This is a town mouse and country mouse kind of story. (But being a brewery, with all that grain around, it's probably best to keep mice out of it entirely)...
Country Cousins was a collaboration, a parallel brew with Young Henrys and New England Brewing Co. First, Young Henrys head brewer Samara went up to Uralla in Northern New South Wales to brew at New England Brewing Co. using their open fermenter. Then, the New England crew came down to Newtown and, following exactly the same recipe, brewed in our closed fermenter.
It was a fun experiment contrasting the open fermenter, which would have been closer to a traditional vat, with the closed fermenter doing a good job of capturing the aromas.
Using a grain base of Pils, Munich and Wheat, this specialty saison then champions a single hop variety: Enigma, known for its fruit-forward flavour. We used a Belgian saison yeast; the result clocking in at a heady 6.9%, a pleasingly dry yet quenching saison. Farmhouse ale goes to the big smoke!