Bière de Garde, or "keeping beer", is a style of ale traditionally brewed in the Pas-de-Calaisregion of France. These farmhouse-style beers were usually brewed in the winter and spring, to avoid unpredictable problems with the yeast during the summertime.
Typically, beers of this style are of a copper colour but vary from golden to almost black, and as the name suggests the origins of this style lies in the tradition that it was matured/cellared for a period of time once bottled (and most sealed with a cork), to be consumed later in the year, akin to a Saison.
There are many artisanally/traditionally brewed Bières de Garde available in France, but some of the better known brands include:
- Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre, Trois Monts (8.5%abv)
- Brasseurs Duyck, Jenlain (6.5%abv)
- Brasserie La Choulette, Ambrée (7.5%abv)
American Bières de Garde:
- Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, La Roja (7.5%abv)
- Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Oro de Calabaza (8%abv)
- Leelanau Brewing Company, Good Harbor Golden (7.5%abv)
- Bières de Garde from other countries:
- Bridge Road Brewers, Chevalier Bière de Garde (7.5%abv) Australia
- Brasserie Brunehaut, Mont St Aubert (8%abv) Belgium