Farmhouse Ales

farmhouse ales

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farmhouse ale is an ancient european tradition where farmers brewed beer for consumption on the farm from their own grain hops and yeast most farmers would brew for christmas andor harvest time but in areas where they had enough grain farmers would use beer as the everyday drink this was in a time when it was safer to drink beer than water

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farmhouse ales have their roots in the farmland once known as flandersa region that currently stretches right along the belgianfrench border before the industrial revolution agriculture in the area attracted a ton of seasonal workers better known as saisonniers although the crops being harvested were intended for sale the ales brewed at the farmhouse were not, commonly called farmhouse ales and originating as summertime beers in belgium these are not just warmweather treats us craft brewers brew them yearround and have taken to adding a variety of additional ingredients