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Style: Cab Franc Hybrid Saison
Brewery: Merit Brewing Company
From the Brewery: "Our goal with this beer was to represent the beginning and end of harvest. Last year we took hundreds of pounds of Rosewood Crab Franc skins, sealed them, and stored them so we could use them in the future. This past February, we went to the same vineyard the Cab Franc grapes came from, and trimmed the canes on the vines, making the way for new growth to start. We then took those canes, dried them, and used them to smoke a small portion of the grain we used in this beer. We then brewed a rustic saison base that was then aged on the Crab Franc skins. Our goal was to create a flavour profile similar to those found in piquettes, a style we’ve loved seeing the resurgence in. ‘Then’ displays bright spring fruitiness – think raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, alongside subtle funkiness. ‘Then’ finishes very dry with bright and high carbonation. Naturaly conditioned in keg and bottle."