I think it’s safe to say that community plays a big role in the success and enjoyment of the craft beer industry. Here at Bellwoods we brew some pretty experimental and flavourful beers, and we feel lucky to be supported by so many craft beer enthusiasts who receive our ideas with open arms.
So when we were approached by Toronto Beer Week last year to see if we’d like to participate in a homebrew challenge, we thought, why not? The winner would come to our brewery to brew their very own recipe, and see it on the big screen! As a wise man once said, it takes a village to brew a beer, er - drink a beer? Well, whatever, the village of Toronto will get a very delicious beer to drink.
As of Saturday May 18th we’ll be tapping the Bellwoods Samurai Saison brewed by David Thompson, the winner of the 2012 TBW Homebrew Competition. Dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops, this 6.4% sessionable Belgian style beer is a perfect refreshing brew to sip on the patio. Well-balanced with a pleasing dry finish, this Saison has an incredibly distinct herbaceous nose and fruity palate from the addition of those Japanese and New Zealand hops. Subtle notes of lime and coconut reveal themselves in the aftertaste.
We brewed a 7 hectolitre batch, and while this is definitely bigger than any homebrew quantity, it definitely won’t last long.
We’ll be open all (long) weekend long, for lunch as well as dinner, starting from 2pm each day (and noon in the retail store). Keep in mind that the Samurai Saison is only available on draft!
Cheers to David and to a great long weekend!