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Baeltane “Sage Saison”, “The Frog That Ate The World” Double IPA and “Sable” Black IPA: Went to the tap takeover at The Abbey last night for Baeltane Brewery based out of Novato, CA. Got to chit chat and hang out with Allan, the Brewmaster (who I affectionately call “Groovy Tunes” behind his back because of his awesome Beatnik persona). Really cool guy. It was fun hearing him talk about his beer and his work. You can tell he has a real passion for it.

Sage Saison: One of Allan’s newer brews, which is a one-off of his En Suite Saison. Really easy drinking. I wish the fresh vegetal of the sage was a little more prominent like in Honey Basil, but the spice profile was on point. Not too overpowering. The complexion of this beer was made by all of its subtleties. Couldn’t pass up ordering a glass of this.

The Frog That Ate The World: Total West-Coast IPA. Really dank and hoppy. Very different than the rest of Allan’s portfolio of beers. Very grapefruit-forward with a bit of citrus and plenty of pine. Just enough malt to help balance it out. Lingering bitterness that fell beneath the palate. Had to order a pint of this one.

Sable: Last time I had Sable was at the brewery. Allan was working on a batch and gave me a pour from the fermenter into a piece of tupperware. One of the coolest beer experiences I’ve had to date. Loads of roasted malt characteristics. Bitterness was toned down a little on this one. It almost had a faint smokiness. Very earthy. Pretty decent black IPA.

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Made a trip out to Baeltane Brewing with Kiel this afternoon so he could pick up some kegs for The Abbey. I had so much fun. Allan, the brewmaster for Baeltane, gave us a private sampling of some of the stuff he’s been working on which included his Venus in Blue Jeans (a Belgian Strong Ale), En Suite Sauvage (a take on his En Suite Saison, but brewed with raspberries), Mon Coeur Chocolate Ale (brewed for Valentine’s Day) and Mon Coeur Sauvage (chocolate ale with raspberries), Corsair Dark Strong Ale, and Paleo Belgo, which is a Pale Ale brewed with two types of oranges and coriander. I’ve also had their Bolero Double IPA down at The Abbey. I had mentioned to Allan that I was really excited to try his Sable black IPA when it was ready and that I always bug Kiel about getting a keg of it, so Allan walked into the fermenting room with a piece of Tupperware and pulled some right from the tun for me. It was a trip because it was warm and un-carbonated. It was a really great experience.