Today’s post is a tale of two beers. While almost nothing alike, they both came in to the weekend as stars of the weekly Growler Friday. And for some deep reason only my liver can say, are needy of a Frosty post. Sit back, and hear a tale told.
Sasquatch Szechaun Peppercorn Saison
As we looked at the Bailey’s Taproom list on a Friday afternoon, there was one beer who’s name alone seemed to peak interest from the many gathered on the floor. A mouthful in name, I can’t explain exactly what about “Szechuan peppercorn” made so many folk interested. Normally not a Saison crowd, I was more than a little surprised to see SSPS show up more than a few times on the “please buy” signup list.
But the crowds desires are not to be denied, so Friar Neil and I ambled down and took the obligatory “before fill taste”. Wow. This stuff was fantastic. The smell had a hint of pepper, sweetness, and the beloved saison farmhouse funk. And the flavor diligently followed suit. Hearty, yet light, and with a tang of flavor that I can only attribute to whatever a Szechuan peppercorn is supposed to taste like. For those not familiar, it turns out they do not taste like black peppercorns at all, but more like a spicy berry. And given the success in this edition, I wouldn’t be half surprised to see it pop up in more experimental beers around town.
It was so tasty even, I dragged the Frosty family down to Sasquatch Brewing for lunch the next day, just so we could have some more.
Seven Brides Monki Love
On the opposite end of the flavor spectrum came the other big hit of the growler crew. In some respects, I hesitate to call this a beer. With its dark chocolately flavor and thick body, it was more of a meal in a glass. Labeled as a “Polish” Imperial Stout (is that a thing?), this 11%ABV went down smooth, and full of flavor. And oh that head. There is something about seeing a head the mocha color that just inspires drooling.
Interestingly though, there doesn’t seem to be much record of this beer anywhere. Apart from the previously mentioned keg at Baileys, there doesn’t seem to be any record of it online or even at the Seven Brides website. I even had to make the entry on Untappd. Perhaps this is a one off that I and my fellow Growler Friday revelers had the once in a lifetime privilege to experience. Or if you are lucky, someday it may come to you. In the meantime, I will leave this post with a glass raised to the equally mysterious Meara & Brandon, whose unexplained association earned a subtext line on the draft board at Baileys.
Seven Brides Monki Love
Polish Imperial Stout w/ congratulations to Meara & Brandon
Congratulations to us all.