This is delicious. I’m sitting in The Lighterman, Granary Square, Kings Cross. It’s a scorching August day, sweaty and heat-summery, and I’m waiting for a friend for a spot of late lunch. So time for some beer. This Saison is made by Windsor-based Savour Beer. Founded in 2013, they specialise in farmhouse beers. I like this: it tastes human, authentic, complex and real.
Savour Beer Saison, Windsor, England
A golden colour, this is a deliciously full flavoured saison, with a spicy, tangy, bitter-hoppy twist to the herb and malt base. There’s a lovely depth to this: it’s rich and multilayered, with some floral aromatics from the hops and lovely spicy complexity from the yeasts. It’s mouth filling, has a sense of sweetness, but it’s also really fresh as well. 8/10
Wye Valley Brewery, was founded in 1985 by brewer Peter Amor and is now run by his son Vernon. The state of the art new brewery, completed in October 2013 is dedicated to brewing cask-conditioned real ale from the finest ingredients.
Wye Valley Brewery, “Butty Bach”, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire
On a recent trip to East Wales with BeerAnorak founder Jamie to discover the delights of Welsh wine from Ancre Hill, we also chanced upon this benchmark real ale. A refreshing alternative to the bombardment of hop driven craft beers on every corner. Make a list of the characteristics that define the perfect session beer and this ticks all the boxes. Good body, balanced, hints of sweetness, malt notes, very delicate hops (though in no way ‘hoppy’), refreshing with a long finish. A no brainer to order a second of the finest pint I’ve drunk this year. 10/10