Light in Color but Full in Flavor
Saison Fest showcased a huge spectrum of farmhouse ale-inspired beers.
Jason Yester, President of TRiNiTY Brewing Co.
Jason Yester (also known as Saison Man) claims to love Saison more than anyone, so he started this specialized beer festival 4 years ago and it has grown into one of the best in the state.
Crooked Stave Petite Sour Farmhouse Table Ale
Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave brought his new Petite Sour to the party, which was easily one of the most talked about beers at the event.
Funkwerks Saison, Tropic King, and Brett Dream
Funkwerks (Fort Collins, CO) specializes in brewing Saisons and brought three of their own to the Fest. Their flagship Saison has hints of orange, ginger, and pepper. Tropic King, an Imperial Saison, packs a punch of fruity flavors, while Brett Dream is more on the funky side (in a good way).
Elevation Brewing Company Mount Blanca
Elevation Brewing Company (in Poncha Springs, CO) is already turning some heads just months after opening with their Mount Blanca and Signal de Botrange. Mount Blanca is a golden-colored Saison that smells like lemon, peppercorn, and bread. Signal de Botrange is a Saison fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in Napa Valley Chardonnay barrels.
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Saison
Sierra Nevada (one of the few non-Colorado breweries at the fest) poured their Ovila Saison, a classic representation of this style with hints of pepper and citrus.
To accompany the beer, the TRiNiTY Brewing kitchen staff fried up these risotto balls, stuffed with Parmesan cheese and sitting in a bright tomato basil sauce.
Old Growth Wild Ale Barrels
Old Growth (brewed by TRiNiTY) is a Flemish Inspired Wild Brown that typically ages for 6 to 18 months in oak barrels. This is just one of many beers produced by TRiNiTY that will spend a significant amount of time in oak barrels.
TRiNiTY Brewing Company Brew House
TRiNiTY Brewing Company recently upgraded their brewery from a 4 barrel system to a 12 barrel system. This increased output will allow TRiNiTY to begin selling bottles to local liquor stores and increase keg sales. Bottles of their beer are currently only available at the brewery.