Saint Augustine Ale

Katryn and I are happy to introduce you to the newest beer from Rampant Brewing Company:  Saint Augustine’s Ale!  In order to satiate my thirst for Belgian beers we decided to brew our very own Saison.

Saison (or season, in French) beer is a traditional style brewed in French speaking regions of Belgium.  Farmers would brew their own beer to refresh farm hands during harvest seasons.  Traditionally, these were light beers around 3%-4% alcohol.  Newer styles of this beer are typically a lot stronger and Saint Augustine’s Ale is no exception at around 8% alcohol.  A cloudy light amber color, our Saison has a lively carbonation that finishes smooth with light citrus flavors from the Belgian yeast.

We decided to name our Saison after St. Augustine for several reasons.  First, and most importantly, St. Augustine is actually the patron saint of brewing!  A man after my own heart, good ol’ St. Augie (as I like to call him) was quite the party boy back in his pagan days.  He was notorious for chillin’ with his boys in Milan, drinking, and chasing skirts.  Then, after his conversion, St. Augustine went on to write many works that influence many of the central ideas of modern Christianity (but that isn’t what is important here).  Because of his wild younger years St. Augustine is now known as the patron saint of brewing.

While that is one of the main reasons we named our Saison after St. Augustine, there are several personal reasons as well:  St. Augustine’s feast day is on August 28th, which also happens to be my lovely wife’s birthday AND St. Augustine is my christian name!

I’ll just end this little brewing and history lesson with our favorite quote from St. Augustine:

“Love is itself the fulfillment of all our work.  There is the goal; that is why we run: we run towards it, and once we reach it, in it we will find rest.”

Cheers!

4 Responses to Saint Augustine Ale

  1. pat ferrance says:

    There is a quote “Beer is proof that God loves us” or something like that.

    • Nathan says:

      Benjamin Franklin is actually given credit for the quote: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

      However, from the two seconds of Google research I just did (everything you read on the interwebs is true) this is an urban legend. What Ben actually said was:

      “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

      Close enough, right?

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