Barrel-aged smoked Bière de Garde
BOBASA is a blendBlendingBlending is the art and science of selectively combining young and aged beers from a vast array of different barrels and tanks. When blending, we contemplate and choose barrels and beers with varying levels of acidity, oak tannins, flavors, textures, and aromatics which will enhance the overall character of the finished beer. of barrel-agedBarrel-agedBarrel-aging at Oxbow takes place in our Portland (and Oxford) warehouse(s) where an array of farmhouse ales are aged anywhere from a few months to several years in various sized wine, bourbon, and other spirit barrels. Barrels contribute complex tannins and vanillins and the porous wood is ideal for harboring yeast and bacteria which reproduce... smoked ales. Young, smoked Bière de GardeBière de GardeBière de Garde is a malt-forward French farmhouse ale and translates to “beer for keeping” or “beer which has been kept or held.” These beers are higher strength with lower hopping rates than saisons and undergo a long, cold maturation period before being served. Traditional or historic bière de gardes were aged with mixed cultures... is blended with 1- and 2-year-old vintages aged in white wine barrels.