In northern France in the 1800s, at the end of the fall harvest, farmers would blend their fresh-picked hops, barley, and wheat malts into brews to be aged in barrels over the winter. The resulting beer, served in March – hence the name Biere de Mars, or "March Beer" – was smooth, bright, and complex, with hints of citrus and spice. A growing number of American craft brewers are now attempting this style, using traditional methods as well as modern-day twists, only you can drink them all Spring. Here are three to crack open today.
Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars
This Michigan-based brewer eschews the old-school cold-aging process. Instead, they place their Biere de Mars in oak barrels at room temperature, where the beer undergoes a second fermentation that makes it deliciously sour. [jollypumpkin.com]