One of the things I love about doing this series, is discovering some of the fascinating joint ventures between two disparate beverage: breweries joining with coffee growers and brewers, beer makers mixing with chocolatiers, brewers combining with cider makers...
Like all of the other labels by Strange Fellows Brewing, the one for their Pride + Joy Collaboration with Dominion Cider Co. is simple, and elegant. It's done in the same sort of wood print style as their other labels, though the lines are a bit cleaner in general. While it's not as "rustic" thematically as others in their catalogue, it is still an appealing one. I especially enjoy the font used.
This brew has a rather soothing- though slightly hazy look to it when first poured. It's a nice, sunny yellow, with a creamy, full head of foam on it. When the sediment settles, it clears up into a sweet, clear cider look. It is a relaxing mix between a sparkling cider, and a lager.
The first sip was quite refreshing. The blend of apple cider, and the saison ingredients was a pleasant surprise, since I find apples to be sweeter than I have a taste for. The balance between the sugary apple, and the zesty saison was almost perfect- with only minor differences between sips. Even with an inconsistent, I found it to be a fascination experience.
I found myself simply sitting back in my comfy chair, closing my eyes, and letting time flow by while I sipped away. The tension just eased from my body as I worked my way leisurely to the end. By the final sip, I was nicely relaxed, and ready to doze off to the soft sounds of jazz records.
If you're looking for a pleasant, unique, and relaxing brew- you can't really go wrong with the Pride + Joy Collaboration from Strange Fellow Brewing and Dominion Cider Co. A "Good".