Kinnegar Brewing started out its life as a brewery on a nano-scale and has bumped up to what is still an indisputably “micro” brewery, with a 10Hl brewhouse. They have a large core range for such a small company, and still find the time and capacity to regularly release seasonal and one-shot beers.
Their Saison, Swingletree is just one of their specials.
This beer is too tall to comfortable stand on any of the shelves in my fridge, so I was tempted to put it on its side. For a yeasty beer like a Saison, this can lead to the yeast settling along the side of the bottle. Kinnegar have anticipated this, and they have a sediment warning.
Swingletree pours a perfect gold, leaving about a half an inch of beer in the bottle. Its head is pure white, and extremely intense. It has some spicy notes on the nose.
This beer is very easy to drink. It has a very light body. I would not have guessed it was a 7% beer if I didn’t know. It has some spices & fruits, but the main player is the distinct earthy signature of a Saison.
The finish is very clean and dry, with very mild bitterness, but no residual sweetness to disguise the bitterness which is present.
Kinnegar Brewing are a very reliable producer, and their name is synonymous for me with quality and consistency.
I am constantly interested to see what new beers I can find from them, and their core range keeps me interested, and coming back.
As a Saison, it is very difficult to find a flaw with Swingletree. The level of carbonation from a bottle conditioned beer along with the clean crisp flavour from a beer which is not filtered or pastuerised are impressive. These traits show that the farmhouse techniques can produce beer of a standard which puts the multinationals to shame.