Matt adds Lemon Ginger to High Peaks series

Utica’s F.X. Matt Brewing Co., brewer of Saranac, has announced the newest beer in its limited edition Saranac High Peaks series. Saranac Lemon Ginger is a version of a traditional Belgian style beer called Saison.

The 100-barrel brew will be available in stores and on tap while supplies last.

Saranac Lemon Ginger uses lemon and ginger to create a twist on a classic European style brew. Saison is traditionally considered a "farmhouse" ale, a lighter beer that could be enjoyed every day. According to the experts at Beer Advocate, Saison was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival. F.X. Matt Brewery’s Saranac Lemon Ginger pushes the style with its Saison recipe by creating a higher alcohol content and adding more spices to present "a light, floral beer" for the summer.

Saranac brewers use traditional Belgian-grown Saison yeast, the source of the fruit-filled overtone and estery aroma. Lemon peels and ginger spices accentuate the flavor. The brewers also combined German Saphir, U.S. Vanguard and Czech Saaz hops to enhance the aromatic flavor of Saranac Lemon Ginger. Wheat malt is added to round out the recipe.

Saranac Lemon Ginger pairs well with chicken, fish and salads. Its spicy characteristics also complement Thai dishes. Saranac Lemon Ginger can also be used as an ingredient in recipes that incorporate ginger or citrus.