By Mary Anderson
People have been drinking chamomile tea to reduce stress for centuries. But now, the flowers take on a new form with Colorado tea giant Celestial Seasonings, and Soul Squared Brewing Co.’s collaboration to create a new limited release beer: Chamomile Saison.
“This is a classic Belgian-style saison with light spicy phenolics and fruity ester-notes,” Soul Squared Brewmaster Jay Shambo said.
The new brew was created by adding chamomile flowers after fermentation. The result? A nuanced chamomile taste and aroma.
Soul Squared, located on a farm in North Fort Collins, is Colorado’s original farm-based brewery. Using fresh ingredients grown on site, the brewery reminds Celestial Seasonings, a Boulder-based company that now serves 1.6 billion cups of tea a year (according to their website), of their humble beginnings.
“Soul Squared’s commitment to using their own farm-grown and other fresh regional ingredients harkens back to the early days of Celestial Seasonings when founder Mo Siegel handpicked wild local herbs from the Rocky Mountains to create our first teas,” Tim Collins, Celestial Seasonings’ VP of Marketing, said.
The beer was served for the first time to the thirsty attendees of the Boulder Beer Festival Aug. 19. Later, the collaboration will be released to the members of Soul Squared CSA, the brewery’s beer club, before being distributed to select locations throughout Northern Colorado and Boulder.