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
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.