Bright Brewery Saison de Varleí¨ (plus variations)

Bright Brewery

Released March 31st, 2014

We make little secret here at Crafty Towers of our love for saisons and accompanying belief that they are a wonderful beer for the Aussie climate. So it's always nice to see another one appear, especially it's one that is being released in three different formats. On our last couple of visits to Bright in the Victorian High Country, we've been lucky enough to have a nosy around the back of the brewery where head brewer Jon Seltin has all manner of experimental programs underway. He has involved a little of one of them in these latest releases, although the main beer ' the Saison de Varleí¨ ' remains a pretty traditional take on the Wallonian farmhouse style. It's brewed with Belgian pilsner malt and Australian wheat malt, pours a cloudy golden colour and is, we're told "complex and effervescent". The fruity and spicy character of the beer comes from a unique yeast originally smuggled out of the Brasserie De Blaugies.

As for the variations, one sees the same wort (the hoppy, sweet, sugary water that becomes beer with the addition of yeast) fermented with the classic Saison DuPont yeast and will be available at the brewery bar only. Then there is a handful of "very special kegs" which will be a blend of the Varleí¨ Saison and a three-year-old barrel-aged lambic, to make a rare, one off provision ale. Says Jon: "Finished the harvest? Then lay down your scythe, wipe the sweat from your brow and and revitalise yourself with one of our new Saisons. Only available for farm hands."

Style
Saison
ABV
Various
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Others TBC

Name
Bright Brewery
Address

121 Great Alpine Road
Bright
VIC 3741

Phone
(03) 5755 1301
Regular events

Sundays: Live music in the beer garden

Open Hours

Daily: 11am to evening

Tours

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm
$20 for full tour and tasting of six beers
$10 for just the tour

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Two for One Tour & Tasting
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