- Last year, PEI got its first-ever Utopias (four or six of them, I can't remember which). One or two were still around within the last couple of months. To my surprise, there are more of this year's that have surfaced. Oak Tree has at least one, and Stratford had three as of today - not sure on the total count province-wide. What to expect? Nothing like "regular" beer... clocking in at 28%, this year's Utopias blend (including the brewery's wild ale, Kosmic Mother Funk, as well as other beers as old as around 20 years) should come off tasting more like a brandy or barley wine. In the US, it retails for $200. On PEI, it's a relative steal at $130.
- In the next day or so, a new beer will be released by the PEI Brewing Company / Gahan Pub. It was originally going to be a dunkel, but came out a bit sweeter - more like bock territory. It's had vanilla and bourbon added, as well as oak chips. It's part of their new "Chef's Series" of beers, and will be paired with a dessert at the pub. Pick your beer buddy up a growler and stick it in their fridge for Christmas. I'll probably do the same for myself. There may also be some bottles of Lobster Ale at the brewery to buy - a bright saison that's worth picking up.
- Barnone's latest batch of IPA turned out really well. The smell is fantastic. The flavour almost borders on being a bit too bitter or grassy, but, when I had it two weeks ago, wasn't. It's really worth trying, and is definitely PEI's best IPA / hoppy beer at the moment. Get it in a growler at the brewery on their next growler night, or luck out and find it at one of the places that carries Barnone in the province (not sure who has this latest batch on tap yet).
- My wife and I have been testing several recipes from a book that was sent my way a while back - it's a beer cookbook called The Craft Beer Cookbook by "The Beeroness", Jackie Dodd. In short, there are lots of recipes in it that are really worthwhile, super-tasty, and easy to follow. It's not a slam dunk, but I think it's the best beer-related cookbook I've personally come across yet.
- At liquor stores, aside from a few good singles, there are some variety 12-packs from Pump House and McAuslan / St. Ambroise that are fairly fresh, and each have a couple or few beers that are worth having.
- If you know someone in Halifax, Garrison's seasonal Spruce Ale is also out again - I haven't had this year's yet, but I love having it every year. If you're OK with tasting liquefied molasses Christmas tree, go for it. It's unique locally, and, although it puts some people off, I quite enjoy it. 'Tis the season!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Lots of pretty creamy head on this one which leaves lots of lacing on the way down. The brew itself is a quite-clear medium-orange.
The nose is a bit better than last time (could be due to something as simple as the glass). Aromas in the orange/tangerine family dominate, with a bit of toffee or caramel.
The flavour is about the same as last time. Although I'm almost sure it's only a dry-hopped ale, something about it gives the flavours a wet-hopped ale gives (that grassiness / herbal spice I mentioned). Also, there is something semi-dank & buttery in this semi-wet flavour / aroma that gives a hint of diacetyl that I'm pretty sure isn't really there (at least I hope not... could be something in the malt bill playing with my mind). At any rate, it tastes pretty good, but there's something about it that pushes it out of my preferred range.
Everything about the feel is pretty much fine... good carbonation, a smooth light-to-medium body, a fairly bitter finish (that, by the end of the bottle is much too grassy for me).
Overall... to each his own. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it's lean towards the grassy / spicy side of things keeps me from wanting to return to this one. I'm sure it would suit lots of other folks just fine. Between the two beers, Leo's Red Ale is the one I'd willingly come back to (which I will, thanks to Michelle & her pa!).
Friday, September 27, 2013
The brew is quite pale, with a bit of head, that goes down with little lacing.
It smells like an average average Euro pale lager... not skunky, but a decidedly "Euro smell". It tastes like a Euro pale lager, too... a little grain / bread, just a hint of something sweet & corny.
It feels fine in the mouth... it's light / not too thin, with a slightly bitter & slick finish.
