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La Rive du Sud – Biere de Garde

It’s spring! What better way to celebrate than with a fantastic new beer?

Introducing: La Rive du Sud Bière de Garde.

Bière de Garde is a style that originated in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. In the days before refrigeration it was not practical to brew beer in the summer months, because the hot weather was not favourable for fermentation. So the brewers of the region made strong beer and stored it in underground cellars for consumption during the summer.

Originally a farmhouse style, made at home, it was adopted by a few northern breweries and was nearly lost as a style because the few breweries that made it were destroyed during the two world wars, their tanks taken and melted down for the manufacture of weapons.

Even today if you take a trip to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais area, you’ll likely be bombarded by Eurotrash lagers and Belgian yellow fizz rather than a Bière de Garde, but if you persist, you’ll find a few examples. But if you live in Nova Scotia, you can enjoy one right now.

We’re proud to produce this once noble beer, and are doubly proud to have made Nova Scotia’s very first Bière de Garde.

Made with simple base malts and dark caramelized sugar this seemingly simple combination of ingredients yields an ale of noteworthy complexity. With notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, as well as tangerine, peach, nutmeg, clove and allspice. We lagered (well, guarded, actually) this ale for weeks until it was perfect. It’s remarkably smooth on the palate and although it has a dry finish, it has a lingering spicy aftertaste that invites you to take another sip. 7.5% ABV.

Get it while it lasts in 650 ml bottles, 1L growlers and on tap at select locations.

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