I have enjoyed Arthur several times but never took a photo and actually wrote up a review. When talking with people about Hill Farmstead the conversation often starts out with their hoppy offerings; Abner, Edward, the Society & Solitude series and the many other excellent beers but people may overlook the fact that some of the World’s best saisons are also coming out of Greensboro. In fact Beeradvocate’s list of top saisons 11 of the top 20 are from Hill Farmstead / Grassroots Brewing.
Arthur is Hill’s straight up saison, no honey (Anna), no dandelions (Vera Mae) and no barrel aging just a straight up farmhouse saison. Arthur pours a really hazy orange with a huge bright white head. Aroma is an amazing mix of green apple, lemon and light funk. Taste is even more enjoyable than the aroma as you get the same green apple, lemon but you also get a small amount of peppery spice. There is just the right amount of sour funk and a dry refreshing finish that makes this beer incredibly drinkable.
The saison style varies widely but this is just what I like from a farmhouse saison. In the recent months the limits on Hill Farmstead’s saisons has increased significantly so you can typically come home with one to three cases. Next time Arthur is available I may purchase my limit as it is that good.
Pros: Complex and refreshing
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.