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BISON® ORGANIC BEER: More than a beer, a movement.
Bison Organic Beer LogoFounded in 1989, Bison is an artesian company dedicated to brewing balanced, drinkable and 100% organic beers with an interesting twist.  Bison strives to lead by example, educating that one need not sacrifice the pleasures of everyday living to be green.  Bison is committed to reducing its impact on the planet through ecologically responsible choices in sourcing our packaging, production methods, and 100% non-GMO ingredients. 

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Oaktland Hop Harvest Ale

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Bison Brew News | 0 comments

Oakland Hop Harvest Ale

rawImageThis spring, Bison planted Cascade hops all over Oakland. We chose to grow Cascade hops because, after consulting several of our organic hops farmers, we were told that Oakland’s climate was perfect for this beautiful Pacific Northwest hop varietal. We were told not to expect much from the hops in the first year. But, much to our surprise and delight, our Cascade hops grew up fast and strong and we were able to harvest a good amount and use them as a dry hop in a special batch of our Hop Cuvée.

The largest yield of hops came from our friends at the People’s Victory Garden–– an edible garden created by the people of Oakland for the people of Oakland. The goal of People’s Victory Garden is to raise the collective consciousness about eating healthy and living actively––something near and dear to Bison’s heart. No artificial fertilizers, chemical pesticides or herbicides of any kind are used on the soil at the People’s Victroy Garden, essentially making it organic (without the certification).

In addition to the People’s Victory Garden, cascade hops were grown in several other local community and home gardens throughout Oakland.

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About Oakland Hop Harvest Ale

Bison-Brewing-Hop-Cuvee-The-BeeronessThis extremely-limited special edition of Hop Cuvée features cascade ho ps grown in community & home gardens throughout Oakland. Like California sunshine in a glass, Oakland Hop Harvest Ale radiates a golden hue with brilliant clarity and bright effervescence. It is a crisp, citrusy and tropical ale with a touch of pine-like bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Refreshing and sessionable, this hoppy pale ale satisfies both hop lovers and craft beer newbies.  (5.5% abv )

Oakland Hop Harvest Ale is only available on Draft in 15.5g kegs
Contact Bay Area Beverage or Call Mark Cabrera at (415) 716-9540

Honey Basil Ale

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Bison Brew News | 0 comments

Honey Basil Ale

Beer brewed with clover honey and fresh whole leaf basil.

Deep copper with amber hues, our Honey Basil Ale is a captivatingly aromatic beer infused with clover honey and fresh whole leaf basil. It is herbaceous, floral and virtually hop-less with soft hints of caramel, a pleasant basil aftertaste, and a crisp, dry finish.

(6.0% abv | 12 IBUS).

Honey Basil Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. 4-packs and draft. For more information on how to locate or order Honey Basil Ale, contact info@bisonbrew.com.

 

Honey Basil + Food

Pizza-MargheritaDraft Magazine recently featured our Honey Basil Ale in its publication stating that, “If there was ever a beer made for pizzathis is it”. And we couldn’t agree more! In fact, it is a perfect match for anything that uses basil as an ingredient. From Italian food to Thai cuisine, Honey Basil is one the most dynamic and food friendly beers in the market. Recommended pairings include pizza, pad Thai, ceviche, salads, steamed mussels, shrimp scampi, tomato sauce, pesto, grilled chicken, crème brulée, goat cheese, Burrata, mozzarella. For an interesting twist, substitute Honey Basil Ale for soda water in cocktails. Check out the Honey Basil Gin Fizz or the Honey Basil Julep for recipe ideas!

Environmental Impact

USDA-Organic-LabelBison strives to lead by example, educating that one not need sacrifice the pleasures of every day living to be green. Mindful of our carbon footprint, we strive to reduce our business and personal impacts.

Hop Cuvée is brewed with 100% certified organic hops and malts. Restaurants and bars choosing to sell just one 15.5-gallon keg of organic beer per week causes a farmer to convert one football field of farmland from conventional to organic agriculture. That is a HUGE impact, and we have the numbers to prove it!

 

Notable Honey Basil Reviews

“Basil counters this amber beer’s sweet caramel and honey notes. A garden-fresh aroma is almost all bold basil, but honey hints add a sweet note and draw out light caramel scents. A sturdy caramel base contrasts the mouth-gripping basil, creating a balance between sweet and earthy. Firm bitterness takes over just before the swallow, blending with honey for a dry finish with basil remaining on the tongue.”Draft Magazine

“Sweet honey translates right into the first sip; however, a quick herbal basil punch takes away some of that and offers a slight cooling sensation. This basil is powerful and immediately identifiable, assuming you have ever cooked in the kitchen, even once. So far, the basil and honey complement each other wonderfully.”Daily Beer Review

“My first taste filled me with a sub­tle sweet­ness of honey. This beer is very clean, smooth, and refresh­ing. The Organic basil will hit you to bal­ance that sub­tle sweet­ness and give it an herbal taste. The basil turns out to be a really unique off­set to the sweet­ness of honey in what some would really think is a weird com­bi­na­tion but trust me the two work together.” – Grab Me a Beer

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Hop Cuvée

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Bison Brew News | 0 comments

Hop Cuvée

häp – Koo- VEY (n.) West Coast Ale brewed with a blend of the season’s best organic hops, hand-selected by Bison’s brewmaster and owner, Dan Del Grande.

