Saturday, January 23, 2016

FOREST AND MAIN’s “PARADISAEIDAE”

This is a brewed-once barrel-aged saison received in the mails via my most recent trade with KAEDRIN BEER BLOG’s proprietor, Mark Ciocco. He lives out Pennsylvania way, and there are brewers out there doing there thing in towns like “Ambler” with names like “FOREST AND MAIN BREWING COMPANY”, brewing things like “PARADISAEIDAE”, a “saison brewed with lemongrass and lime, dry-hopped with motoeuka and barrel-aged”. Commencing to Google. “Motoeuka” = a misspelling, one that only comes up with Forest & Main references under this formulation. It’s a hop from New Zealand, properly called “Motueka”. There it is. Now what about that goddamned beer??

Well, turns out I loved it. It is absolutely loaded with lime, and is a rich, creamy, highly carbonated ale that’s the Thai Food beer of your dreams. I don’t fully believe in “beer pairing” and have always found claims to the contrary to be highly suspect, but I’d reach for this with my Praram Pak or Gai Prig King in a friggin’ heartbeat.

“Paradisaidae” is super cloudy and yeasty, and with barrel-aging taste that only really becomes apparent as it warms. (And this is a beer to sip and savor for sure). Initially it’s a “lime bomb”, maybe the first time that term’s been appropriate to a beer and certainly to a saison. I was all-in on this one and then some, and the fact that they’re a two-person operation in a small space in a small town makes me even more thankful this showed up in my trade box. Kudos to F&M and to Mark for this discovery. 9/10.

1 comment:

Bryan Kolesar said...

Ah, you found one of our local treasures and a favorite of mine. Glad you enjoyed and that the beer traveled well. Anytime you want to come hang out on this coast, I'll be sure to take you there!

If you'd like some visuals, you can find me taking a "tour group" there around the 4:30 mark of this video back in 2013. Or watch the whole video for some extra local flavor :) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v0bAv7_8fo