The Bruery Saison Rue
The second beer from The Bruery’s launch into Louisiana (see Tart of Darkness for the first), Saison Rue is one of The Bruery’s year-round beers. Even more importantly, Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure serves this Belgian-style saison brewed with rye.
It’s been almost seven years since I’ve been to Disneyland, and it’s high time I made it out there again. When? I’m not really sure, but think of all the changes in the past seven years. All the refurbishments to California Adventure are complete and they’ve added Cars Land. While I’m not the biggest fan of Cars, the first movie was pretty good and the land seems to mostly ignore the merchandise-driven second film (although I’m sure there’s lots of merchandise). When I was there last, the large CALIFORNIA letters stood in front the entrance, the giant Sun Icon stood in the sort of hub area, and the Disneyland Monorail glided through the Golden Gate Bridge. Mickey’s Death Wheel was the Sun Wheel (of Death), Mickey ears adorned California Screamin’ instead of the Paradise Pier logo, and the DCA version of Toy Story Mania was being built.
I didn’t get to see the Disneyland version of Fantasmic! nor the Sailing Ship Columbia as their scheduled refurbishments hadn’t quite finished, and the Remember, Dreams Come True fireworks show is so much better than Wishes. World of Color will also be new to me. The ability to walk between the parks and hotels, including nearby offsite hotels, is liberating and that alone gives the Disneyland Resort a much different feel than Walt Disney World.
As for Saison Rue itself, it pours from a 750ml bottle with a golden color and a large fluffy white head. A bit of Belgian funk in the nose along with a grassy scent. Light and full of rye flavor that brings a bit of peppery flavor, sweetness and a little bit of alcohol. Prickly carbonation dries the palate in the finish.
I don’t have any set plans for Disneyland yet, but I think it’s going to be my next trip to a Disney park. The two hour time difference in my favor helps too; it’s nice to feel like it’s 10:00 AM when it’s really only 8:00 AM. It makes early park touring so much easier. Perhaps when I go I’ll be sitting in the Carthay Circle Lounge sipping on a Saison Rue. Or maybe, as I mentioned in the Tart of Darkness article, I’ll head down the street to The Bruery’s tasting room. Let’s be honest, it will probably end up being both.