New York City’s Beer Culture is obsessed with sours and saisons this spring, and so are we! Try one of these six beers guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds or make you pucker up.
Beer Culture owner Matt Gebhard spent one year as an exchange student in Belgium. He fell in love with Belgian beer and toured numerous breweries during his time in the country. Once he returned back to the states and spent time working with a few beer companies, Matt opened Beer Culture in July 2013 to bring his love of beer to Hell’s Kitchen. Beer Culture features 12 beers on draft, one on cask and a bottle shop with around 450 types of bottles. Swig sat down with Matt and asked him for his top six picks to drink this spring. Of course, sours and saisons are his favorite during this time of year.
Grimm Artisanal Ales Telekinesis
Grimm Artisanal Ales is a Brooklyn-based nomadic brewery. Grimm’s Telekinesis is a dry-hopped sour with tart acidity. Matt believes in sharing this American wild ale with a friend to talk about the beer’s complexity. Telekinesis has a peachy, tropical hop character along with a hint of sourdough. See what other flavors your tastebuds will recognize when sipping on this beer.
St-Feuillien‘s Saison is a traditional farmhouse ale with the rich flavors of “Old World” spices. Matt explains that saisons are warm golden blonde ales brewed in Belgium during the winter months when there is less farming. When he was studying in Belgium, this brewery was down the road from where he was living. St-Feuillien’s Saison is fermented a second time in the bottle, which allows the beer to have a slight tangy flavor.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose
Anderson Valley Brewing Company‘s Blood Orange Gose is brewed in Boonville, California. This wheat ale is brewed with coriander and sea salt, and blood oranges are added during fermentation. Matt drinks this beer to quench his thirst after being outside on a warm, spring day. The Blood Orange Gose is nice and tart up front, and leaves you wanting another sip.
Brewery Ommegang Hennepin
Matt began working at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York when he was 19-years-old. He started as a tour guide and learned about the brewing process. One of his favorite beers to drink in the spring by Brewery Ommegang is the Hennepin. This ale is brewed with Grains of Paradise, coriander, ginger and sweet orange peel. This Farmhouse Saison is hearty, rustic and crisp. Matt suggests drinking a Hennepin during a spring cookout with chicken, pork or fish.
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’ancienne
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’ancienne is a spontaneous fermentation beer, which is created by blending 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics fermented and matured in the brewery’s own oak barrels. This beer is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 6 months, and has a tart and dry taste. You will also notice a sweet complexity to the beer along with a lemony nose. Enjoy this traditional Belgian Lambic Ale during the spring when you are looking to cool off.
Transmitter Brewing SY1
Long Island City’s Transmitter Brewing features an ever rotating stock of unique farmhouse style beers. Transmitter’s SY1 is a saison with an aroma of citrus and clove, and a flavor of spicy yeast and nectarine. According to Transmitter, the SY1 “drinks like a saison found a monk in a dark alley.” The fruit flavors will certainly get you in the mood to head outdoors this spring.