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Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale brewed by Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC

Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale brewed by Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina        

Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale is liquid summer. This farmhouse ale brewed with Saison yeast and North Carolina basil. We add six pounds of whole-leaf basil per batch, yet the beer retains a subtle basil aroma and taste that favors nuance over obvious. The beer pours with a creamy, white head and finishes with notes of lemon, pepper, and (prepare yourself for precious food terminology) Bouquet Garni. A lawnmower beer…if you mowed over your herb garden.Summer Basil was the very first batch we brewed on our commercial brewing system, and we offer it only when local basil is in-season.
Availability: June through November.5.4% ABV.

Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance: The beer pours a very light golden yellow color. A thin, creamy white head develops at the top of the pour with slight retention throughout the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Smell of lemon accompanied by yeast and grain dominate the nose. Basil is prominent in the nose along with slight pepper notes.

Taste: Sweetness of malt hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. Basil flavor dominates the middle of the sip and carries through towards the end. The beer finishes with a peppery bitter, dryness.

Mouthfeel: This is a light bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall: This ale is a tasty, interesting beer. Per the brewery website, the beer is brewed with six pounds of basil per batch. The basil definitely comes through in the aroma and flavor, creating a very light, fresh flavored beer. This beer makes for a tasty, refreshing summer treat.

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In the past few years, North Carolina’s beer selection has flourished with beers around the world: Belgian dubbels, tripels, and quads; English bitters and barleywine, German lagers. Amazing craft beer from US breweries establishing regional traditions and styles: the West Coast IPA phenomenon. Hearty Wisconsin lagers. Experimental beers from the Northeast.

But we have yet to develop a Southern craft beer identity.

Fullsteam’s mission is to craft this identity. To create a distinctly Southern beer style that celebrates the culinary and agricultural heritage of the South.
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Fullsteam’s owner and Chief Executive Optimist
Sean Lilly Wilson founded and led both Pop The Cap and Permit Beer, two beer lobbying organizations that have opened up economic markets to North Carolina’s craft beer industry. He holds both an MBA and Master of Public Policy from Duke University. Sean has ten years restaurant experience, including three years at Durham’s renowned Magnolia Grill.

Fullsteam’s Zymologist
Chris Davis, aka 32 is Fullsteam’s resident Zymologist. 32 comes up with new, off-the-wall Plow-to-Pint beer concepts and many of our more traditional Workers’ Compensation offerings. He also vets Sean’s crazy visions, keeping eye rolls to a minimum. He’s a two-cycle scooter nut and a proud papa.



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