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In this GABF Gold! episode, we dive deeply into saison.
First up is Jason zumBrunnen, cofounder of Denver’s Ratio Beerworks, recent gold medal–winner for their King of Carrot Flowers. Notably, they also won silver in 2020 for their Citra-hopped saison Dear You—the beer upon which King of Carrot Flowers is based. He dives into their thinking and process on these beers, including:
- building body despite fermenting with diastatic saison yeast
- single-infusion mashing in saison
- the particulars of using carrot juice, including processing, addition timing, and maintaining color and haze
- the secret ingredient that promotes the idea of sweetness in a very dry beer
Next up is Jeremy Claeys, head brewer at Protagonist in Charlotte, North Carolina. They won gold for Kal-El, a more classically inspired saison, continuing an impressive streak of winning gold with different saisons—including gold in 2021 for Air is Beautiful, and again in 2022 for their dry-hopped Bizarro. In this episode, Claeys discusses:
- their philosophy of brewing classic styles with small twists that make traditional beers their own
- building character through grain
- simplified step-mashing
- the benefits of high-temperature fermentation
- blending saison yeasts
- lagering both bottled and kegged saison for a cleaner, smoother beer
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