At the pub itself, two fun celebrations will punctuate the month. First, on July 6, visit the brewery for a horizontal tasting during its Night of the Alsatian Blonde Ales. Brewer Ben Edmunds created a French blonde ale using a saison yeast; the batch was then split three ways and aged on three different types of white wine grapes common to the Alsace region of northeastern France. This night, Breakside will serve taster trays of the individual strains—riesling, gewürztraminer, and muscat—as well as the Cremant Gentil, which is a blend of all three.
Then, on July 16, join Breakside for a night at the beach—the official Beach Saison Release Party. This party will celebrate one of the brewery’s exciting new seasonal beers. Edmunds worked with Cascade Brewing’s Sean White to create a Dupont-style saison for the summer season. Since everyone’s trying to look their ‘beach season’ best, the pub will offer drink and food specials to anyone who comes dressed in beach attire. The night will also include a special release of a second version of the Beach Saison aged on Oregon cherries.
Meanwhile, other special releases, including some barrel-aged beers, will be available throughout the month. Edmunds and new assistant brewer Sam Barber have prepared a series of experimental beers, still released each Wednesday. Upcoming brews include a Curacao Gruit (June 29), Heffenhoofer Hopfenweisse (July 13), Belgo-Scottish Ale (July 20), and Gin-Barrel Double Wit (July 27).