There's nothing wrong with it. It's pretty drinkable overall, but
also pretty bland. No need to try this one if given other decent options.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Enjoy a unique three course meal at the Gahan House Pub and Brewery and tour of the NEW PEI Brewing Company. Your evening starts at the Gahan House Pub where chefs will incorporate their local fine handcrafted ales into three courses, giving you a culinary sampling of the "local" flavour of the Gahan beer. After your meal, you will be transported to the PEI Brewing Company where the beer is brewed and bottled, for a tour. The tour will include the story of the Gahan beers and the PEI Brewing Company, along with a chance to sample the beers firsthand. Transportation is provided.What's on the menu: (as posted on Facebook today)
Beef and Scallop
Stout & Apple Braised Island Beef, Seared Scallop, Arugula Lettuce
Beer & Chicken
Pan Roasted Chicken, Island Red Tomato Chutney, Iron Bridge Brown Ale Rosti Potato, In-Season Vegetables
Blueberry Ale Chocolate Cake, Stout Chocolate Glaze, 1772 IPA Ice Cream, Sir John A Honey Wheat Ale Pistachio Brittle , Gahan Root Beer Cream
|Yolks n' sugar|
The only real hurdle I had was finding a good gelato recipe that used a liquid as the flavour, especially a recipe for beer gelato. The only way I found what I was looking for was to actually start searching in Italian.... and checking Italian food / cooking sites for "birra gelato" or some such search terms. Well, I happened upon a few different recipes, and settled on one that sounded pretty straightforward after running it through Google Translate. Hey... maybe my site will become the #1 go-to place for English searches on beer gelato. Well, without further adieu, here's what I did:
|Ready for the machine!|
200 mL cream
150 g sugar (I used cane sugar for some darker sweetness & actual flavour)
150 mL of whole milk
200 mL of beer (I put in a generous splash or two more than this)
2 egg yolks
Mix the yolks with the sugar - use a hand mixer, and expect it to take a while to make it smooth & fairly even. Add the milk and beer. Mix well. For this, I think I just whisked it. Whip the cream and add to the rest - fold and mix it in gently with a spatula. You don't want to lose its creamy consistency / air. Then, add it to the ice cream maker. It took, I believe (but check your maker's instructions), around 20 minutes. If you don't have an ice cream maker, the site suggested you could put the mixture in the freezer, and stir the gelato every 15 minutes for at least two hours.
Not an issue.
Next? I think I'm going to try a candied bacon stout ice cream...
|It looks a little grainy here... but it was nice|
& smoooooth after hours in the freezer.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
|Big change since July!|
|What remained of my|
Summer Sessions pint.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
The Space - The new-ish event grounds at the edge of downtown Charlottetown. Lots of parking nearby with a spacious pick-up & drop-off area. The fest was inside one large tent, with some outdoor seating (complete with propane heaters and The Big Orange Lunch Box's food trailer). The tent was set up well, with two rows of breweries up the middle, and the rest around the perimeter. A bit of nice lighting, some seating near the live music in one corner, the odd corn stalk... the mood was set. There were lots of rinsing / dumping spots, and many porta-potties outside for the people with wee bladders. It definitely got busy, but not so crowded that wait times for brews or tempers ever got high. Even the premier & his Mrs. along with several other folks that serve as PEI's "who's who" in gov't, business, & restaurants were there enjoying themselves.
The Beer - There was some good beer to be had, for sure, and I was encouraged by seeing folks ask for things like Unibroue's beers (that are in our stores and I hope stay), and try things like a couple of different cask ales. Anything that broadens the minds of local beer drinkers is great.
For the most part, I stuck to my plan / list, but made a few adjustments. If you want to see everything I had, check me out on Untappd. For now, though, here are a few items of interest:
Revisting a few beers was nice, like St. Ambroise's Apricot Ale, which was there on tap. Still bright & summery. I also had McAsulan's Pale Ale on tap, which was better than when I had it in bottle from the last couple of times. Pump House's Red came off as chocolatey to me for some reason, which I thought odd. I also re-tried a couple of Picaroons. One was a butterbomb, but the other, the Yippee IPA (which was bad when I had it in bottle and on tap this summer) was actually pretty good - even picked something spicy & woody out of it I didn't remember from before.
Casks! It was nice to see Moosehead bring their Cask Ale in. It was also served by the chap who brewed it. Also, the PEI Brewing Co. had a couple of specials on. One of them was a dry-hopped version of the Island Red which was pretty good - amazing for me, since their red is really the only one I don't normally like at all.
