Hobbs Farmhouse Ale is an effervescent and superbly refreshing dry saison that tastes a bit citrusy (lemon, orange) and peppery due to the Belgian-style yeast and local Cascade hops. This beer is a beautiful sunny yellow color – a touch cloudy from the use of wheat in the brewing process – and should put a smile on your face whether you are drinking it on a gorgeous warm summer day or sharing a pint with friends to brighten up a cold winter day.
Like most beers we brew, Hobbs Farmhouse pairs exceptionally well with a lot of different foods. Given it’s medium body and a touch of spiciness, it holds up to some spicer foods like Thai, but the citrusy notes in the beer also make it perfect for pairing with lighter foods like salads.
So what’s the back story for this beer? Well, a few years back, we transitioned from our original plastic fermenters and ‘fermentation barn’ (with air conditioned rooms) to new jacketed, glycol chilled stainless steel fermenters. During this transition, we had to rip down half of our fermentation barn, which meant that we couldn’t ferment beers in a temperature controlled manner. As a result, we decided to brew a farmhouse ale, since this style of beer is able to ferment at warmer (room) temperature. We intended this beer as a “one-off”, but it sold so well and so quickly that we made it again – several times a year- every year since!