Trophy Brewing’s Les Stewart describes his style as “Belgian-American fusion.”
It’s evident in one of the Raleigh nanobrewery’s flagships, Best in Show, an “American saison” with a Belgian farmhouse ale body and citrus hop aroma.
To further steep himself in Belgian beers, Stewart traveled with Trophy’s chef Dave Mitchell and owners Chris Powers and David “Woody” Lockwood to Belgium and France in mid-February.
In a recent interview, Stewart talked about the trip and how it will influence his brewing. Here’s an edited transcript:
What I’m tasting
Just in time for the warm weather, Mother Earth’s award-winning pilsener is now on bottle shop shelves in 12-ounce cans. The Kinston brewery won a bronze at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, now named Park Day.
It tastes like the weather with a bready, light fruity taste that finishes spritzy clean. And at 4.8 percent, it’s built for a long sunny day outdoors.