Muskoka Brewery “Caught Red Cranded” Cranberry Saison, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada (Alcohol 6.6%, 20 IBU) As Part Of “Survival Sampler” @ Beer Store $18.95 (Apparently at LCBO but not on website!) or “in singles in select locations”??? (473ml can as part of the 6 x 473ml Survival Sampler)

Originally released as part of the brewery’s limited Moonlight Kettle series, it’s nice to see this brew getting a broader release. I picked this offering up as part of the Survival Sampler 6-Pack, but I am honestly unsure as to where one can purchase the cans separately as indicated on the Muskoka Brewery website.

The Caught-Red-Cranded Cranberry Saison pours a hazy rich pink with a frothy white head, and gives off an appealing nose of peach and tangerine, with just a hint of white pepper. On the palate it tastes extremely dry, with loads of fresh and extremely tart cranberries, which makes it utterly delicious and lip-smacking.

I’ll admit that I had actually left this selection until second last, as the thought of a Cranberry Saison didn’t really appeal to me when I first opened the case, and I was leaving the stout for just before bed. However, upon sampling this most interesting take on the Saison style, I was most impressed, even imagining that it may make a rather suitable pairing with a seasonal turkey roast for those not inclined to enjoy wines with a festive dinner… you know, that little connection between turkey and cranberries?

3.5 apples out of 5
(Three and half apples out of a possible five)


Jamie Drummond

Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And that was most pleasant to imbibe.