Bardot Brasserie, the new French restaurant from chef Michael Mina, now has its own fancy pants French beer. The restaurant at Aria just unveiled Hors d'âge, a champagne-inspired French beer brewed exclusively for Bardot.
The Flemish country ale developed in Esquelbecq, France, uses barley, wheat, Strisselpalt and Aramis. Stillwater Artisanal in Baltimore, Brasserie Thieriez in France and Aria’s mixologist Craig Schoettler collaborated on the blonde brew.
Schoettler’s tasting notes on the beer call it a "lean, crisp effervescent body and spicy taste along with its floral hop aroma [that] give it a universal appeal that will please both beer aficionados and novices. Hints of marzipan and a light spice lend to a clean, dry finish with a lively carbonation, reflecting the consistency of champagne."
The 7.5 percent alcohol content is available in 750-milliliter bottles or on draft along with more than 80 international hard-to-find brews.