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Honey Basil Ale From Bison

By Jay Brooks
Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 10:06 pm in On Beer.

Here’s another summer seasonal on the horizon, a nice spicy ale that’s ideal with summer’s heat. Bison Brewing has been releasing this one each year since 1994. According to the press release. “The brewers infused this unique ale with organic honey and organic basil. Honey lends a hint of sweetness and rich aroma, while fresh organic basil, in lieu of finishing hops, infuses a slight herbal note and basil aftertaste—a perfectly refreshing brew for the dog days of summer.”

Bison Honey Basil Ale

Bison also recently moved their production to Ukiah. All their beer is now brewed at the Mendocino Brewing facility there, after the brewery went through the process of being certified organic.

Here’s what owner Daniel Del Grande has to say about his summer seasonal:

“Like my other specialty brews, this year’s Honey Basil Ale uses specialty ingredients judiciously – we don’t hit you over the head with the ingredients, but rather hint at it,” says Brewmaster Daniel Del Grande. “All our beers focus on drinkability and balance, so after finishing the bottle I leave you wanting another! Some beers out there fatigue my palate; I like to enjoy a couple beers with food and friends.”

It’s brewed with three malts (2-row, munich, and crystal), organic honey, and organic basil. One suggested pairing: “pasta and marinara sauce, maybe some sautéed shrimp and the basil in the beer leaps forward on your palate.”

This year’s Honey Basil Ale is available in 12 ounce bottles, which retail for $7.99 per 4 pack. The company produced its first 2500 case batch. It’s now available in 4 of Bison’s 12 state distribution networks; it will be available most of the summer.

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  • The Duke Of Dunkel

    Tried this at the Pruneyard’s Organic Beer Tasting a few weeks ago. One of my favorites at that event.