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Biere de Garde - The Best Kept Secret of French Flanders
A reflection of the joie de vivre attitude of the French, Biere de Garde is one of the best-kept secrets of Nord Pas-de-Calais!
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Tip for Home brewers - Toasted or amber malts can add a rich nuttiness to your brews, without the "roasted" or "burnt" flavors of the darker malts. Make your own toasted malt for the greatest control over flavor - Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Spread pale malt on a cookie sheet. Toast for 60 minutes. Increase temperature to 350 degrees, and toast for an additional 30 minutes. Cool the malt, then use as you normally would.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon is now making rum in addition to its bevy of roguester beers. Rogue opened a distillery in its Issaquah Brewery last month, and is awaiting approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for distribution of its rum in state-owned liquor stores.
Jack Joyce, Owner and President of Rogue says, "This is something that keeps our brewers fresh and gives them something new and different to do."
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Biere de Garde - Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Style - Biere de Garde
Complex biere de garde of hazy sunrise amber with a light wash of thin lacing. Earthy overtones are zapped with mild tartness and sweet biscuity malt. Finishes dry and crisp.
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