Saison style beers started out as farmhouse ales. Often, they were dry hopped or even spiced. Farmers brewed them in the winter and stored them until harvest. In many cases, the beer was aged in oak barrels. Almost all the saisons came from family farms. Goose Island's Sofie is a traditional saison. Regional barley malt is used. Amarillo hops add a spicy, fruity aroma. Cellaring is done is oak barrels with orange peel. Every bottle contains active yeast. How come we named it Sofie? After my daughter, of course. Love goes into every bottle. Like my girl, our saison, Sofie, is bright and full of life. - Greg Hall, Brewmaster.