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31 Beers of December Day 7 – Two Roads Holiday Ale Biere de Garde

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To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the sixth annual beer advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. We can’t believe it’s been 6 years already!

During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer enthusiasts. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer.



Two Roads Holiday Ale Biere de Garde

Blogger: Chris Drapeau
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About Chris: Greetings and Merry Holidays. I’m a traveler, touring / recording guitar player, builder, and lover of well crafted beers on occasion.
Brewery: Two Roads Brewery – Stratford CT
Twitter: @2roadsbrewing
Beer Details:
-Style: Bière de Garde
-ABV: 7.3%


Commercial Description:

Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, a subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as “Christmas Beer,” tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde.
In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.

2015 GIBF silver medal- Biere de Garde




Why I selected Bière de Noel:
I’ve participated in the 2beerguys 31 Beers of December Advent Calendar since 2012 and I have to thank Sean for asking me to join the fun again this year! I’ve been rather quiet in the craft beer world lately, but this is the time of year to get into the spirit.
Two Roads Brewing has consistently come across my table over the past couple years, and this holiday seasonal Biere de Garde style ale has most certainly got me in the holiday spirit.
Fully equipped with a serious malt character up front (which I tend to look for in my holiday beers) that clears out rather quickly into a nice blend of french hops that provide a palate cleansing and refreshing bitterness. The ABV is just high enough to warm you up and the overall balance is quite wonderful.

About the Chris Drapeau:
Currently slinging guitar for Japanese hardcore punk legends Aggressive Dogs, Christopher Drapeau is also consistently recording and releasing a plethora of solo music. He is well known for his years in the New England Heavy Metal outfit Thy Will Be Done which saw him supporting and touring with bands like Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, and Metallica to name a few. His newest release An Untold Sadness – Sonorous is available everywhere!


About Two Roads Brewery:
Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. We foster a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers we make and how we make them. In that spirit, Phil Markowski, our award-winning Brewmaster and 27 year craft beer veteran has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles.

Two Roads isn’t just the logo on our brewery building, it’s our philosophy. Life always seems to offer up two ways to go. It just so happens, we prefer the one less taken and having some fun along the way – in our lives, our careers and especially for our beers! Now our “road less traveled” philosophy is being brought to life in the beers that we create and how we create them.

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