Disappointments? Well, there were a couple for me. Amsterdam's Oranje Weisse didn't make it to the festival, and I didn't get to try the Blonde. I tried the Don Valley Bench from Mill Street, and thought it was a bit of a confused beer (tons of banana, some wood in the finish, and, I swear, something light like margarine... the Curious Parrot wasn't bad). I was also hoping to be a bit more wowed by Amsterdam's Boneshaker IPA. It was bitter, for sure, but was missing a strong hop aroma & flavour to balance that out.
All-in-all, a good fest for my fellow Islanders and future Aleanders(?). Well-organized & planned... even had their own open & strong Wi-Fi signal. Hopefully, if you didn't make it last night, you might think of stopping by today between 2-5 or 6-9. Cheers, and looking forward to even more beer variety next year!
Monday, September 2, 2013
There aren't that many beers that I haven't had before / are super-keen to try, but there are a few... and I guess that's enough. I'll be going. I won't go on about sessions, entertainment, food, and ticket prices. You can find that easily at the fest's site & make your own choices: http://www.peibeerfest2013.com/
What I will do, however, is just give you my own personal spin on what you should try to sample first (at my own peril, since I'm not going on Friday - I'm going for an easy-going Saturday afternoon), brewery by brewery. Just my own two cents, just in the order they appear on the fest's site.
PEI Brewing Company
Feel free to try them all (the only one I avoid is the Island Red), but, if you're an Islander, you have them available to you all the time. Go for the Spanish Cedar IPA, a one-off for the fest. If it's anything like Flying Monkey's Matador - an Imperial IPA on cedar (I'm betting this is what it was inspired by), it could turn out really well. Once listed was the Pumpkin Ale (which will be in bottles and on sale soon), but it's no longer there.
I'm curious to try the Curious Parrot & especially the Don Valley Bench, given what Jason Foster's been saying (that it's like a Chardonnay). I'd rather try a sample than buy the seasonal six-pack.
I'm very keen to try the Cask Ale, as I've heard good things. I might also try the Boundary Ale, just to see if it's much different in the bottle vs. from a keg.
Near the end, I may try the Blonde & a Dark & Stormy Night, just because I haven't had them for a couple of years. I'll avoid the Yippee IPA as the last bottle & pint I had of it were both butter bombs.
I'll probably have an Apricot Wheat, as it's an old fave, and I haven't had it in a while. I'll probably also have the Pumpkin Ale again (it's been a while), and would like to retry the Pale Ale - others say how good it is, and the last time or two I got it in the variety cases here, it wasn't worth commenting on.
Might sneak in a Hop Yard - been too grassy / spicy in the last couple of years, though. Not as much citrus / evergreen anymore.
I might try the Fine Porter, just because I never have, but you, if you've never tried them, should try the three Unibroue beers we have in stores: the Blonde, Blanche, and Noire de Chambly. The first beers to be sold in non-novelty large format here, and all good ones at that.
Quite eager to try the Boneshaker IPA & the Oranje Weisse, as we don't have them here. Also looking to sample the Natural Blonde, because, even though we have it here, I haven't tried it yet.
I've heard about people going back to the red recently and being pleased. Might have to retry it myself.
As a closing note, you should try the Mort Subite Kriek if you haven't yet. It's the only lambic / sour beer ever sold on PEI, and I'd love to see more of this style come in. Expect it to be fruity (kriek = cherry), a bit tart, and slightly woody. Others we have that you should try if you haven't: Affligem Blonde, Paulaner's Hefe-weissbier, Erdinger's two beers, the Creemore Lager, maybe Amsterdam's Big Wheel, and, heck... even Keith's two single-hop beers to see how different hop varieties can be.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The aromas on this one are actually pretty nice. A lot of malty caramely sweetness in there... reminds one of a barleywine's aroma much more than most red ales. There is a fruity, hoppy side to the aroma, playing second fiddle to the malt scents. I'm getting really ripe pineapple and perhaps some peach.
So far, this brewery has released three beers, and I've gotten to try all three thanks to a fellow beer pal (thanks, Hogie). Their trademark in their flavour seems to be some level of a dry grain / cereal flavour. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, but it may make one think that a beer's gone stale or isn't as fresh / refreshing. Thankfully, I think it's least noticeable in this beer. There are also some juicy fruit flavours
The body is medium, actually - I expected it to feel thinner. It has a rather smooth, full feel to it, but it goes down easy with a clean, fairly bitter finish. Great fruity / hoppy burps.
