Steph’s New Brew Review: Salad Days

Steph’s New Brew Review: Salad Days

Pale Fire Brewing Company Salad Days, a 7.0% ABV American Saison

Appearance Bright yellow-orange color with long-lasting foamy white head.
Aroma Citrusy, earthy, floral, and spicy notes; each sniff brings something new.
Taste Grapefruit, peach, and bubblegum are definitely present with spicy, earthy notes, and just a touch of tartness.
Mouthfeel Medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish.
Overall Truly one of my favorite beers. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Pale Fire Brewing Company was founded by Jamie Long and Tim Brady in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the renovated Ice House building on Liberty Street. The brewery opened its doors in April 2015 to an eager, thirsty local crowd.

Tim got his start in the industry in 2002 when he worked as assistant brewer at Calhoun’s, a former brewery in Harrisonburg, then worked for craft beer distributor Specialty Beverage.

Jamie started homebrewing during college. He quit law school to attend Chicago’s famous Siebel Institute. An internship at Starr Hill Brewery in Charlottesville led to a lead brewing job at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland.

Brewer Ben Trumbo, a native of the Blue Ridge mountains, completes the team. Ben was an avid homebrewer for years, then completed the Concise Course in Brewing Technology through the Siebel Institute in 2012. He completed an internship at Six Row Brewing Company in St. Louis, Missouri, where he then worked as a cellar tech/assistant brewer.

In the article I wrote about Pale Fire Brewing Company after my first visit in 2015, I gushed about the deliciousness of Salad Days. I was beyond excited when I found out during my most recent visit that Salad Days is now available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans.

American two row barley and malted rye provide the canvas for pungent Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops to mingle with the house Saison yeast. Notes of grapefruit, peach, and bubblegum dance out of the glass and mellow into a refreshingly tart, dry finish.

Salad Days won the bronze medal in the American-Belgo-Style Ale category at the 2016 World Beer Cup℠ and the bronze medal in the same category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

Wanna pick this one up? Pale Fire beer is distributed in Virginia by Virginia Eagle in Harrisonburg, Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Winchester and Northern Virginia; and also by Specialty Beverage in Richmond, Roanoke, and Tidewater. You can also find Pale Fire beer in Washington, D.C. at a handful of restaurants.
Check out… Steph’s article about her first visit to Pale Fire in 2015.

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