It’s the season to introduce new beers at Brasserie Vivant.
The Belgian-style brewery at 925 Cherry St. SE is launching three new beers with its Saison D’etre Weekend promotion this weekend, August 5-7.
Saison D’etre, is a version of the French expression “raison d’être”, which means “reason for being”, and lives up to its title. The reason the company was created was to brew a unique beer in the Belgian tradition.
In Belgium, French is one of the three official languages. Season beers are seasonal beers historically brewed to quench the thirst of seasonal employees who worked to bring in the annual harvest.
The first is a beer called San Gria, a fruity sour beer that the brewery describes as “filled with scintillating flavors of white grape, apple, pear, blood orange and a skosh of blueberry and blackberry.”
The second is Essential Saison, a dry, farm-friendly beer brewed with spelled and rye.
Finally, Wild Fruit Farm Hand, a single-barrel sour craft used to ferment port. The cask was also used by Speciation Artisan Ales to make a fermentation beer before Vivant acquired it and filled it with its flagship beer, Farm Hand.
Although these saisons are not very alcoholic, they should not be confused with session ales, low-alcohol beers traditionally made for English factory workers to drink on the job for two daily sessions. .