Overall, pretty nice. It's my favourite of the three. If the flavour were tweaked a bit, and the aromatic hops upped a bit, this would be really a very solid American-style red ale. As it stands, I like it way more than most "regular" red ales. I'd drink this again, for sure. At the end of my first one, I want another to keep the good flavours and aromas going.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It's a very clear beer, with a fairly deep honey colour. There isn't much head, but what is there leaves some solid lacing on the way down.
I was expecting floral and fruity hops in a significant amount, but I don't get that in the aroma. There's some light floral / perfume-
y hop action, but not much in terms of fruit. The aroma has a strong dry grains / cereal component.
It is a bit pithy - perhaps from the hops, perhaps from the zest, but not very citrusy (esp. at first). If I drank this without knowing there was tea in it, I probably wouldn't have pegged it, but it's in there, playing around with those cereal / grain flavours hinted at in the aroma. As it warms up a bit / the more you drink of it, the citrus notes start to build a bit, making it a bit more bright and refreshing.
The finish is pretty clean, & ever so slightly bitter. The body on this one is fairly light.
I couldn't say I'm disappointed. It's not a bad beer at all. I'm not wowed in any way, though, either. I'd definitely try this again some time, to see if there are any differences / changes. Love the packaging.
Monday, August 26, 2013
It has great aromas of toffee, vanilla, fruit (actually lighter ones, like orange), some slightly woody notes.
Fantastic flavour... I'm digging this. It tastes like a Christmas ale or another of Belgium's great dark beers (to which I prefer this to most it seems). You get the toffee and light candi sugar sweetness first, but once that fades a bit, the flavour morphs into caramelized sugar... think the top of a crème brûlée or the outside of a marshmallow roasted over a campfire. It's light and thin enough to be very drinkable, especially for being 8.5% ABV, but its heft really kicks in once you've swallowed.
The finish is really clean, the body medium and smooth, and the carb gentle.
What an excellent brew with a lot of character. One of those beers whose flavours actually outpace its other aspects. I just went online and ordered two more.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
This is a bit paler than I thought it may be. It's a brilliant slightly-pale garnet colour with a couple of fingers of head that leave solid lacing. It's clear, with no carbonation in the glass.
It is not as sweet as most barley wines... the sweetness from the barley is there, with some salt. Something like... sundried tomato or dried peppers... different! There's something herbal in there... cumin? Strong, earthy, dried fruit, semi-floral. The finish on this beer is incredible - very salty with a slight smokiness as well (perhaps it's the smoked herring the bottle says it may contain traces of?). It smells and tastes like some sort of casserole or edible dish...
The body's medium, the carbonation is low, and the finish feels clean. Smoke and a mellow sweetness linger.
Totally amazing beer. So multifaceted, layered, and complex. It's like a powerful, easy, steady hand. Much like a dead body in some ways. Hmm.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
My original thoughts on this beer were from over a year ago, when I had it first, but I also got to try again this week, so my thoughts are pretty fresh.
This brew is a clear, richly-coloured amber with a reddish tint. It has lots of quickly-gone head, and there is a lot of active carbonation in the glass.
In the smell is toffee, honey, and a nagging suspicion that the salt could actually be identified.
It has a nice taste... almost like an amber gose. It tastes of smooth toffee a small added amount of salt. Sweet, mellow, and smooth. Perhaps some wood / vanilla hints.
It has gentle carbonation, a clean finish, and a smooth, medium body.
This one has character... the first time I had it, it reminded me of Innis & Gunn's ales, but this, especially due to its salty slant, is distinct from that. A nice, somewhat memorable brew.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Tons of deep head on this one, leaving sticky, lumpy lacing. It's slightly cloudy, and medium-amber in colour.
The aroma has ginger in it, with some floral notes (thinking Cascade?) that grow as it warms.
There is ginger in the flavour, too. Honey. Bitter citrus pith. It's similar to Palabre de l'Intendant in that way, but stronger.
The body is a light medium, and has a clean, bitter finish.
