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Thursday - April 04, 2013 @ 07:00PM
/ Ends: Thursday - April 04, 2013 @ Midnight
Beer & Food Event
, Brooklyn, New York
As the return of Spring is upon us, this Thursday we decided to give special pause to a historical brewing tradition, birthed out of necessity in harder times, that has remained significant despite industrial modernization and political upheaval.
The saison, or Belgian farmhouse ale, is less of a style of beer than an integral aspect of Northern European folkways; hundreds of years ago, these ales were brewed during cooler months, often by the matriarch of an agrarian household, for the refreshment of farm laborers during the warm spring and summers of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.
Historically low in alcohol, as industrialization swept through Europe, saisons moved from the farmhouse to the commercial brewery, and grew stronger and more consistently produced, marketed as a luxe alternative to the German lager that became de rigeur among the working classes. After WWII, saison producers soldiered on through tremendous infrastructural setbacks, and by the 1970s and 80s, found several enterprising American importers interested in their rustic products, causing a explosive interest in the farmhouse ale tradition among young craft brewers on our shores.
This Thursday we will celebrate the saison by filling our draft list with classic Belgian ales, and new, innovative creations from American breweries.
Draft list TBA!
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