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Recipe: Birds Fly South Saison is Dead

This recipe from South Carolina’s Birds Fly South—where rumors of saison’s death have been greatly exaggerated—borrows a couple of tricks from IPA for a hop-forward yet grounded saison.

Birds Fly South Ale Project Dec 18, 2021 - 4 min read

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Birds Fly South cofounder Shawn Johnson says this recipe is a recent riff on their base saison recipe, Ism.

“Ism is a play on our church of saison as we call it, like Buddhism, Catholicism, etcetera,” he says. “We preach Saison!”

This particular version is dry hopped with Mosaic. “‘Saison is dead’ is a joke inside the brewery, as a lot of new, quirky styles emerge and take front row in American craft beer,” Johnson says. To save saison, they use boutique hops, often combined with a grist and hopping regimen more akin to a hazy IPA. “Saison is Dead is a marriage of the two directions.”


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.050
FG: 1.004
IBUs: 32
ABV: 6%

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