Glutenberg Indiegogo Campaign Launch


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unnamedGlutenberg microbrewery launches its very first Indiegogo crowd funding campaign today and it’s asking its fans’ support in anticipation of its Ontario launch.

Montreal, November 18th 2014 – We’re excited to launch our very first Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to ask for YOUR support for our most recent project: the distribution of Glutenberg beers in Ontario at The Beer Store. Check out our project here

It’s now been three years that we’ve been pouring our hearts and souls into creating not just the best gluten-free beer, but the best beer possible, period. Since our beginning, we’ve experienced phenomenal growth, both in Quebec and outside of our borders. To date, Glutenberg beers are available in 8 Canadian provinces, 14 American states, and Italy and Brazil, which makes us very proud. However, despite the proximity, we’ve never been able to establish ourselves in Ontario, one of North America’s most important markets.After many unsuccessful attempts trying to work with the LCBO, we’ve finally decided that our beers would be distributed at The Beer Store, the only alternative to the state-run corporation LCBO. However, contrarily to the LCBO, this second option requires a massive investment on our part, an investment we won’t be able to make without your precious help. It’s for this reason that we’re launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today.

The greater our fans’ (and your readers’) support, the wider the distribution of Glutenberg beers in Ontario, because we have to pay fees for each The Beer Store location that will sell our beers. And even if your readers don’t live in Ontario, know they can still help us by making a smaller contribution or by sharing the link below on social media.We hope to be able to count on your support to spread the word about this great project, either by writing a short article, or by sharing the link about our campaign on social media. Thanks a million!


Beau’s Announces Dates, Headliners for 2014 Oktoberfest


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10549625_1506890239522986_1373963397_nOTTAWA – (July 10, 2014) Tickets will go on sale Thursday August 7 for the 6th Annual Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest, presented by local craft brewery Beau’s All Natural. The two-day festival and signature fundraising event will take place Friday October 3 and Saturday October 4, at the fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

A baker’s dozen of different Beau’s beers will be served up cold and tasty this year, with many German styles represented, and a mix of brand-new recipes and returning favourites. For those craving a sneak preview, four of these beers will be sold starting in early September at the LCBO, in a special Beau’s Oktoberfest 4-pack. The 4-pack will also sell through home delivery in Ottawa via BYBO (www.bybo.ca), and the brewery retail store.

Canadian music is, as always, a big part of VKH Oktoberfest. National indie rock icon and Juno Award winner Joel Plaskett with The Emergency headline Friday’s performers, which also include The Rural Alberta Advantage and Groenland. Saturday’s show is headed up by Newmarket, Ontario’s indie rockers Tokyo Police Club, and also features electro hip-hop performers Radio Radio. Canada’s polka king Walter Ostanek is back again this year for daytime entertainment, as are traditional German dance group The Schuhplatters. A bigger, better stage for this year’s Oktoberfest promises better sightlines and more room up front for fans.

The Cask Area is expanded this year, featuring a tremendous array of naturally carbonated beers from a wide variety of local and Ontario craft breweries. “School of Bock” also returns with tutored tastings and food-pairing sessions for the eternally beer-curious. Foodies will be presented with even more Bavarian and seasonally inspired creations to choose from this year: Beau’s has lined up 25 local restaurants for each day from across Ontario.

The festival’s fun activities and challenges return for 2014, including the stein-hold struggle, sausage-eating contest, and keg tossing for height and distance, as well as the popular spouse-carrying race. Spectators for these events will now have access to licensed, covered grandstand seating to enjoy these events in a bigger arena. The non-licensed kids’ area “Kinderfest” is back as well for the youngest festival-goers, as is the Games Midway, Skateboarding Demo area in conjunction with Antique Skate Shop, and homebrewing demonstrations. Beau’s brewery remains open for tours and tastings from 10-6 daily, with a shuttle bus running to and from the grounds.

The VKH Oktoberfest will raise money to support the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and local grassroots charity Ottawa Riverkeeper, as well as the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, Just Food, Hidden Harvest, Unshaven Mavens, and a number of smaller charities. Last year’s festival raised more than $75,000, for a five-year fundraising total of $242,000 for this event.

A total of 15,000 tickets will be released for sale beginning August 7. Last year’s attendance was 12,000. Adult admission is $22 taxes in, and includes an Oktoberfest hat, a pretzel and your first beer or other beverage. Two-day passes are $33 for $11 of savings, and kids passes (18 and under) are $5. As in previous years round-trip bus transportation will be available from Ottawa, Cornwall and Montreal, at a cost of $15. To gain free admission, Beau’s welcomes “Volun-beers” to help out during, before or after the festival. Those interested can apply at http://www.beaus.ca/volunteer.

