Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Ever step out onto a grassy field or fresh farmland and been invigorated by the lush, clean, earthy smell of the air? That’s Hennepin. It’s made by Ommegang, one of America's best brewers of Belgian styles – though that’s kind of cheating, what with being owned by Duval and all – and it's one of the definitive examples of the elusive saison style. Saison is a broad category, but the basics are that they tend to be pale, musty and have some herbal spice kick. This beer is exactly that to perfection. Hennepin is effervescent but complex, easy drinking but strong (7.7 percent ABV), and so good it will leaving you pining for the glorious taste of horse blanket (that may sound gross, but it's actually a real flavor description in the beer world). And if you’re a city dweller who has never gotten out to the country and can’t understand why “fresh farmland” is awesome, I’m sorry for your loss. Ommegang Hennepin is sometimes available at Kennett Restaurant, and City Tap House and elsewhere.