Sunday, March 7, 2010
Southampton to release "Biere De Mars" in 12 oz. bottles
The award winning Long Island Brewery Southampton has decided to bottle their popular spring seasonal "Beire De Mars" in smaller bottles. The beer had previously been available in 750 ml bottles and on draft. Until this year, Southampton has released the beer in very small amounts. This year's release of "Beire De Mars" will be in a larger amount in addition to the different packaging.
Beire De Mars is also a style of beer, the French Translation being "March Beer". The style of brewing a "Beire De Mars" originated in Northern France during winter when the cellars were at the coolest to give the beer a more refreshing taste. Biere De Mars's were designed be quench thirsting in the summer months much like a Saison.
Southampton Brewmaster Phil Markowski elaborates, "Our version is brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts and a generous amount of continental hops. It is cool fermented and aged to give it a clean, smooth, lager-like character,”
Southampton "Biere De Mars" weighs in at 6.5 % abv, 22 ibu's and contains Saaz, Magnum and Goldings hops. Two types of Yeast are used in the making of this beer, I was unable to determine which kind were used but it is very plausible that one of them is Brettanonmyces. Brettanomyces or "brett" is a wild yeast strand which has become very popular in the last few years. Several breweries have made beer in this style using brett.
Southampton's Beire De Mars should be available very shortly wherever Southampton beers are sold. The beer will be available on draft, 6 packs and a spring seasonal 12 packs.