Blackberry Farm Beer Blog

“​In​ ​keeping​ ​with​ ​the​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​place​ ​at​ ​Blackberry​ ​Farm,​ ​our​ ​brewery​ ​and​ ​processes​ ​are​ ​rooted​ in centuries​ ​old​ ​traditions.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​respectful​ ​of​ ​the​ ​time​ ​honored​ ​methods​ ​of​ ​making​ ​beer,​ ​while​ ​constantly  pushing​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​to​ ​employ​ ​modern​ ​techniques​ ​to​ ​enhance​ ​the​ ​complexity​ ​of​ ​our​ ​releases. We​ ​create​ ​beers​ ​for​ ​a​ ​moment.​ ​Whether​ ​it​ ​is​ ​celebrating​ ​a​ ​special​ ​occasion,​ ​pairing​ ​with​ ​fine​ ​food,​ ​recreating,  or​ ​just​ ​enjoying​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​The​ ​right​ ​beer​ ​is​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​complement​ ​to​ ​marks​ ​life’s​ ​moments​ ​both​ ​big​ ​and​ ​small.” -Brewery Mission Statement

Blackberry​ ​Farm​ ​​isn’t​ ​just​ ​known​ ​as​ ​a​ ​cozy​ ​rural​ ​resort​ ​in​ ​the​ ​foothills​ ​of​ ​the  Smoky​ ​Mountains​ ​anymore.​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​In​ ​2011​ ​the​ ​vacation​ ​spot’s​ ​rich​ ​culinary​ ​and​ ​beverage  standards​ ​were​ ​enhanced​ ​with​ ​the​ ​addition​ ​of​ ​a​ ​farmhouse​ ​brewery.​ ​​ ​Already  providing​ ​renowned​ ​chefs​ ​and​ ​a​ ​world​ ​class​ ​wine​ ​cellar​ ​in​ ​their​ ​hospitality  experience,​ ​the​ ​addition​ ​of​ ​an​ ​authentic​ ​old​ ​world​ ​brewery​ ​puts​ ​this​ ​remote​ ​getaway  on​ ​an​ ​even​ ​bigger​ ​map.​ ​​ ​And​ ​for​ ​good​ ​reason,​ ​their​ ​beers​ ​are​ ​delicate​ ​and​ ​delicious;  and​ ​their​ ​execution​ ​is​ ​an​ ​homage​ ​to​ ​tradition​ ​and​ ​terroir.
In​ ​2015​ ​the​ ​brewery​ ​expanded​ ​its​ ​production​ ​capacity,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​widespread  national​ ​distribution​ ​followed;​ ​currently​ ​covering​ ​38​ ​states.​ ​​ ​The​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​the  brewery’s​ ​distributed​ ​output​ ​is​ ​done​ ​in​ ​the​ ​style​ ​of​ ​rustic​ ​European​ ​Saisons​ ​and Farmhouse​ ​Ales.​ ​​ ​​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​beers​ ​are​ ​experimental​ ​variations​ ​on​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​Saison  yeast​ ​strain.​ ​​ ​Sourcing​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ingredients​ ​locally​ ​is​ ​also​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​focus.

“Saison”​​ ​is​ ​French​ ​for​ ​​“Season.”​​ ​​ ​The​ ​seasonal​ ​workers​ ​who​ ​often​ ​drank  farmhouse​ ​ales​ ​on​ ​farms​ ​in​ ​Belgium​ ​and​ ​France​ ​were​ ​called​ ​​“Saisonniers.”​​ ​​ ​Seasonality  of​ ​the​ ​available​ ​portfolio​ ​is​ ​a​ ​factor​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​​ ​Grain​ ​bills​ ​and​ ​hop​ ​profiles​ ​of​ ​the  brewing​ ​process​ ​change​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year,​ ​giving​ ​drinkers​ ​a​ ​more​ ​tailored  experience.​ ​​ ​​ ​In​ ​Europe,​ ​Saisons​ ​were​ ​often​ ​brewed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​having  something​ ​safe​ ​to​ ​drink,​ ​and​ ​were​ ​also​ ​thus​ ​consumed​ ​with​ ​meals.​ ​​ ​As​ ​fine​ ​dining​ ​is  part​ ​of​ ​Blackberry​ ​Farm’s​ ​mission,​ ​they​ ​craft​ ​their​ ​beer​ ​to​ ​be​ ​well-paired​ ​with​ ​a  variety​ ​of​ ​dishes.

