Saison/Farmhouse Ales Similar to HF?

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  1. turfy

    turfy Disciple (337) Mar 17, 2010 Texas

    I love HF saisons, especially when I consider the clean, bright taste! Saisons continue to grow on my Wants list, but I'm wondering if there are any under-the-radar saisons out there that are easier to obtain. The wheaty/spicy/clovey/ester taste of some turn me off, so I'm hoping there are some out there similar (but understandably not as stellar as HF) that could be enjoyed and be more attainable. Maybe some hidden regional gems? Thanks.
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,751) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Maybe some hidden regional gems?”

    Well, Tired Hands in Pennsylvania makes some excellent Saison beers of varying brands. Unfortunately these beers are mostly draft and therefore not easily obtainable to a beer drinker in Texas. They do bottle some of their specialty releases from time to time.

    Tired Hands is opening a second brewery this week but my understanding is that Tired Hands beer will be mostly draft only for the foreseeable future? Maybe someday they will in the future add a bottling/canning line to their new facility?

  3. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (194) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    Not sure if Logsdon gets out to you, but seizoen bretta has a very similar profile to some HF stuff.
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  4. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (375) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire

    Crooked Stave and some of Prairie Artisan Ale's saisons are very similar, not sure if you get distro by them.
  5. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (5,110) Dec 25, 2003 California

    Hennepin and Boulevard Tank 7.
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  6. cmwilliq

    cmwilliq Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    Have you tried blatz?
  7. cmwilliq

    cmwilliq Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    But seriously boulevard tank 7
  8. nolan_likes_wine

    nolan_likes_wine Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2015 California

    How similar is Grassroots? I see the Arctic Saison pretty frequently.
  9. beernazi

    beernazi Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 California

    grassroots is hill farmsteads other brand, so i would assume they would be similiar
  10. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Can't say about Tank 7, but if the OP doesn't like overly clovey/spicy saisons, I'd suggest Hennepin won't be his thing.

    As for me, maybe some stuff from Anchorage? Jolly Pumpkin? Or even Funkwerks potentially. Anchorage being the closest analogue.
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  11. nolan_likes_wine

    nolan_likes_wine Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2015 California

    I would assume so as well, but I'd like someone with first hand experience to chime in.
  12. kfordham281

    kfordham281 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2005 Georgia

    See if you can get something from Funkwerks. The wife and I were out there last year and really enjoyed them.
  13. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Poo-Bah (1,806) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Without reading responses I'd say Tired Hands. While not identical they've each got their own taste that when I try a beer of theirs I instantly know who brewed the beer.
  14. satribesman

    satribesman Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2014 Texas

    Grapevine Brewery has a great Saison
  15. beernuts

    beernuts Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Virginia

    I've never had a HF beer, but I am a big fan of dry, tart saisons by breweries like Crooked Stave and Anchorage. One that's easy to find that I like a lot is Firestone Walker's Opal. Its not on the same level as the others I mentioned, but I think its much closer to that end of the spectrum than the wheaty/estery/clove/banana end. Its definitely worth a try.
  16. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,214) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Have been on a Saison kick lately. Really enjoyed the Saison Dupont, and while over in Louisiana this past weekend I headed straight to the liquor store to see what Great Raft they had out and lo and behold they had All My Tomorrows which is hopped with Mosiac. Meant to grab some bottle to take home, but left my Yeti cup on the other side of town. Tough call, that cup goes with me everywhere. I never thought I would say this, but wouldn't mind living in Shreveport.....
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  17. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Stillwater brews a variety of Saisons, don't know if they distribute in your area
  18. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (154) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    I wouldn't say tank 7 is anywhere close to anything from HF.. Yeah its a great beer, but its not anything like the saison's OP is talking about.
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  19. MacQ32

    MacQ32 Meyvn (1,178) Mar 5, 2010 South Carolina

    Right Proper Brewing in DC all day, unforuntately, they are draft only for the time being...
  20. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (154) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    Its basically a side brand of HF's that involves collaborative brews with other breweries. So for example, Brother Soigne is a grassroots beer, but in every essence is a HF saison. Especially because it was brewed by Shawn Hill on his brew own brew system. Other grassroots beers still are developed with his expertise, and the saisons should use similar house yeast/bacteria that dominate a HF saison flavor profile.
  21. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (5,588) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    Saison Dupont
    Boulevard Saison Brett, Collaboration #4
    Prairie Hop and Ale
    Most anything from Jolly Pumpkin
    BFM 225 Saison

    All pretty much sitting at every store in Texas.
  22. Alesmither

    Alesmither Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2015 California

  23. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,217) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    I also have not had any HF beers (have had Hoppin' Frog, but think you are referring to Hill Farmstead!), but have you tried these;

    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    Anchor Spring Saison
    Boulevard Spring Belle and Tank 7

    Not sure if these are available in TX, but pretty tasty beers in that style
  24. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,217) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

  25. Rob1110

    Rob1110 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 Massachusetts

    Crooked Stave, Anchorage, Prairie and Jolly Pumpkin have all been mentioned and are all good suggestions as they all offer wild ferm and brett ferm style farmhouse beers (Jester King not your thing?). Locally, around here would be Rite of Spring and Titania from Enlightenment, as well as Oxbow offerings. While I don't always have access to Oxbow, Rite of Spring and Titania will be hitting shelves here soon and I'm psyched to stock up. Let me know if you're interested.
  26. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (10,751) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    While these are all quite good, they are pretty much on the opposite end of the spectrum from "HF-style saisons."
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