Beer of the Week: Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire

Posted on August 3rd, 2011


About: Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin is perhaps best known for their American take on traditional Belgian and French styles like saisons and bière de garde. Jolly Pumpkin is also known for a characteristic tart-ness of many of their beers, and those of us who love sours are big fans of their work. Much of that characteristic flavor comes not only from their yeasts but from their particular aging process – all of Jolly Pumpkin’s beers are matured in oak barrels before being re-yeasted and left to bottle-condition.

Billed as a Dark Farmhouse Ale, the Bam Noire asserts that it’s “Dedicated to the dark side.” Let’s find out.

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Style Profile: Biere de Garde

Posted on November 24th, 2009


The French are not particularly well known for their beer. Although wine gets most of the attention in France, there are some wonderful French styles of beer that are worth seeking out. Today we’re looking at Biere de Garde, a style which makes a great accompaniment to Thanksgiving.

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