This weekend, the Cascade Barrel House will be the site of a little one-day fest that would leave Stan totally satisfied. There are only 16 examples here (which is, obviously, more than you'll drink, anyway), but they represent a lot of what the style has to offer in terms of diversity. Fortunately, Cascade is offering Saison Dupont, the standard against which all others are compared. They range from the very small (3.5%, Buckman La Petite Morte) to the booming (8.4%, Double Mountain Bonne Idee, vintage). Then things get wild. Among the notable entrants:
- Hatter's Riddle (Block 15), dandelion and two secret ingredients.
- The brett pack: Amarillo Saison (Breakside) and Saison de Lente (Bruery).
- The black pack: La Petite Morte, Saison Minuit (Cascade), Existant (Stillwater).
- Saison Fume (Cascade), a smoked saison.
- Thai-son (Green Dragon*), ginger and lemongrass.
- Frederic's Lost Arm (Oakshire), green oolong tea.
- Cellar Door (Stillwater) finished with sage.
- Cider Saison (Two Rivers), a "saison style cider." Yup, no idea.
"The festival runs from Noon to 10pm and also features live music by Black Lodge and Left Coast Country . Admission is free - to drink, either bring a 14 ounce plastic festival mug from home (like the ones sold at Oregon Brewers Fest, Holiday Ale Fest or other such events) or purchase a plastic Cascade mug for $3. Sorry, no glass allowed. Beer costs $1 for a 4-oz taste, or $4 for a 14 oz mug (there may be a few double token and/or taster only kegs). The event takes place on the production side of the Barrel House. Minors are allowed, but not encouraged."
No idea what the difference is between Green Dragon and Buckman Brewery. I thought they were one in the same.