A new season means a fresh seasonal beer from Terrapin Beer in Athens, GA. The latest arrival as we close in on summer is Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale – a saison with a thousand pounds of peaches (probably just the juice) for every hundred-barrel batch.
Saisons are traditionally brewed in winter, and often spiced, for drinking in the hot summer sun. Maggie's pour is a bright straw color – dare I say “peachy?” The aroma is very full of fresh fruit, maybe even a little perfume.
None of that “perfume” is there on the drinking though – and that’s good. What you get is true fresh peach flavor that isn’t cloying, or in truth, very sweet at all. It’s a bit sharp and wheaty on the finish, but that’ll make it a nice way to end a day of summer sun. Some might find it a bit thin, but I’d much rather have a couple Maggie’s Peaches in July than a sugary shandy.