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Jackie O's Brewery Director of Brewing Operations Seth Morton Talks Pockets of Sunlight

94 Rating - Exceptional
Jackie O's Brewery Director of Brewing Operations Seth Morton Talks Pockets of Sunlight

We spoke with Jackie O's Brewery Director of Brewing Operations Seth Morton about Pockets of Sunlight.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
I love the Brettanomyces character in Pockets of Sunlight. Our house mixed-fermentation Saison culture has a handful of different Brett strains that when given the right treatment, produce a bright, fruity, and lightly funky Brett character, without being overly "sweaty" or "barnyard-y."

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Mixed-fermentation Saison as a style would definitely be my desert-island beer, and Pockets of Sunlight is one of my favorites that we produce.

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
Pockets of Sunlight is a good lesson in how you have to be patient and attentive when making mixed-fermentation beer. When we first brewed Pockets of Sunlight, the intention was to do a 3-month ferment in stainless steel, then transfer to wine barrels for extended aging. However, the beer itself had other plans. When checking in on it at about two months into its stainless ferment, the beer presented so bright, delicate and aromatic, we realized putting it into oak would do the beer a disservice. When you make mixed-fermentation beer, you are not in the driver’s seat for most of the ride.

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
This beer is paired best with lighter, spicy dishes of Cajun or Latin influence. Grilled snapper with poblano chile sauce is a favorite of mine. 

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