Since 2009, Tony and Kaytee (two beer-loving cousins) have been fermenting awesomeness on their blog, Beer411. If ya drank it, chances are, they drank it . . . and they’ve written about it, too. Not only that, but they also offer up plenty of beer news, info, and general insights into the #Beer411 life. Just a couple of weeks ago, Tony reached out to us and asked if we wanted to be a part of his 12 Beers of Christmas guest-posting brouhaha. Um, duh! Of course we were in! So, we thought long and hard about which beer to pick and the answer came when we saw a beautiful bottle of Relic Brewing’s Demiana, a dark saison, sitting on the shelf, calling our names softly: Dan, Kristien, take me home with you, I want to put myself inside of you.”
Okay, too far? Sorry. Check out the start of this post then click through to see the rest.
We’ve had saisons. We’d had plenty of saisons. But, we can’t say that we’ve had dark saisons, well, until recently when we tried Relic Brewing’s Demiana. Then again, saisons have been brewed, traditionally, in unique ways. Made as beers that would be cold and refreshing for farm workers, they were brewed with whatever local ingredients and spices were on the farm or nearby. So, it was very well possible to have a saison at one farm, while 1 mile away you could have a very different tasting saison.
And, while most saisons that you taste nowadays have that same wheaty, spicy, and “wild” taste to them, there are definitely some breweries that like being different. Relic, based in Plainville, CT is one of those breweries that doesn’t like to stick to the boring, the expected, and the norm. Case in point: their excellent Demiana.
As an added bonus before the review of this beer is some excellent background information about Demiana from none other than Mark Sigman, Headbrewer and owner of Relic (yeah, we totally beer-geeked out hearing from him) . . . (read the rest here)
Make sure to check out Beer411 for all the 12 Beers of Christmas. Here’s the list so far:
12th Day: Tony reviews Bacchanalian Barleywine
11th Day: Matt Girosky reviews Polaris
10th Day: Will Siss (BeerSnobWrites) reviews Delerium Tremens
9th Day: Jay from Leaf and Yeast reviews Imperial Stout Trooper
8th Day: OmNomCT reviews Demiana