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You know all those famous Swiss breweries you’ve been hearing about? Uh, right. But there is one, and they’re worth checking out. Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, or BFM, is an enclave of mad-scientist brewers that make a point to add weird ingredients to every beer, like the Belgian tradition to the 10th power. Some are subtle, using cloves or cinnamon or sage. But the Tarry Suchong is more hare-brained, a smoked beer (i.e. using smoked malt) brewed with tarry souchong, a smoked Chinese black tea. It’s an amber beer, with a tannic dryness from the tea and more of a campfire taste than many German smoked beers, which spell BACON in all caps.
BFM owner and brewmaster Jérôme Rebetez will be at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown on Monday, Jan. 18, starting at 6 p.m., where they will be pouring six BFM beers. No cover, no reservations. Full beer list after the jump:
- La Meule – Swiss blond ale with sage
- Tarry Suchong – amber ale with smoked tea
- Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (3 different vintages) – BFM’s oak-aged sour ale, a different recipe every year
- Cuvée Alex le Rouge (cask) – imperial stout with tea, vanilla, and peppercorn