This is a very different interpretation of an American-style IPA. It's quite enjoyable, summery, and fresh.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This brew is extremely clear and pale. It has a minimal, pure-white head that is gone in no time. (Shouldn't it have more "scum"? But I digress...)
It has a rather plain, American lager smell (might even be hints of corn or something in the aroma).
According to the description, this should be at least somewhat earthy, robust, herbal, and salty. It isn't very herbal or robust, but it does have (in its mostly-normal lager flavour) a noticeable salty finish and is a bit more bitter than expected.
The carbonation is tingly. The body is light. The finish is dry and bitter with a bit of a sticky saltiness... almost a bit like a mouthful of water at the beach, but turned down several notches.
Light and fairly refreshing. I liked the salt aspect, but wish the rest of the beer had some of that herbal, earthy robustness I was looking for.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For me, the translation is tricky... and correct me if I'm wrong... but "palabre" is "words" in the sense of having a conversation, and "intendant" is basically a royal civil servant, comme Jean Talon, a senior official of New France when it was first formed. So... roughly translated, words with a royal civil servant (like Jean talon), which makes a lot of sense, given the thoughts behind the style.
This brew is darker than I thought it would be - for whatever reason - and has tons of head that lingers for ages, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.
It has a very enticing and interesting smell... herbal / mint & evergreen with ginger bread, and some bright hop notes.
The aftertaste is a little soapy from its ginger side... maybe would be better if it was more on the gingerbread side than ginger. It has a very fresh herbal / evergreen aftertaste / feel, too... leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. Very interesting, unique flavour.
There's a bit of bitterness mixed in with that soapiness in the finish. It's pretty clean & slightly dry / airy, after some light stickiness. The body's light, but on the full side of light.
A memorable brew, a nice little beer experience, and one of my favourites from this brewery.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
This brew uses - as the bottle says - wild herbs from the island and gentle flower notes.
It is super-clear and pale, and has next to no head. There are a fair amount of bubbles / carbonation coming out in the glass, though.
It smells a bit of pumpkin spice... some light gingerbread with... cardamom? Chamomile, for sure. It reminds me of Dominus Vobiscum's Blanche, which also uses chamomile well. It has tons of complex, bright, spicy aroma, especially for something that looks so "clean".
The taste is more of the same. It reminds me a lot of a pumpkin ale, to be honest - a light, refreshing one. Perhaps it is more of a fall beer than a summer beer. The aftertaste and feel, unfortunately, lean towards mass-market lagers.
The feel is gentle but has obvious carbonation, has a finish that's slightly sticky, and a body that's on the heavy side of light.
This brew has lots of character, especially when compared to its appearance - really enjoyable.
Monday, August 19, 2013
This beer is a dark red-brown, with a finger or so of reddish-tinted head, which lowers to a skim.
I read someone say that they smelled ketchup chips in this beer, and I can see that... it's got a bit of vinegar, & some woodiness - it reminds me of Rodenbach's Grand Cru a little bit.
The flavour is roasty... coffee notes, a bit of chocolate, salt... the 9% is very hidden. It almost comes of like an espresso stout or dry Irish stout in some ways... some dark fruit sweetness... starting to make me think it's an abbey double... tastes a bit like there candi sugar is in the mix, with some dark fruits like date... like a date square.
It has a med-to-full body, the carb's a little prickly (but not too sharp), and the finish is quite clean and a bit bitter.
Overall, a nice beer - it didn't really wow me in any way, but it had no low points, was solid & tasty; mid-pack for their beers.
Monday, July 29, 2013
|The dimly-lit Pale Ale|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Saw this at the LCC... had to try it, as it was new to PEI.
Really clear, copper colour. Lots of head, and a tornado of bubbles in the glass due to the nucleation sites at the bottom.
The aroma's all Cascade hops - very floral with some bright citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit, without the pithy slant).
The flavour's fairly malty... not very bitter or citrusy at all (though there is some citrus there). A definite toffee / almost caramel slant. It reminds me a lot of Corte-Real from the brewery La Naufrageur, but it's not quite as strong.
The feel's light, and the finish is slightly sticky, but pretty clean.
Overall, it's OK. Nothing stellar, but nothing off-putting. A little light for me.
