The Friday Pint #138 – Uncle Bear’s Blueberry Saison

Uncle Bear’s Brewery is located in Phoenix, AZ. Uncle Bear is actually a Labrador, and his image can be seen in the brewery’s branding.

On February 10th, I tried Uncle Bear’s Blueberry Saison as part of a number of Arizona brewed beers.

Based on the name, I was expecting to somewhat enjoy this beer. I was expecting a refreshing fruity beer, with a few of the flavours I’ve come to expect from traditional saisons.

What I found was a beer that disappointed expectations. The aroma, unsurprisingly, was very strong in blueberries. Blueberries were also present in the taste too. Again, this is to be expected in a Blueberry Saison. The beer did seem much more dry than I was anticipating, and nowhere near as refreshing as I would have liked.

If I had to recommend an Arizona brewed beer with blueberries, I would probably pick Big Blue Van from the College Street Brewery in Lake Havasu. I found that beer to be much more refreshing and thirst quenching than this one.


On an historical note, I’ve been made aware that it’s been two years since the Dancing Man Brewery opened in the old Wool House in Southampton. It’s now been over five years since they first started in The Platform Tavern. I may have been slightly disappointed with the initial offerings, but over time things improved, and Dancing Man soon became one of my favourite things about Southampton.