In episode 189 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sipping on a couple Saisons. The first one they crack open is the Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Massachusetts brewery; Cisco Brewers Inc. This is the first time Cisco Brewers has been featured on the Hop Cast so it’s always great to explore a new brewery. This 6 % ABV saision is light and easy to drink and since this one was fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask, it makes for some interesting flavors. After that funky Saison, Brad and Ken open a beer that they’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about and the reviews seem to be mixed on it. It’s the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing. Not being able to get Cigar City beers here in Chicago, it’s always a treat to have something from this Florida brewery. The Cucumber Saison is a 5 % ABV which makes it very easy to knock back. The idea of cucumbers in beer might be a turn off but don’t let it scare you away, it makes for a highly enjoyable beer. If this were in cans or 12 oz bottles, it would be a perfect summer lawnmower beer.
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