Our favorite saisons and bières de garde: some old world and some new, some truly small batch and some more widely available, all perfect beers for your table.
'farmhouse ale' on Serious Eats
Did reading our guide to Belgian beer styles leave you craving saison? We can't blame you; these farmhouse ales are pretty darn delicious, with their citrusy scent and floral and peppery flavor. But which specific beers should you seek out? We asked our crew of beer experts for their picks.
Belgium is my version of Guns 'n' Roses' Paradise City, where the grass is green and the beers are plenty. Here's my guide to a few of the different styles you'll find in the Belgian section of your local beer shop.
The beers from Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, have a devoted following—mostly the flagship Bock, best enjoyed in copious amounts alongside copious amounts of barbecue. We're always curious about a popular brand's new releases, so we eagerly cracked open a sample of Shiner's new spring beer, a farmhouse ale that will be available through March.
It's hot! I don't want to sound like I'm whining, but really, it's hot. Even here in chilly Minnesota this season has been one for the record books. I think I need a beer; something crisp, light, lively and refreshing. Saison is the perfect choice.