What follows is the August 21st edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
In the late 17th century, Father Louis Hennepin was the first European to visit Niagara Falls. Over 300 years later, Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., named a beer after this explorer. Ommegang’s Hennepin is a farmhouse-style saison that is easily enjoyed during any season.
Brewed with ginger, coriander, grains of paradise and sweet orange peel, this golden colored ale is well suited for a late summer’s evening. Hennepin is bursting with a champagne-like effervescence, which brings all the flavors to the forefront. It starts with a crisp bitterness, which is quickly followed by a malt sweetness that perfectly complements the hops. The spices shine through during the dry finish, with the carbonation dancing on your tongue, leaving you wanting another sip.
Ommegang’s Hennepin pairs exquisitely with sushi and other Asian cuisines, as well as grilled salmon and tuna. The 7.7 percent ABV means you can’t enjoy too many of these beers in one sitting, but this certainly isn’t a heavy beer by any means.
Find Ommegang’s Hennepin in 4-packs at Calandro’s, Matherne’s and Whole Foods for about $11-12