HB&B Blog — Saison

Fundamentals #97 — Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

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Fundamentals #97 — Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

What can I possibly say about Saison Dupont that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? This is a beer of special magnificence. One that has inspired countless journeys into deeper explorations of the beverage, as well as an entire genre of beer styles. Chances are if you’ve ever tried a beer that says “rustic” or “farmhouse” on the label, you can likely trace its inspiration back to Saison Dupont in some shape or form. This is also the beer that properly introduced the word “saison” to the modern drinkers’ lexicon. The term comes from the French word for “season” and...

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Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

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Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

So aghast was Peter Gabriel – well known vocalist, and unlikely amateur botanist, in 70s beat combo Genesis – at the prevalence of Giant Hogweed in the United Kingdom, he wrote a song expressing these fears. Appearing on 1971’s Nursery Cryme, Gabriel spends 8 mins 9 secs regaling his anguish at humanity’s downfall due to the aggression of this wicked and pernicious weed. During the band’s extravagant live shows of the era, he’d even go as far as to dress as a Giant Hogweed while the band performed the song (which, among other things, is a Phil Collins masterclass in...

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Fundamentals #75 – Blaugies x Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise Saison

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Fundamentals #75 – Blaugies x Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise Saison

If you’re about to open a bottle of La Vermontoise, you have in your hands one of the most underrated beers of the modern era. Sure, it’s a 3.9 on Untappd and a solid 97% on RateBeer, but ask a beer lover what the defining saison of contemporary brewing is and they will almost universally say Saison Dupont. It’s impossible to downplay the significance of Dupont. This is especially true in the modern era, when the eagerness of beer writer Michael Jackson spurred a rush on Belgian imports in the US during the 1980s. It was Dupont that undoubtedly led...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Chinese-Spiced Lamb Burgers and Burning Sky Petite Saison

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Chinese-Spiced Lamb Burgers and Burning Sky Petite Saison

When I lived in New York, I used to go to a local restaurant chain called Xi’an Famous Foods. And when I went to Xi’an Famous Foods, I always ordered the Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger. Lamb burgers may sound most reminiscent of the Mediterranean, but they’ve long been a staple of central and western Chinese cooking. Typically, when making roujiamo, the lamb (or, frequently, pork) meat is marinated and slow cooked with a range of spices and aromatics before being roughly chopped (instead of minced) and served inside a flatbread called baijimo. In adapting this recipe, I sought a way...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Oven-Cooked Chicken & Orzo and Saison Dupont

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Oven-Cooked Chicken & Orzo and Saison Dupont

Like the rest of the internet, I lost my damn mind when Nigella Lawson posted a photo of perfectly golden roast chicken nestled in soupy, carrot-flecked orzo on Instagram at the end of February. To be clear, there is nothing radical about chicken cooked with orzo – the Greeks have been doing it for aeons. While the image was initially ended as a casual, off-the-cuff home-cooking shot, Lawson received so many requests for the recipe that she posted it just a few days later (combined, the two posts have netted upwards of 72,000 likes). Viral recipes are a curious phenomenon...

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