NOW Magazine - Beer Guide - - TORONTO BEER GUIDE -

Orig­i­nally brewed to soothe and for­tify farmhands (and pro­vide an un­con­tam­i­nated al­ter­na­tive to nasty wa­ter), these ales and sub­set saisons hail from south­ern Bel­gium and north­ern France. Rus­tic and rel­a­tively ob­scure un­til re­cent years, this loose and in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile style has be­come one of the trendi­est sips around.

The as­sertive ale yeasts used in farm­house styles be­stow the fin­ished beer with a spicy, fruit­for­ward char­ac­ter that un­sur­pris­ingly plays well with fruit – from cit­rus to pineap­ple. Black Oak Sai­son with or­ange zest (on tap and cask at some of the best beer bars) In­die Ale House/Saw­dust City Takes Two To Mango (on tap and in growlers at In­die Ale House) Left Field Sun­light Park Sai­son with grape­fruit ( on tap around town and at the brew­ery) Goose Is­land Sofie with or­ange zest (LCBO 331298, 765 ml/$9.95)

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