If you're going to name one of your launch beers Foundation, it means a couple of things. You're making a statement that this represents you and your ethos. And, as such, it needs to be bloody good.
First things first: it certainly spells out just what Slow Lane are about: an open-fermented, red wine barrel-aged farmhouse ale featuring flaked wheat and oats, spicy European hops and a Belgian saison yeast alongside Brettanomyces. And if it's a sign of what's to come, well, two tickets please!
Pale golden and clear, you can't miss the distinct saison character - peppery, a little funky and farmhouse-y, with capsicum and a broad spice character. It's crisp, dry and – arguably most promisingly – impeccably structured around a crackers and light honey malt backbone. I'm a sucker for such beers and this one delivers a sucker punch.