Elderflower SaisonCommercial Series
An ode to forest ecosystems, "Woodland Wonders" was brewed in collaboration with Higgins Ale Works using copious amounts of wild elderflowers that were personally hand-picked from the Bavarian Alps. This refreshing saison nudges you to take a step back from the urban landscape and tune your senses to the floral aromas, spicy flavors and subtle earthy notes of the forest.View on Untappd
- Last brewedJuly 13th, 2022
- MaltsPilsner, Vienna, Abbey
- HopsHallertau Mittelfrüh
- YeastMangrove Jack's M29 French Saison Ale
With a proven track record of brewing artisanal ales at home, the time finally came to scale up production with a much larger commercial batch. Sharing a common love for beer and the outdoors, not to mention a high standard for quality, it was only natural that I joined forces with my friends at Higgins Ale Works so that together we may brew a refreshing saison for the summer. This wasn't gonna be a shot in the dark either, as I had already been homebrewing my "Eyes Of Emerald" elderflower honey saison every summer for a few years now, which served as a solid foundation for this new recipe. That being said, there were still a few tweaks I wanted to make, such as lowering the alcohol level for better drinkability and substituting the honey addition at flameout with Abbey malt in the mash. Once we had a solid recipe to work with, we brewed a small test batch on my homebrewing system to get an idea of what to expect before scaling up production. Of course scaling up also meant using more elderflowers, a lot more! So I went scouting for areas in the Bavarian Alps from where I could forage this key ingredient for our collab. With some good places mapped out, I ended up picking over 4.5kg of wild elderflowers, destemming them by hand to get 2kg of just pure flowers. We used these in the whirpool to give the saison a distinctive but not overpowering burst of floral aromas, which paired excellently with the spicy notes of the yeast resulting in a farmhouse ale that has a wild feel to it while still being delicate enough and easily drinkable by beer lovers and casual consumers alike.
Brewed in summer when elderflowers were in full bloom and on the same day as the biggest supermoon of the year, this magical saison was released on September 14th, 2022 at the Higgins Ale Works taproom where it was available on tap and in limited bottles, followed by a tap release at HopDog a few days later.