While many beers from the Flanders region hail from Belgium, the region was defined before the modern day borders of Belgium and France were drawn and this ‘3 Monts’ Golden Ale is produced on the French side in the picturesque town of Saint Sylvestre Cappel. Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre has been in production since before the French Revolution of the late 18th century, and is a true survivor considering it is one of about thirty breweries left in Flanders today. The brewery has remained in the Ricour family for three generations and is currently run by the talented team of brothers: Serge and Francois Ricour. Fresh out of brewing school in 1983, the brothers wisely refocused the brewery on the production of traditional ales, as they knew they couldn’t compete on the global stage as a producer of lagers only. After releasing a ‘Biere de Mars’ which was met with huge success, the brothers launched the ‘3 Monts’ label, referring to three hills in Flanders: Mont Noir in Belgium and Mont Cassel and Mont des Cats on the French side of the border. Under this label, the Brasserie produced ‘Bière de Garde’ or ‘beer for keeping’, which were strong, typically golden pale ales traditionally brewed in farmhouses during the winter and spring to avoid unpredictable problems with the yeast during the summertime. Similar to ‘Saison’, these beers were matured or cellared for a period of time once bottled (and mostly sealed with a cork), to be enjoyed later in the year. We can definitely see why Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre is considered one of the leading producers of this style and we hope you will agree!