For this year’s NH Brewers Festival, over a dozen NH brewers decided to brew a beer for the event using a common base recipe- Amarillo hops and Vienna malt. Each brewer would then put their own spin on the beer. Pretty cool, right?At Throwback, we decided to make a summer-y, refreshing Grisette using a Norwegian yeast (Kveik). The resulting beer is called Light all Night, and it’s a gold-colored Norwegian Grisette with a lemony citrus nose, a crisp & effervescent mouthfeel, and flavors of citrus rind & tart green apple from the Amarillo & Saaz hops, as well as straw & grassy notes from the Vienna malt. Fans of our Love Me Long Time pilsener should enjoy this light & summery beer, which drinks like a lager-like saison.
Before going into our tasting notes, some of you might be wondering what a grisette is. I think one of the best descriptions comes from Draft magazine. In this article, they note that brewers typically describe grisettes as having the following elements “low-ABV, saison-like, brewed with wheat, farmhouse, Belgian/French, and some bit of lore involving miners and women in grey dresses. ” Now, what is that lore? According to the Draft article, “1. Grisettes were originally brewed for miners in Belgium’s Hainaut province. According to the book “Farmhouse Ales” by Phil Markowski, and to the brewers I spoke to, as the Hainaut region began to shift from farming to industry (primarily coal and stone mining), its beers changed as well. “Grisettes were for miners, and saisons were for your seasonal workers,” says Side Project brewer Cory King, who brews a grisette as well as many subtypes of saisons. Some say the term grisette refers to the “grey” color of the beer (gris is “grey” in French) due to its long boiling time and percentage of wheat in the grain bill; others say it refers to the grey pinafores worn by the women who would serve the beer to returning miners. But I like Yvan De Baets’ explanation for its vivid imagery: “The beer was made in a region with a lot of stone quarries, and it would quench the thirst of those workers, who came back from work covered with grey dust.””
Pretty neat history for a pretty neat style of beer! Here are our tasting notes:
– Appearance: Snow-colored head. Pale, glowing gold in color (thanks to the Vienna malt!). Also, due to approximately 20% spelt using in the mash, this beer has a bit of haze to it as well.
– Aroma: Earthy and bright lemon nose.
– Taste & Mouthfeel: When you first take a sip, you’ll taste lemon, citrus, and a bit of floral. The beer finishes with an abundance of citrus rind notes (bitter lemon and grapefruit), that classic saison type of peppercorn spice, and lots of earthy / bready / grassy flavors from the malt. This beer has a wonderfully crisp, light body – similar to a lager-like saison.
– Pairing: We ate this with a lemon square, and it was delightful! Give this a try with our new Cobb Salad on the menu – the bright, spicy lemon notes of the beer will cut through the smoke on the chicken in the salad, refreshing your palate. This beer would also go wonderfully with our fish tacos and fish & chips.
– Serving glass: At the brewery, we will be serving this in a 16-oz tulip glass.
– Stats – ABV 4.8% and 21 IBU.
Light All Night will be on tap here at Throwback Brewery until we run out!
Now, here are some of my favorite goat outtakes from this beer shoot! Enjoy!