On the right, we have the regular Beach Chair Lager, and, on the left, we have the same beer, less filtered. They're calling it a ''brewer's beer", or what the tap handle says, "Keller Bier". I'd be more prone - like one of the brewers suggested - to call it a zwickelbier, as a kellerbier (or cellar beer) is usually a little darker & more strongly hopped. So, with its "cellar" connection, and the fact it's the same beer, just less filtered, I will call it "Basement Chair".
The Beach Chair's pretty good today, actually. Bright, crisp, & the hops are coming through in their own wee way. Even a little acidic zip or brightness.
As for the Basement Chair - you know, I was expecting it to be pretty much identical, but it's not. It's got a smoother & slightly fuller mouthfeel, is less crisp & bright, and trades some of its brightness / zip for some really light fruit / banana character. I think Beach Chair's a slightly better beer, but at least this turned out to be less of an ill-conceived gimmick than I thought it would be.
Cheers to changing things up every now & then, even just a lil' bit!
Monday, July 22, 2013
This brew's a nice reddish-brown, and has solid, webby, sea-foam lacing.
In this glass, no aroma, really, at first... just really light toffee. As it warms, though, it starts to perk up.
The flavour has a bit of an acidic brightness to it, really. Overall, it's a nice & smooth toffee & lightly burnt caramel flavour... a nice light roasted quality.
The bitterness is nice, and not very strong. Good & mild for the style. The body's fairly light & smooth, and the finish a little sticky.
You can actually get this on tap on PEI now, at the newly refurbed restaurant at the Delta, called Water's Edge. Hooray for local variety!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|The rolling hills and growing hops of Rose Valley|
|Inside the tidy little brewhouse|
|Grow, hops, grow!|
Friday, July 12, 2013
Earlier this year, Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada co-created a new beer glass, made by Spiegelau. What makes this glass interesting is that it is designed specifically for India Pale Ales. Some scoffed, but many styles (heck, individual beers for that matter) have their own glass, so why not this uber-popular style?
Well, thankfully, my wife knows what I like, and she supports my hobby... and when she saw the 2-pack of these at a local jewelry store for $20 (a pretty normal Spiegelau price), she picked them up.
The verdict? I think it works. Like any Spiegelau glass, it feeIs fairly delicate, but sturdy enough. It has a balance almost like a wine glass or snifter. Its narrow, curved base feels nice in your hand, & also helps to minimize how much your hand warms it up. The curves also probably have a hand in creating head & releasing aromas. The top of the glass is nice as it helps to contain the head and aromas, but it's still wide enough to let your nose in and enjoy as you sip.
I'll be making continued good use of this, especially on IPA day!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This one pours a dark / medium-dark amber. Two to three fingers of head lower to mostly a creamy skim. It's slightly hazy & has a few bubbles in the glass. There's pretty solid grainy, spotty & rings of lacing.
It starts smelling better with a bit of warmth, actually. Pineapple is the main aroma, with some orange & maybe some other tropical notes like blood orange & mango. Fairly luscious, but not the most aromatic or exotic IPA out there by along shot.
Flavour has a good malt backbone. It's a little spicy, but mostly grassy, with lots of fruit up front (some as the aroma). Burps & aftertaste are nice.
It's nicely bitter - not numbing or overpowering, just strong, nice, &... "polite". There's a bit of heat near the end of the glass.
Very solid - liked it quite a bit. Better than mid-range, but not up at the top for me.
Smell is bright - honey, green apple, a bit of yeasty spice, some hops in there, too... slight grass & hay (some noble hops in this?).
Bitterness & heat both come through in a rather tongue-numbing and enjoyable way. There's a little citrus in the aroma & taste as it warms. Honey. Hay. Light spice. Reminds me a bit of a higher-alcohol Hommelbier.
The carb is quite sharp & prickly if it lingers in the mouth at all. The body is actually fairly light.
Great burps, clean, hoppy, honey-sweet, bitter, smooth, strong. Nice
Friday, July 5, 2013
Darbyste is named after John Nelson Darby, preacher of temperance and father of Dispensationalism. His parishioners were said to be oddly moved by a ‘soft drink’ they insisted was just fig juice. A variant of the Belgian “Wit” or “Blanche” style, but a little drier and considerably more flavorful, Darbyste is a saison made with wheat and fermented with fig juice.