Swedish Synergy

To the excellent phantom breweries we have discussed in previous posts, you can add Omnippollo (Stockholm) without hesitation. Founded in 2010 by Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin, this small enthusiastic structure has already built a solid reputation, which has gone well beyond the borders of Sweden.

These two guys have a watchword: Refuse to brew with one specific brewery. They’ve worked (amongst others) with Nomada Brewing (Spain), EvilTwin Brewing (Denmark), Brouwerij De Molen (Netherlands), and De Proefbrouwerij (Belgium). Among the thirty-one beers they produce, we tried this 4.5%-ABV “Gracchus Saison,” the result of a collaboration with Siren Craft Brew (UK) and Michael Bates, a home brewer — brewed at Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri (Sweden).

Aroma and taste are fruity and spicy, somewhat grassy, with a little something of straw and barnyard — which is absolutely not a defect for a Saison. Among the ingredients listed (juniper berries, lemon zest, black peppercorns, cardamom), the lemon takes wins out, delivering a dry and tart finish. A fresh and funky Saison, ideal for a hot summer day…