SAVOR ended two weeks ago, and I still have fond memories of all of the beers that Chelsie and I were able to sample. Fortunately SAVOR still lingers on. Various bars around DC are still tapping kegs from breweries featured at the event, and even better, each attendee got a very special party favor on the way out the door: a bottle of a collaboration beer from Deschutes and Allagash, called Pettygrove’s Chance.
Pettygrove’s Chance is a sparkling pale ale fermented with saison yeast. While classified on Untappd as an American Pale Ale, the saison yeast – not to mention the sparkle – make it much more complex. But the real question is, how is it? Read on to see what we think!
Chelsie: Beautifully packaged, old timey looking label with the bottle being corked and caged. Big time saison yeast flavor notes of clove, banana, bubble gum, slight farmhouse funk and mild lemon with an unusual Granny Smith Apple tartness. The beer is not at all tart, like a sour beer, mind you. It just had a hint of that sour apple tart taste. The mouthfeel was delicate and bubbly just like a classic saison.
Sonora: This pours strong, opaque, and slightly pink – perhaps a trick of the light because of its opacity. It forms a large but stable head, one that takes a few moments to settle. It smells of crisp apples and wine, and sips as such. This is definitely a pale ale that sparkles – you get a lot of carbonation on the tongue. The saison yeast adds a delicate sweetness to balance the hoppy taste of the pale ale base. This drinks more like a Belgian pale ale than an American one, and yet has a flavor all its own. A crisp and refreshing treat for the summer.