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.