Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inaugural Cardinal Directions Beerfest in Carrboro shows Saisons on the rise


By Dathan Kazsuk | April 1, 2015
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Saison. A broadly defined pale ale which is usually highly carbonated with notes of fruit and spice. One of the least popular beer styles in the market today, but you would have never know that at the inaugural Cardinal Directions Beerfest on March 29 in Carrboro, North Carolina.

The event, hosted by Steel String Brewery, brought in thirteen of North Carolina's luminaries pouring their unique take on Saisons. Hundreds of beer fans attended this event to try beers such as Pisgah Brewing Company's Red Devil – a 9% ABV beer packed with cherries and raspberries or the Year of the Wood Goat Saison aged on Tumeric and Miso by Fonta Flora out of Morganton.

"I wouldn't say I wasn't expecting this," said Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing Co. out of Hillsborough about the massive crowd at the event. "This is great for all us," he continues. Soon-to-be Head Brewer at Raleigh Brewing Company, Alex Smith, felt the same way. "I thought this would get a great crowd," he said. I guess Saisons are on the rise!