Friday, March 16, 2012


Rarely does one come across an ALLAGASH BREWING product here on the west coast that isn’t something you can’t get in bottles. I wonder if their distribution agreements just busted open. I hope so – because I’ve become a real belated fan of this Maine brewery’s concoctions, and I’d love to find some of their weirder and rarer stuff on a tap handle near me. Interestingly, their flagship Allagash White is showing up at restaurants out here now, so that’s a positive sign – but it’s the big boys like Odyssey that I want to stumble across more often.

Anyhow, here’s one called SAISON MIHM that hasn’t been bottled yet. Found it on draft at the Amsterdam Café in San Francisco. It’s what you might call a “strong saison”. Tart on the tongue, like a mixture between an aggressive pale ale and a farmhouse refresher. It’s earthy and fruity, and it turns out that it’s brewed with lemongrass as well, which may account for the deep and slightly jarring flavors (which I actually liked quite immensely). There’s also white grapes and a general tartness to go along with the medium carbonation. It gets decidedly smoother as it warms. I think you’ll like it. I gave it a 7.5/10.

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