Monday, January 9

Widmer Bros. Unveils The Latest 'Brewmaster W'' Series: W'12 Dark Saison

Portland, Ore. - Jan. 6, 2011 - Widmer Brothers Brewing introduces the latest beer in the Brewmasters' W' Series: W'12 Dark Saison. Inspired by the classic French farmhouse ale, this interpretation of the Saison style gets its dark color and deep ruby hue from a hint of caramel and dark chocolate malts. While the beer is darker than many traditional examples of the style, the citrus spice of Saaz hops provides a perfect balance of complex fruity esters with earthy and spicy notes. Widmer Brothers Dark Saison finishes slightly tart with a drying, clean, and pepper-like finish.

"We're exited to release Dark Saison," said Ben Dobler, a Widmer Brothers brewer. "Often thought to be an endangered style, saisons are in the midst of a resurgence and we're happy to share this smooth, malty interpretation. It's the perfect beer to commence a meal or for those who simply prefer a smoother beer without lingering bitterness."

About W'12 Dark Saison:

Malts: 2-Row Pale, White Wheat, Caramel 120L, Vienna, Dark Chocolate
Hops: Alchemy for bittering, and Saaz for aroma

Original Gravity: 11.75 P
Apparent Extract: 1.5 P
IBU: 25
ABV: 5.5%
Color: 20 SRM

Dark Saison has a suggested retail price of $8.99 a 6-pack, and $14.99 a 12-pack.

About the Brewmasters' Series
The Brewmasters' W' Series from Widmer Brothers Brewing is an exciting take on the popular tradition of seasonal beer offerings. Every spring since 2005, Widmer Brothers' brewers have been asked to select one special recipe to be released as part of this series. Anything goes; from traditional beer styles to experimental. The Brewmasters' W' Series has produced several exceptional beers, including: Drifter Pale Ale, Brrr Seasonal Ale, and Pitch Black IPA, which have each gone on to be a part of the brewery's regular lineup.

Previous W' Series beers include W'05: IPA, W'06: NW Red Ale, W'07: Pale Ale with Summit Hops, W'08: Crimson Wheat, W'09: Belgian Style Golden Ale, W'10: Pitch Black IPA (a gold medal finalist at the Great American Beer Festival), and W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout.

I got a bottle of this, and plan on drinking it and reviewing it very soon. I really look forward to this, as I do every year for the next Widmer Brothers Brewing W' release. Cheers!

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