Other People’s Words and Necessary & Sufficient


“Doubling down is one of the most thrilling moves in Blackjack. It allows you to double your bet in the middle of a hand in exchange for one extra card. It’s a risky gamble. This can lead to more timid players avoiding the double bet, and more adventurous players making it far too often. It’s important to try and strike a balance between sensible safe play and risky double downs in order to maximize your potential.”

So why the heck would we double-down in the year of 52 beers? Well we aren’t exactly timid at Sawdust City and we’re into the adventure, after all, 52 beers just isn’t enough for us … I guess. So this week, we bring you not one, but two, new releases. 

Both releases are packaged in 750ml bottles and will be available in-store and online Thursday, July 4th.


Necessary & Sufficient 

Bursting with aromas of fragrant, juicy raspberry this barrel-aged golden ale pours a deep, rich, ruby red. Lightly carbonated, this beer accentuates a creamy body while the brilliant, white head floats atop a sea of red. Tart raspberry and oak greet you immediately, while a layer of funk meets you on the finish. This brew is very fruit forward, yet complex, and has a necessary amount of raspberries with the sufficient amount of funk to keep you on your toes.


A.B.V. 5.0%
O.G. 10.5°P
I.B.U. 10
S.R.M. 10
F.G. 11°P


Other People’s Words 

Bursting with aromas of oak, funk and juicy cranberry this barrel-aged saison pours an inviting pristine pink. Effervescent with champagne like carbonation, the bubbles dance in your glass and entice you to take a sip. Tart cranberry and oak greet you immediately, while the Brett funk shines on the finish. Dry yet complex Other People’s Words will leave you speechless. 



A.B.V. 6.o%
O.G. 13°P
I.B.U. 15
S.R.M. 4
F.G. 1.8°P



Sam’s Take 

Both of these new releases are part of the Sawdust City Winewood Series, a succession of brilliantly and uniquely crafted brews conditioned in Ontario wine barrels.

Named after the intersection of Winewood Avenue and Muskoka Road, near the site of our brewery, each of these beers was inspired by important events in the lives of ordinary people.  The names of the beers and the accompanying stories on the label remind us that life is full of surprises, and the wonderfully complex flavours and aromas of our Winewood Series’ beer is no exception.

For Other People’s Words we aged There’s No Way of Knowing Spring Saison in oak barrels for almost 2 years. After aging throughout our very hot summer last year, we found that this brew developed a nice tart note, but was very dry with a solid oak character. We decided to blend it with fresh Saison and add some tart sweetness in with cranberry juice. We brought the barrels up from the cellar and blended all three components together in a stainless steel fermenter and let all the flavours intermingle for two full months. Once the gravity stabilized we packaged it into champagne bottles and bottle conditioned for another 5 months, creating a blend that is incredibly robust and highly carbonated, similar to champagne. 

As for Necessary & Sufficient, we aged a golden ale for almost 2 years before we felt there was enough character for it to be ready. Unfortunately, it had fermented out almost all the sugar and was very thin with a bit too much tannin. So we blended in some fresh Belgian style session ale giving it a good amount of body and a big hop punch, adding yet another layer of flavour. We felt this would be a good candidate for a summer release if we added some fruit so we added fresh raspberry juice. The end results were necessary & sufficient, as brewer Cal dubbed it, and the name stuck.