especially for the hot and humid city days.
The guys at Half Acre usually only maintain one house strain of ale yeast, but recently they got their hands on a new Saison yeast. Hence, the forthcoming focus on these farmhouse ales. It’s great to see the brewery continue to work with new styles, as I don’t remember them brewing any Saisons in the past.
Dripping Saison is a smooth, smooth brew. It has a nice hazy yellow color to it with a brief lacing of head. Its taste brings out immediate notes of bananas with hints of citrus fruits pushing their way in. There is also a bit of tartness that lingers on the tongue. It tastes similar to other Saisons, but its fruity notes make it stand out.
I like this Saison quite a bit. It’s sweet but not overly so, and it goes down real easy. This is a great first effort for the summer, and I can’t wait to see what their upcoming Saison collaboration with Short’s Brewery brings us. Chicago area residents should not hesitate to stop by — Dripping Saison is only available for growler fills, and there’s no telling how long it will last.