LA MERE MARIANNE

CULINARY ALE | 5.0% ABV

AVAILABILITY:

SINGLE BATCH (SEPTEMBER RELEASE) | DRAFT ONLY

DESCRIPTION:

A blonde ale base, together with fresh, locally harvested apples, brown butter, sage and other select ingredients. The result is a fragrant, sessionable and savory ale that is well-balanced on all fronts. As you would expect, she pairs beautifully with a wide range of meals.

THE STORY:

When we began to work on a project with Peter Agostinelli, Executive Chef at Bedford Village Inn, the idea was to combine the culinary expertise of an award-winning kitchen with the art & science of beer design.

At the conclusion of our first meeting with BVI’s leadership, we asked them to name their favorite book. Following confused looks, they cited Auguste Escoffier’s "Le Guide Culinare" (or "A Guide to Modern Cookery") of 1903. Much more than just another cookbook, this work redefined the restaurant world, standardizing and streamlining kitchen practices; it is still used today in culinary schools to train the next generation of chefs. 

Within that book is a culinary style centered around cooked apples, brown butter & chef-specified seasoning which can be used in many dishes: "a la Mere Marianne." Escoffier, a proud native of France, chose to name the dish for his country’s Marianne; the female symbol created by the people to represent their cause during the French Revolution. She is the personification of reason, liberty, equality and fraternity - the antithesis of tyranny and oppression - and her image lives on to modern day. Strong, noble and determined, she embodies what it means to be Able.

You can read the full story of La Mere Marianne here on our blog.