I bought my first six-pack of Le Printemps in March, my thirst for brewmaster Danny McMahon's spring saison whetted by the excellent first two installments in the rotating Belgian-influenced series. I bought my second, third and fourth six-packs by the time we published a run-down of good late-spring beers in this space in May. By June, I was asking most of the bottle shops I frequent if they had any left, a tricky proposition considering the fey, proper French pronunciation.
Le Printemps, the beer equivalent of that first glorious short-sleeve day after a dreary winter, was worth any Midwestern-macho emasculation wrought by its name. Bright, fruity hops played in harmony with a zesty earthy-spicy-bubblegummy yeast. That's in past tense because while Le Printemps will return next spring, it may have a different recipe.
But also: By late summer, Next Door Brewing's Livacious, with its pronounced sweet fruitness and gentle spicy-funkiness, had me rethinking again whether I had a new favorite Wisconsin saison. (Close, but not quite.)