Pouring beautifully golden, slightly hazy, with a generous frothy head, this delightfully hoppy Saison is the result of a collaboration between the Norwegian craft brewery, Nøgne Ø and Bridge Road Brewers from Beechworth. The Saison-meets-IPA combination is apparent straight away in the wonderfully yeasty aroma along with citrus, exotic fruit, and grassy notes. The hops – Australian Galaxy and Stella varieties – are robust but the Saison qualities shine through thanks to a specialty Saison yeast strain, a bright, crisp carbonation, a subtle spiciness, and a smooth, medium mouthfeel. This is a complex beer, superbly brewed, and has many devoted fans, us included. The ABV is barely noticeable – there’s so much else going on. But it’s a seamless journey – a meeting up of friends who, on paper, might not get along, but in reality bring out each other’s best qualities. Enjoy it with some of your own buddies and a big platter of good cheeses and charcuterie.