local beer

Another local beer is now available at the Co-op!  Aslan Brewing, downtown Bellingham, is now retailing 32 oz. growlers. Currently available at both Co-op locations. Ginger rye and IPA.

Also, we still have Kulshan in growlers, and tomorrow we will have Kulshan Bastard Kat IPA in 6 pack cans.  CHEERS TO LOCAL!

New from Boundary Bay

New at the Co-op this week: Boundary Bay six pack cans. Boundary Bay, Bellingham’s original brewery/brewpub, is canning their Ski To Sea ESB. To give this beer a Northwest punch, Boundary dry hops this extra special bitter. Put one of these in your pocket and enjoy the race. Cheers to Boundary Bay

All about style-SAISONS

Sometimes called a farmhouse ale, saison was a dying style until it was embraced by craft brewers and reborn in beers like Saison Dupont.  Originally a Belgium “homebrew.” Brewed on farms in spring, for the workers to drink in summer and fall.   The saison  had to be both durable and refreshing, not easy, in an era without refrigeration. 

In general they are very complex, fruity in aroma and flavor. Earthy, yeasty, with lots of spice and a medium bitterness. The ale yeast contributes to much of the flavor and many saisons contain herbs or spice .With its acidic sourness and a typically dry finish, it adds up to a complex, satisfying beer.

Saisons also, pair well with most foods.  The fruity and spicy can bring out a barbecue, enhance Thai food or transform a simple sausage into an international meal.  The only disclaimer I have  when pairing  saisons, it may overbear a lot of delicate foods.

For a change in style, try a saison, it might change your life!  Cheers

 

 

 

bigfoot

Bust out the big furry slippers, the size 14 sneakers and the flip flops that can make you walk on water.  Bigfoot is here.  Sierra Nevada bigfoot ale is a bold, malt forward barley wine packed full of whole cone northwest hops.                     A February classic !