Thirsty Thursday: Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer
by Ross E. Lockhart
I’ve been traveling lately, so it’s good to get back home. But it’s hot at home. Summer is in full swing, the solstice is here, and so the last few days have been spent hiding from the sun with the fans on and the lights off, in a semi-successful attempt to keep cool.
Fortunately, I recently discovered Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer, a saison brewed by Austin, Texas’s Jester King Craft Brewery, so tonight, this is my Thirsty Thursday means of keeping cool. As mentioned previously, saisons are low-alcohol pale ales originally brewed in Wallonia, Belgium, and were traditionally used by farmworkers to keep themselves hydrated and happy during long, sunny days in the fields. Le Petit Prince is indeed petite, with an ABV of 2.8%, and has a literary pedigree, being named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Bizarro allegorical novella, The Little Prince, and its planet-hopping tiny doomed despot with a heart of gold. More about that in the pairings.
Le Petit Prince pours a light, translucent golden with a thin, creamy head that falls to lacing quickly. Grassy on the nose, with aspects of malt, straw, lemon, and pilsner yeast. Perhaps a suggestion of banana. Crisp and hoppy on the tongue. Lemongrass and crisp apples, lemon zest, wheat bread, and black pepper. Lightweight, crisp, and prickley. Moderate carbonation and a spicy finish.
Pairings recommended for those with a bit of allegorical planet-hopping in mind. On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux…
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. One of the best-selling Bizarro books of all time, and one of the most widely-translated books of the 20th century, The Little Prince chronicles the heartstrings-tugging adventures and discoveries of a alien prince fallen to earth, and the irrational adults he encounters on his way. Bonus Bizarro points for elephant-eating boa constrictors, sheep in boxes, and planet-destroying baobab trees.
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene. Three days after his partner is bitten in half by a brachiosaur, a nameless monk meets the love of his life. Her name is Petunia. She is a dinosaur. But a twenty-year war between their species is about to come to a head, and only one will survive.
Hooray for Death! by Mykle Hansen. Death by sandwich! Death by yoga! Death by blimp! In HOORAY FOR DEATH, Famous Author Mykle Hansen draws unconventional humor from deaths tiny and large, and invites you to laugh while you can.
Slub Glub in the Weird World of the Weeping Willows by Andrew Goldfarb. A creepy cute, voodoo cartoon set in a world of ghouls, witches, and pink monkeys. Slub Glub (a blue glob-like creature) has awoken to find his world has been flooded by the tears of the Weeping Willows. His quest to help cure the sadness of the willows leads him on an interplanetary adventure that will reveal the secret meaning of the world.
Ross E. Lockhart is the managing editor of Night Shade Books. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, he holds degrees in English from Sonoma State University (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA). In 2011, he edited the acclaimed anthology The Book of Cthulhu. He lives in an old church in Petaluma, CA, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books, and the conspicuous absence of dog. Visit him online at http://www.haresrocklots.com.