Epochal: Barrel-Fermented Ales Siphonaptera (375ml)
A 3.8% Saaz table beer. In the 1800’s, funky, hoppy table beers were a very Scottish thing, and Saaz was a favourite variety of the producers who made them. Siphonaptera draws inspiration from this tradition.
It is pale in colour and fluffy in foam. On the nose, there are notes of overripe lemon tea, honeysuckle, beeswax and violets. On the palate, it is airily light with a clean, snappy bitterness. Just the ticket for unreasonably hot weather.
The name is a reference to a poem by the great logician, Augustus de Morgan, about an infinite regress of increasingly small fleas. He used it to illustrate the idea that every particle in the universe might be made up of smaller particles, and so on, all the way down.