Thursday, July 14, 2011
Summer Beervana #5 - Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Farmhouse ales might - when all the history is sorted through - be the origin of all beer. Through some of those grains from your field into a barrel with some spices or flowers or fruit rinds, let it sit til the magic of yeast takes place, and glug glug glug on something delicious. Often crisp and dry from vigorous and thorough fermentation, slightly fruity and spicy, and occasionally funky, farmhouse ales are kind of a big deal at OMG Beer! I've tried for years to convince people that saisons are in fact, craft-awesome. Boulevard's Tank 7 goes a long long way toward doing the work for me. Slightly tart, with a hint of tropical fruits dominated by pepper and other spices, extremely dry and crisp finish. Second time Boulevard's made Beervana this summer, and I'm really happy they're in Chicago with their Smokestack series offerings.