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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mystic Brewing's "Hazy Jane"

So, Beer Bloggers Conference 2013 kicks off tomorrow in my home town! As a lifelong Bostonian and craft beer drinker, I am thrilled to have the beer community coming to my city for this great event. Welcome, my fellow brothers and sisters of beer blogging!

Boston is a fitting choice for #BBC13. Home to the God Father of craft beer- Sam Adams- and also to the outstanding Harpoon Brewery, one of the often overlooked pioneers of craft beer. In fact, did you know that Harpoon owns brewery permit #1 in the City of Boston? Yup, they were brewing in Boston even before Jim Koch! You'll get to experience both these great breweries first hand during the conference, and I hope to raise a pint or two with as many of you as possible during the festivities!

Some events not included on the BBC13 agenda that you may be of interest:

  1. Jacks Abby Brewing's 2nd anniversary party at the Sunset Bar and grill on Friday night. (The event is in Boston, but the brewery is in a suburb about 20 minutes away)
  2. The 10th Annual hop Head ThrowDown at the Publick House in Brookline (this is right on the city line with Boston, easy to get to)
 As the two events above indicate, there is great beer to be had outside of Boston as well. There are dozens of outstanding breweries operating in cities bordering Boston.

One of them is Mystic Brewing in Chelsea. Here is my review of one of their new summer saisons. 

Hazy Jane, Summer Saison Farmhouse Ale
Mystic Brewery, Chelsea, MA

Hazy Jane pours a beautiful hazy (shocking!) ice tea color, with a tall, vibrant white head that collapses from several inches to a  healthy cap of tight froth.

Bringing the glass to my nose, I get a wheaty, citrusy aroma- Orange, maybe lemon. The aromatics are strong but clean and not at all overpowering. It smells great.

Mouthfeel is light, appropriate and expected for a summer saison, with equally appropriate carbonation for a warm summer evening. 

Taste, initially at least, reminds me of a classic great hefeweizen - banana and cloves up front, and kind of spicy. I'm surprised. Notes of bitter citrus follow, more orange peel along with less pronounced fruity notes that you expect to find in a Belgian style saison. There's a lot of flavor here, but none are overwhelming, and they all work in a complimentary fashion to craft a really unique, tasty interpretation of a summer saison. It tastes very much like a summer beer, which is its purpose. Call it Hefeweizen meets Belgian saison, and the love child gets the best qualities of each. Finish is mildly bitter.

I highly recommend this beer. I found it very complex and difficult to describe accurately, but its a great summer beer, and I guarantee you'll love it.  


Will Siss said...

Looking forward to raising pints at this event as well. See you there!


Bill said...

Cheers Will! I'll be the tall guy at the bar drinking beer...