“This beer was inspired by women and those who love them.”
Rex Servus is based upon a relatively extinct style of beer called a grisette.
This style became popular in Belgium’s Hainaut province in the late 1800s. During this time, this region was changing from an agricultural to a coal and stone mining industry. Reportedly, at the end of the work day, the miners would emerge from their dark coal mines to be greeted by women with trays of cold refreshing beer for the men. The workers did not know the name of the beer, but since the women wore grey frocks (grey being the undyed color of wool and thus the most common and least expensive garment of the working class) they called the beer grisette which is the feminine form of “grey” in Flemish.
This beer was a farmhouse ale, similar to a saison, lower in alcohol, golden, refreshing, and with a significant portion of wheat in the recipe. In addition, to this, I took the liberty of adding some lemon to make it slightly tart and thus even more refreshing. I can imagine these hard work miners in the the depths all day thinking of how at the end of their day they would come out to the sun and some refreshing beer delivered by friendly ladies and this would be the highlight of their day.
Though these “grisettes” were seen by most as common servants, but in the eyes of those miners, they became queens. Rex Servus is Latin for The Servant King, the other inspiration for this beer, our Lord who came from his heavenly throne to become a common man “not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life for many.” The picture on the beer is by Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo, which also happens to be the first gift my queen gave to me.
Join us Saturday April 14th from 1 to 6 pm for the release of Rex Servus Grisette – Cheers!