Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BEER SPOTLIGHT: Highland Brewing Company's Saw-Whet Saison

By Matt Kelsey

Saw-Whet Saison Ale is the first of three new seasonal craft beers released by Highland Brewing Company in 2016. Pilot Brewer Paul Rollow and Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson developed the 6 % ABV farmhouse ale, which features a complex malt bill, spicy yeast and light lemony notes.

"Paul worked to develop this recipe with hoppy hybrid beers in mind,” said Stephenson. “In this Saison, typical Belgian yeast flavors meet American dry hopping and the result is complex, spicy and citrusy. This beer excites me because it is a perfect example of what American craft beer is adding to very old and respected traditional brewing styles.”

This Saison is named after the Saw-Whet Owl. All Highland seasonal beers hope to draw attention to the protected lands of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in North Carolina and Tennessee. 

There will also be two more Highland seasonal s debuting later this year, including Early’s Hoppy Wheat (appearing in April), which is named after Early’s Mountain and Lost Cove Kolsch (appearing in June), named after the legendary ghost town in the Nolichucky River Gorge."

For more information about Highland Brewing Company, visit their website here.

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