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.
Your typical saison is a straw-colored beer with a foamy white head and farmyard aromatics. It’s a fantastic style well-suited for warm-weather drinking. A Saison Darkly, however, is not your typical saison. Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars, the beer is a deep red color that flirts with deep brown. If the atypical appearance doesn’t strike you, the taste will. Brewed with rose hips and hibiscus, as well as Schisandra berries (whatever the heck they are), the beer tastes of sweet, dark fruits, a bit of bitter roast, and perfume. It sounds weird, yet it works. Yes, this is a brew that will challenge your idea of what a beer should be — but then, that’s a big part of what Stillwater does. For them, beer styles are merely suggestions, so set aside your preconceptions and prepare for something you’ve never had before. A Saison Darkly is sometimes on draft at a.Kitchen.
Philly Beer Week 2013