Bison Hop Cuvee FINALLike California sunshine in a bottle, Hop Cuvée radiates a golden hue with brilliant clarity and bright effervescence.  It is a crisp, citrusy and tropical ale with a touch of pine-like bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Refreshing and sessionable, Hop Cuvée satisfies both hop lovers and craft beer newbies.  (5.5% abv | 50 IBUS).

Hop Cuvée will be available year-round in 12 oz. 6-packs and draft starting April 1st. For more information to locate or order Hop Cuvée, contact info@bisonbrew.com.

 

Why “Cuvée”?

-5 copy 5Used by both winemakers and brewers, the term cuvée indicates a blend—typically, a special blend of higher quality. Each year, “Organic Dan” will work with organic hop growers from the Pacific Northwest to select the best organic hops as well as explore the development of new organic hop varietals to be used in all of Bison’s organic beers—especially Hop Cuvée. The 2013 Hop Cuvée recipe includes Citra® and Simcoe, two new and exciting organic hop varietals not previously available as certified organic, as well the classic Centennial hop. This year’s hops were grown by Carpenter Ranches, Perrault Farms and Roy Farms, respectively.

Hop Cuvée + Food

Tuna TartareBeers with extreme bitterness levels can strip the palate of its tasting ability, making them poor partners for most foods. Hop Cuvée was created with food in mind. Its grassy, floral and citrus hop character makes Hop Cuvée a perfect match for fresh milk cheeses, while its moderate bitterness holds up well to the mildly pungent, aged and sharp cheeses. Pairing Hop Cuvée with salty, rich and fatty foods helps to bring out its bright hop character—while its mild hop bitterness helps to ease the burn of spicy cuisines. Delicate enough to pair with sushi, yet bold enough pair with grilled meats—Hop Cuvée was made to pair with food.

Recommended Food pairings: Shellfish, sushi, cured meats, curries, Vietnamese pho, BBQ, jambalaya, fried and spicy foods, carrot cake and apple crisp.

Recommended Cheese pairings: Aged Gouda, Cave-aged Cheddar, Humbolt Fog

Environmental Impact

USDA-Organic-LabelBison strives to lead by example, educating that one not need sacrifice the pleasures of every day living to be green. Mindful of our carbon footprint, we strive to reduce our business and personal impacts.

Hop Cuvée is brewed with 100% certified organic hops and malts. Restaurants and bars choosing to sell just one 15.5-gallon keg of organic beer per week causes a farmer to convert one football field of farmland from conventional to organic agriculture. That is a HUGE impact, and we have the numbers to prove it!

 

About Carpenter Ranches (Citra)

The Carpenter Family has been involved growing hops in the Yakima Valley since 1868.  In the year 2000 our family began producing certified organic hops and recently  Carpenter Ranches planted 5 acres or organic Citra® with plans to expand acreage in the near future.   We are grateful to the many craft brewers for their creativity and innovation in developing unique brews with organic hops.

About Perrault Farms (Simcoe)

The Perrault family began farming in the Yakima Valley in 1902 on a Moxee area homestead established by Alberic Perrault. Alberic planted his first hops in 1928. He raised a large family at this location, with several of his sons forming their own farming operations.

 

 

 

 

 

Perrault Farms was established in 1968 by Alberic’s youngest son, Bernard. Today, the farm continues under the guidance of third generation hop grower, Steve, and his wife, Judy. The management team is rounded out by Alberic’s great grandson, Tim, and Steve’s son, Jason. Together they proudly represent over 100 years and 4 generations of hop farming experience.

About Roy Farms (Centennial)

Roy Farms is a Family owned diversified farming operation that provides many agricultural based products and services. The 2011 Hop Harvest will mark our 104th consecutive hop harvest in the Moxee valley.  Roy Farms prides it self in developing and implementing new farm technology that impacts harvest yields and quality of both Alpha and Aroma varieties.  Product traceability and Food Safety Standards are applied to all conventionally grown and organic hops. The Company Culture at Roy Farms supports Sustainable Farming Practices through Resource Management and Environmental Stewardship.

Notable Hop Cuvée Reviews

“The beer sings with bright grapefruit, passion fruit and a touch of pine, backed by bready, lightly toasted malts. It’s got a refreshingly dry, snappy finish, followed by an intangible, earth-friendly sense of well-being. Put simply: This is my Earth Day beer of choice, and quite possibly my favorite organic beer.” – Chris at Draft Magazine.

“Hop Cuvee is a newly released pale ale from Bison Brewing. It’s a beer that has an accessible, balanced, hoppiness that uses three different types of hop as a celebration of the best hop crops of the years. It’s crisp and citrusy with notes of pine, it’s a great choice for summer.” – Jackie Dodd aka The Beeroness

“This beer is amazing! Lots of grassy, piney and nice crunchy bitter tones. Nice smooth body with a good mix of nice grains and malt.”Andy on Untappd.

“Golden yellow in color, Thin white head. Super hops flavor with an interesting. Nice pine like flavors mixed with a finish that is quite bitter. I really liked this beer.” – BrewDad on RateBeer.com

 

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