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As part of our plans to celebrate the coming of summer, the family made a trip out to the Farm at SummitWynds in Holden, MA to attend the opening evening of their Lavender Farm Fest.  As a pleasant surprise, the nearby Seven Saws Brewing Company had a fairly prominent presence there, pouring, among other things, a beer they made specially for the event!

Beer Name: Buzzsaw

Brewery: Seven Saws Brewing Company (Holden, MA)

Style: Blonde Ale with Honey and Lavender

ABV: 5.0%

Description: I couldn’t find much info on this beyond what I’ve already said, but to recap this was a blonde ale brewed with lavender and honey.

Appearance: Draft only, it poured to a light orange/copper colored body, topped by a thin white layer of foam.

Smell: Faintly sweet, with light herbal and floral notes on the end.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt base enhanced with a bit of extra body and sweetness by some smooth honey notes.  The lavender came through mostly towards the middle and end as a slight herbal presence lurking mostly in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a nice thick smoothness from the honey. Low carbonation.

Hype: None.  I wasn’t familiar with the brewery and I had a really not good experience with the last lavender-based brew I had.  Of course I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to give this a try though.

Overall: I was initially kind of skeptical, but after tasting it I felt like this was pretty good while my wife absolutely loved it!  I liked the sweetness and texture the honey added and, most importantly, the lavender was not over done. There was just enough to give the beer a nice aroma and subtly influence the taste, but not so much that it was overpowering.  A nice, easy drinking beer that was a perfect tie-in to the event. Well executed.