This is the gem of the gems! Pierre Tilquin worked at Drie Fountain and tried to buy the brewery before the thermostat accident after that he worked at Cantillon and was hoping to buy into the brewery but went his own way. Like Drie Fountain he uses Lindemans, Giradin and Boon gueuzes for his blends but he is the only blender to get and use Cantillon for this blends. We are actually getting the first year of his three years of existence that Cantillon is part of the blends. Unlike the Drie Fountain these will priced reasonably at around $11 a 375 ml bottle at the retail level (of course depending on the store). This blender only produces 500 hectolitres a year to put that into perspective is less than half the size of Cantillon and about 1/60th the size of Wild Rose. Alberta got 80 cases of this and it is a cellar monster.
For those that donít know I love my Farmhouse ales freak and have covered the topic in features for Beer Advocateís and All About Beerís magazines. For those that own the Brewers Association book Farm House Ales I was allowed in more of breweries than the author of the book. This one is a labour of love and depending on how this one goes we have interest in three other French breweries and a couple Belgian saison breweries that are all just as small and cool.
Nice!! I think I am going to cherry pick the saisons and sours out of there for my first purchase. Not to mention I think those are the first beers in our market categorized as "Biere de Garde" - at least that Iíve noticed.
both of which I wasnít aware of! I wonít be able to try the Brewsters any more and I am not sure if the Mill Street is available either. The distribution on RB has two Calgary stores but no Edmonton. So short of finding it at Sherbrooke it looks like this new one will still be the easiest for me to get!!
Gramity, I have a nice biere de garde for our gathering (its in the google doc already), and I have the Mill Street one in my fridge at the moment that I didnít post on the list. I will happily keep it aside to share as well if you want.
Patrick you are 100% right that it was French forgot about that one. As to it being a Biere de Garde I might argue with you and even with the Thiriez stuff we are bringing I would argue there is only really one BDG amongst the three. The line between the two farmhouse styles is very blurry.