Biere de Garde

English Pronunciation: bee-AIR duh GARD

A strong Pale Ale, or "beer for keeping", traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. Originally brewed in farmhouses during the winter and spring to avoid unpredictable problems with the yeast during the summertime, it would be kept and stored for consumption the following year. Farmhouse production is now supplemented by commercial production, though most Bière de Garde brewers are small businesses. Some American varieties have a high alcohol by volume content, ranging from 7-9%. Copper or golden in color, and and traditionally matured or cellared for a period of time after bottling (most sealed with a cork). Varieties are top-fermented and unfiltered, although some bottom-fermented and filtered versions exist.

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