SAISONS and farmhouse ales are usually a summer thing, right? Well, a nice tangy, funky saison sure does go well on a warm summer’s day, but the kind of experimental fermentation which goes on in farmhouse ales is good for the whole year round.
YOU should really never start any piece of writing with the words ‘it’s that time of year again’, but when you see bottles tops dipped in wax and abv percentages rocket up, you know that strong and comforting beers are on the way.
SIT down for a chat with chef Jason Atherton and he will remind you, several times if needs be, that we are "only on this Earth for a short period of time, right?" His urgency – this is a man who has opened 17 restaurants in seven years – is simultaneously breathless, terrifying and infectious.