Friday, June 10, 2011

Bison Organic Honey Basil

Today I'm drinking Bison Organic Honey Basil brewed by Bison Brewing in Ukiah, California. The label is simple, depicting a bumble bee about to really piss off an enormous bison. There is a little story on the neck about buying organic and another on the side setting your expectations for this beer.

Nice aroma. Pronounced basil, fresh from the herb garden, takes turns with a more muted honey scent. Very interesting. Sweet honey translates right into the first sip; however, a quick herbal basil punch takes away some of that and offers a slight cooling sensation. This basil is powerful and immediately identifiable, assuming you have ever cooked in the kitchen, even once. So far, the basil and honey complement each other wonderfully.

Prickly carbonation and a spicy and light 6.0% alcohol kick do a great job at helping each flavor reach its full potential. Hard to describe, but the feel is kind of exhilarating in my mouth. Good body, too. In the end, a little on the sweet end of balanced. Though it was refreshing, I believe just a touch less sweetness would make this beer even easier to drink a few at a time. Really nice flavors, certainly creative and out-of-the-box away from normal. I totally respect that and think you should absolutely grab a few of these.

Ferry-Morse 3004 Organic Basil Seeds, Genovese (250 Milligram Packet)

Wedderspoon Raw Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+, 17.6-Ounce Jar

Organic Pellet Hop Sampler: 8 oz. For Home Brewing


shelby said...

I just picked up a 4-pack of this the other day! I'm excited to try it!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Shelby. I think you'll like it. Nice flavors and different. Let me know.

Daniel De Grande said...

Thank you so much for the nice write-up! Glad you enjoyed the beer :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Wow. The brewer of the beer stopped by and left a comment! How awesome!

Thanks, Daniel. I thought this was a truly unique beer with great flavors. I looked back to others I've tried from your brewery and I have enjoyed them all. I am a fan for sure. Can't wait to see what is next.

Dan Del Grande said...

Anytime Rob! I am a big supporter of beer bloggers (and how could I not be with the beer wench on payroll)! I am very happy that you love our beers. As for bottles, I am working on a brewermater's special release series -- but when those will hit the market is still up in the air. Working on finalizing the labels at the moment.

Where do you live? If you are in one of our markets, you might have the opportunity to try our special draft only "beer of the month" program...


Beer Drinker Rob said...

I'm in S. Florida. Hard to believe that is one of your markets, but that's where I've been buying your beer.

Love breweries and brewers that pay attention to bloggers. I've never actually met Ashley but perhaps one day. Tell her I said hello.

Brewmaster's special release series? Perfect! I also like that you guys take your time and don't have a new beer every other day, so much that it's hard to keep track of. Anyway, thanks to you.

Sud Savant said...

This sounds fantastic! And like it could shatter my shoddy disposition toward organic beer (though there are a few tasty ones available).

Beer Drinker Rob said...

For me, organic doesn't mean anything. It's all about the flavor of the beer, organic or not. But organic is not on some kind of "avoid list" beforehand. :)