|A few things to tide you over for the weekend. First up, my latest post at All About Beer, wherein I take a look at one of the most influential breweries most people haven’t heard of, Brasserie Thiriez.
As Americans have taken up saisons, [Dupont is] not the direction they’ve headed. Instead, they make beers with less assertive, more familiar esters in the citrus family that are light in hopping and only medium-dry—something like a kellerbier crossed with a Belgian pale ale. If you start tracing these beers back to their source, you find yourself not in Belgium, but just across the border, in Esquelbecq, France. This is where Daniel Thiriez started his farmhouse brewery (also named Thiriez) 19 years ago and where he started brewing beers that look a lot more like American saisons than does Dupont’s.
Next, you might have a gander at Martyn Cornell’s most recent, if for no other reason than to remind yourself of the mutable nature of beer style.
Meanwhile, here’s a small rant …
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