I sure do seem to be hearing a lot about brewing with rye lately, and the guys at Choc are jumping on the bandwagon, too. Choc’s annual Wild Brew collaboration beer will be a rye saison this time around. Choc is teaming up for the second straight year with FOAM — in fact, I understand the brew day was held over the weekend. I asked for a description of the rye saison style, and got this from FOAM’s Jeff Pursley:
The short version: A refreshing ale, fruity and spicy, highly carbonated, well hopped, and dry with a quenching acidity.
The longer version: A combination of fruity and spicy flavors with a soft malt character, low to moderate alcohol, and tart sourness. Extremely high attenuation gives a dry finish. Low peppery yeast-derived phenols add to the spiciness from the rye. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness. A low to moderate tart sourness accentuates the dry, refreshing quality. High carbonation and high attenuation give a very dry finish with a long, bitter, spicy aftertaste.
Sounds like an interesting brew. The annual Wild Brew beer/food event is set for July 28 this year, and I’ll have more details as they become available. Here’s a look at the Wild Brew label for this year:
(Note: It should say “2012″ on the left side of the label, instead of 2010. Since I’m one of the greatest newspaper editors of all time, I noticed this and pointed it out to Choc.)