New brew: Door County L’Automne Farmhouse Ale

Courtesy of Door County Brewing

Door County Brewing’s new L’Automne Farmhouse Ale // Photo courtesy of Door County Brewing

Back-to-school flyers are stuffing our mailboxes. Leaf-watching trips are being planned. Dew points are dropping. Despite our best efforts to prolong summer, autumn is on its way. The upside: lots of malty, comforting brews will help transition us through the waning warmth.

“We wanted to brew something that was fitting for the fall weather without being a spicy pumpkin beer or Oktoberfest. Nothing against those, just not our thing,” says Door County head brewer Danny McMahon.

Door County has a history of making yeast-forward ales. Their newest, L’Automne, takes its flavor cues from the maltier side instead. “We were inspired by some of the French style Biere de Gardes that have a really nice malt presence, but still have a hint of yeast character,” McMahon explains. “We were looking for this to be a complex yet approachable beer, and one that would be able to hold up to the dropping temperatures we get in the fall time.”

Expect the auburn-tinted ale to hit stores at the beginning of September.

Door County L’Automne

Style: Biere de Garde/saison hybrid
Malt: Pilsner, rye, caramel, Carafa II, midnight wheat
Hops: Saaz
Yeast: Saison
ABV: 7.0%
Release: September 1st, 2015 (MN and WI) through November


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