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A classic saison brewed using Irish lager malt and saison yeast with added dillisk.
Cormac had been playing around with the idea of using seaweed in a beer for a while, discussing it with local seaweed suppliers Tom and Ria of Sea of Vitality and using some of their products to do a few experiments. During the initial chats with Kjetil before his arrival, the idea of a seaweed beer was suggested to him, and given that both breweries are based in coastal towns it seemed like the perfect idea. Kjetil then suggested the idea of working the seaweed into a saison, using the salinity of the seaweed as the souring often present in a saison, while dillisk was chosen for its pepperiness which would impart a spiciness to the beer, while also having a strong association with Waterford historically. When Kjetil arrived in Dungarvan for the brewday he came bearing gifts of some Czech Premiant hops, so naturally they were included in the brew also.
The resulting beer is a fruity, spicy dry ale with a tart finish that will leave you thinking of days at the beach.
Best served at sea level!
Tasting notes: A classic saison brewed using Irish lager malt and saison yeast with added dillisk. This is a complex beer with initial candy sweetness, giving way to a peppery spiciness and tart dryness finishing with saltiness from the seaweed.
Food Pairing: Great with seafood, try a classic bouillabaise, moules-frites, or some salt and chilli squid. Also works well with fresh salads – the beer won’t overpower the salad while the saltiness and spiciness works well with peppery greens. The tartness of this beer will also contrast well with a sweet dessert, particularly something which includes red fruit like cherries, strawberries or even rhubarb.
Alcohol: 6.5% ABV
Hops: Premiant, East Kent Goldings, Northern Brewer
Allergens: Contains Barley
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