Origin: Calgary, AB
Style: Saison Ale
Wild Winds Brewery is a small-town craft facility knocking out craft beer and tasty soda, in that place where the strong Chinook winds blow down off the mountains and toss your garbage cans across the street. But there’s something else on that wind, aside from a malevolent force of can destroying, that speaks of the old days of the Alberta prairies. This is a part of the world where the feet of the hunter walked long before tall ships sailed the seas. Where buffalo would ford the Oldman river and millennia of prairie growth came and went. So too do the beers and ways of Wild Winds follow that tradition - that place of ancient thought and purpose. The Zephyr is a “Table Saison” - low alcohol for easy drinking without touching your head, and the flavours go well with a lot of different dishes. This is a subtle, tasty beer worth taking some time on the lunch break to enjoy. Serves well at 8°C and can store for six months.
Pours a warm honey colour with a hazy body and low carbonation. A thin ring of bubbles forms around the top of the glass.
Quite a subtle nose on this beer. You can easily pick up the slightly grainy malt but the hops are very hard to pick up, only hinting at some herbal aromas. There’s a touch of spices including clove but it’s even harder to sniff out.
Much more shows up when you get this beer onto your palate. The fruit is low key, showing you apple and lemon flavours. The baking spices emerge more clearly, tasting of clove, pepper, and nutmeg. The malt is actually farther in the background on the palate compared to the nose, but it keeps everything on an even keel, which is helpful for a beer this laid back. Slightly dry finish and little aftertaste.
Pair up with grilled sea bass and asparagus for a full array of flavours.