I first heard of Biere de Garde from Garrett Oliver’s book The Brewmasters Table. Being a fan of the Belgian Farmhouse or Saison beers, I needed to try the distant French cousin of those styles. Biere de Garde is a gold color with a herbal, spicy nose. There is a light hop bitterness that gives way to a biscuity and sweet flavor from the malts. It’s a very herbal beer, that is gentle and refreshing, that matches so many dishes with a strong herbal component.

On to the food…
With such an array of flavors in a “Thanksgiving” meal, you need a beer that can match and cut through those heavy flavors. Biere de Garde is the one, Garrett makes the match between the herbal notes of the gravy and stuffing that link perfectly to the herbal qualities of the beer. Caramelized malts meet the browned turkey skin, while biscuity malt flavors match the light nutty flavor of the meat. The carbonation in Biere de Garde lifts everything and cleanse your palate. It’s a terrific match, truly fantastic.
beer + food = Barleydine

The Brewmasters Table by Garrett Oliver


  1. 1 Michael 0 at 9:18 pm

    I just came across this style of beer and THIS particular brand, too. It's delicious. I was wondering what sort of meal it would go with — thanks for the suggestion. Next Thanksgiving, I know one thing I'll bring along.

  2. 2 Michael 0 at 9:25 pm

    Oh yeah, and I also just came across your blog. I'll be going through your posts now/next couple o' days, too. Very interesting…. If nothing else: thanks for some suggested pairings!

  3. 3 LEP 0 at 10:34 am

    You'll love the Biere de Garde with Thanksgiving. Watch for this years meal. We have South Hampton Biere de Garde to mingle with our bird.

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