Blackberry​ ​Farm​ ​​release​ ​their​ ​beers​ ​in​ ​both​ ​750ml​ ​and​ ​375ml​ ​bottles​ ​with​ ​a  cork​ ​and​ ​cage.​ ​​ ​The​ ​beer​ ​is​ ​unfiltered​ ​and​ ​bottle​ ​conditioned​ ​at​ ​cellar​ ​temp​ ​before  release.​ ​​ ​​ ​Their​ ​beer​ ​is​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​drink​ ​now,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​also​ ​well​ ​suited​ ​for​ ​cellaring.  Stored​ ​properly,​ ​their​ ​beers​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​change​ ​and​ ​evolve​ ​over​ ​months​ ​and  years​ ​time.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​their​ ​beers​ ​prominently​ ​feature​ ​that​ ​wild​ ​and​ ​crazy​ ​yeast Brettanomyces.​ ​​ ​​ ​​Brett​ ​beers​ ​are​ ​perfect​ ​choices​ ​for​ ​the​ ​cellar.​ ​​ ​Given​ ​time,​ ​they​ ​can drastically​ ​change​ ​in​ ​flavor​ ​and​ ​aroma​ ​profile.​ ​​ ​And​ ​in​ ​a​ ​serendipitous​ ​poetic​ ​turn​ ​-  many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​styles​ ​that​ ​they​ ​emulate​ ​originate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​Wall​onia​ ​​Region​ ​of​ ​Belgium,​ ​and  Blackberry​ ​Farm​​ ​is​ ​located​ ​in​ ​​Wall​and,​ ​Tennessee.

Classic​ ​Saison​​ ​​nails​ ​its​ ​name​ ​right​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bottle.​ ​The​ ​beer​ ​pours​ ​a​ ​hazy,  golden​ ​straw-colored​ ​hue,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​pillowy​ ​white​ ​head.​ ​True​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Saison​ ​style,​ ​the  high​ ​level​ ​of​ ​carbonation​ ​bears​ ​long​ ​head​ ​retention,​ ​with​ ​abundant​ ​lacing​ ​on​ ​the  glass.​​​ ​Big​ ​aromas​ ​of​ ​bread,​ ​hay,​ ​citrus​ ​and​ ​funk​ ​meet​ ​subtle​ ​banana,​ ​clove​ ​and​ ​spice. The​ ​taste​ ​dry,​ ​funky​ ​and​ ​slightly​ ​tangy.​ ​​​Big​ ​bready​ ​malts​ ​meld​ ​with​ ​peppery​ ​spice. Grassy​ ​and​ ​wet-straw​ ​funk​ ​elements​ ​meet​ ​lemon/citrus​ ​zest.​ ​​A​ ​medium​ ​body​ ​and  delicate​ ​but​ ​active​ ​carbonation​ ​leave​ ​a​ ​dry​ ​and​ ​slightly​ ​tart​ ​finish.

A​ ​classic​ ​Belgian​ ​Saison​ ​yeast​ ​strain​ ​is​ ​used​ ​for​ ​fermentation.​ ​Even​ ​without​ ​the  Brettanomyces​ ​​of​ ​many​ ​of​ ​their​ ​offerings,​ ​earthy​ ​farm​ ​flavors​ ​are​ ​upfront​ ​and​ ​present. And​ ​though​ ​​Brett​ ​​can​ ​do​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​for​ ​a​ ​beer’s​ ​cellerability,​ ​this​ ​unfiltered​ ​Saison​ ​will​ ​still  keep​ ​and​ ​develop​ ​for​ ​a​ ​long​ ​time​ ​to​ ​come.​ ​Standing​ ​up​ ​to​ ​its​ ​contemporary​ ​domestic  examples,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​players​ ​like​ ​​DuPont​ ​​or​ ​​Blaugies,​ ​​this​ ​beer​ ​holds​ ​up.​ ​It stays​ ​true​ ​to​ ​the​ ​promise​ ​of​ ​its​ ​name.​​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​truly​ ​a​ ​​Classic​ ​Saison.

Bottles​ ​are​ ​available​ ​at​ ​all​ ​three​ ​Mike’s​ ​locations.​ ​This​ ​beer​ ​in​ ​particular​ ​is  available​ ​in​ ​750ml​ ​bottles​ ​for​ ​$15.99​ ​a​ ​piece. ​Be​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​check​ ​out​ ​their​ ​other Blackberry​ ​Farm​ ​offerings,​ ​including​ ​non-saison​ ​brews​ ​like​ ​​Roasted​ ​Cherry​ ​Stout​ ​​and  Abbey​ ​Tripel.​ ​With​ ​attractive​ ​packaging​ ​and​ ​quality​ ​taste,​ ​these​ ​bottles​ ​make​ ​great additions​ ​to​ ​your​ ​next​ ​special​ ​occasion,​ ​or​ ​just​ ​whenever​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​a​ ​treat.​​​ ​Come and​ ​see​ ​us​ ​for​ ​some​ ​today!

Have​ ​a​ ​great​ ​day,​ ​and​ ​Cheers!

Jeremy​ ​Morton​ ​|​ ​Mike’s​ ​Wine​ ​&​ ​Spirits

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