The Shenanigans boys have gone back to where it all began for their summer seasonal release, Grisette.
Grisette was the first beer Shenanigans Brewing Co. produced and they’ve re-released it for summer 2015.
It’s a saison style beer made with oats and rye. Light in colour and body, it pours a hazy, mellow yellow with a frothy, pure white head. The head is like a pillowy cloud and is retained well in the glass.
Grisette was (re)launched at Bitter Phew, and there was no better place for it. It’s a bar known for its commitment to high quality craft beer, excellent service and the knowledge of its staff.
If I were a brewer and launching a beer I’d be more than trusting of the Bitter Phew guys to sell it and serve it well.
Yeasty, Gristy, Citrusy
The beer itself has that familiar saison yeast aroma by the truck load. It’s lightly peppery on the nose. You can taste the grist in the beer. At first I picked up wheat but I imagine this is a combination of the oats and rye.
There’s a satisfying cereal bite and flavour to the body but underneath this layer it starts to get really interesting with lots of subtle citrus notes. Mandarin and lemon rind come through in refreshing waves.
At 4.6%, it’s sessionable enough to make it perfectly suited to summer and with the light body and refreshing flavours, it’d be easy to drink one after another.
Perfect for Summer Gatherings
You can find Grisette on tap or in bottles. It’d be perfect to share a couple of bottles if you’re entertaining or having a dinner party over the summer. It’d go with a range of food but a quinoa salad with your choice of lightly grilled fish or poultry would be a delicious combination.
It’s great to see more and more saison style beers coming out of Sydney, especially as seasonal releases which is the true definition of the style.
From: Inner West, Sydney
Beer style: Saison
Pair with: Quinoa and green leaf salad with grilled white fish
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