Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pipeworks Brewing Co. Poivre Vert Saison

Pipeworks Brewing Co. (Chicago, IL) Poivre Vert (7% ABV)
We got this beer on draft at work on Monday, it was gone by Tuesday evening (1/6 keg). That's pretty fast for something that was not advertised at Hopleaf. There was a pretty good reason why it did not last; it is a good beer. This is a saison style beer brewed with peppercorns, celery seed, and cucumber. Since I'm working from memory, this will be a short review. This was a rare clear beer from Pipeworks, since their beers are typically unfiltered. It was cool and refreshing, sorta like a cucumber. The cucumber stood out, as did the peppercorns. That is all.

Update: October 8, 2014
I drank my final bottle of Poivre Vert last night. It was amazing. This is probably one of the great beers that makes Pipeworks my current favorite local brewery. They make a lot of beer; some good, some so-so, and some that are outstanding. Even their so-so beers consistently outperform many other breweries by simply avoiding some of the common off-flavors that frequently plague new microbreweries--though I've been highly impressed with the new breweries that are popping up all over Chicago lately. Nonetheless, Poivre Vert is a great beer and I would encourage Pipeworks to revisit this batch in the future, or at least make another saison with such ambitious ingredients.