Biere d'Avril Biere de Garde

An amped-up tweak of Northern Brewer’s Biere de Garde kit, brewed, garded (lagered), and split: half for now, half for Thanksgiving. As seen in Brewing TV – Episode 13.

A criminally-underappreciated beer style, in our estimation (Saison and Bock, together at last!), and, according to Garret Oliver, top-notch with roast turkey. Seeing as how T-giving is my favorite holiday, I vowed to not be without it this year. Brewed it extra-hefty in spring to withstand and improve over the long, cold road to November.

But as it so happens, Biere de Garde is traditionally, like its Belgian cousin the Saison, a provision beer for the fermentation-unfriendly summer months. And at the time of this writing, it’s still summer, citizens. So … keg for now, bottles for later. Have cake – eat it too.

Biere d’Avril – Blonde biere de garde
5 gallons, all-grain
OG: 1.078 FG: 1.012

Grist:
– 10 lbs Belgian Pils
– 2.5 lbs German Munich 20 EBC
– 0.5 lbs Belgian Aromatic malt

Mash:
– 148°F for 90″
– 170°F for 5″

Boil:
– 1 oz Palisade @ 60″
– 1 oz Styrian Goldings @ 30″
– 12 oz table sugar @ 5″

Fermentation:
– White Labs WLP072 French Ale, 1000 ml starter w/ stir plate
– 14 days @ 64°F
– 90 days @ 35°F

No WLP072?
Yeah, me neither, now … that Platinum Strain ship has sailed. My year-round-available choices would be WLP008 or WLP029.