I heard of Hill Farmstead Brewery while reading an article in a magazine our scouring posts on one of the American craft beer mega-sites. I noticed that they hadn’t been around all that long nor had they produced a ton of beers, but, what was easy to see: their beers have been garnering great reviews. It was time to pull the trigger to get a few bottles to taste for myself.
It wasn’t that hard to find a beer transaction partner. Soon four bottles of Hill Farmstead beer was in my position. I had Jim immediately since it was a Cascadian Dark Ale. Delicious. I really had my eye on the Saison beers. Time in the cellar wouldn’t hurt. It was just a matter of time before I couldn’t resist.
Art is a wine barrel aged version of Arthur. Saison and a barrel, sounds like a match made in perfection. Art didn’t come up short either. The aroma and taste are quite complex. In spite of not being a dry as many Saison’s, it holds up, having sips that dried here and there to only refresh the juices with a nice citrus profile.
Hill Farmstead delivers again, raising my expectations for the next beer. If the trend continues, which I am sure it will, the only issue I will have is landing more of these bottled beauties. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 10 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.4
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