More information about Beau’s Oktoberfest, including sign-up for activities (individuals and the Team Challenge), a full list of beers and bands, and details on how to get involved with fundraising will be posted in early August at www.beaus.ca. Beau’s gratefully acknowledges the support of Oktoberfest sponsors The Printing House, Theoret Martel Proudfoot Insurance Brokers Ltd., and Desjardins.


Top 4 Fan-Favourite Beers Chosen for 2014 Best of Beau’s Mix Pack


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OTTAWA – (July 4, 2014) The votes are tabulated for the brands that will make their way into the 2014 Best of Beau’s holiday mix pack, and the selections are a creative cross-section of the diversity of beer styles Beau’s All Natural Brewery has come to be known for. In order of number of votes, the chosen beers are: St. Luke’s Verse (lavender gruit), Winterbrewed (coffee-infused amber ale), Burnt Rock (vanilla porter), and Mission Accomplished (American-Style IPA).

A total of 2,097 votes were cast to choose the winning beers during the month of June. This was the third year Beau’s let democracy decide which of all the beers Beau’s has ever produced would go into the 2014 4-pack. Beau’s has released a total of 81 beers in the eight years the brewery has existed, and only a handful of brands that were impossible to recreate were excluded from the voting.

Wild Oats Series beer #33 St. Luke’s Verse Gruit Ale was brewed in 2014 in honour of International Gruit Day, a celebration of this unique style of beer brewed with a variety of herbs and spices in place of hops. Copper in colour, St. Luke’s Verse offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender, accented by thyme and rosemary.

Winterbrewed (Wild Oats #9) was last brewed in 2013, and is an amber ale brewed with a blend of Mexican, Guatemalan and Ethiopian Organic Fairtrade Coffee from Bridgehead Roastery in Ottawa. The beer is malty, with roasted, toasted flavours of coffee and barley melded with nutty, fruity inflections. Winterbrewed won a Bronze medal at the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards.

Burnt Rock is a classic British-style porter brewed with additions of organic vanilla beans and extract. Despite what the weighty aroma suggests, Burnt Rock has a good, clean finish, and sessionable drinkability. Part of Beau’s Pro-Am Series (#5), which pairs amateur brewers with the Beau’s brew team, this wonderful winter warmer was first brewed with Ottawa-based homebrew club member Patrick Boisvenue. Burnt Rock won a prestigious Gold medal at the 2013 Mondial de la Biere competition in 2013.

Completing the 4-pack is Wild Oats #35, also from February 2014, Mission Accomplished: an American IPA brewed with a bold hop aroma and assertive bitterness. The combination of organic American and New Zealand hops give the beer sweet, juicy notes of tangerine, tropical fruit and pine. Bready malts provide some backbone but ultimately are no match for the smooth hop bitterness.

The mix pack, containing 4 signature 600 ml bottles, will be sold for $24 in LCBOs across Ontario, as well as direct from the brewery, and through home delivery in Ottawa via BYBO (www.bybo.ca). The 4-packs are expected to be on the LCBO shelves in November 2014, just in time for the holiday season


“Best of Beau’s” Holiday 4-Pack and Winter Seasonal Bog Water Returning to LCBO


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4pack2013-photoOTTAWA – (November 28, 2013) Beau’s All Natural Brewing is launching its second annual “Best of Beau’s” sampler pack this weekend, just as the holiday season officially begins. Beau’s winter seasonal, Bog Water, will also return to the LCBO beer line-up this weekend, and continue through until spring returns. The Best of Beau’s mix pack contains four fan-favourite Beau’s beers, chosen by popular vote earlier this year.

Top 4-pack votes went to Burnt Rock, a classic British-style porter brewed with a generous addition of organic vanilla beans. The vanilla provides aromas reminiscent of pipe tobacco, while dark malts offer chocolate and coffee nuances that balance the medium-bodied beer. Earlier this year Burnt Rock received a Gold medal at Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, QC, and a barrel-aged version of the beer received a Bronze medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Voters also selected Doc’s Feet Dubbel, a mahogany-coloured interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style. It features a pronounced fruitiness and malt character; spicy notes such as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg complement its alcohol warmth. Doc’s Feet has an initial sweetness that progresses toward a dry, earthy finish.

Screamin’ Beaver Oak-Aged Double IPA was voted into the mix pack for a second year in a row. An amped-up version of the brewery’s spring seasonal Beaver River, this beer has been dry-hopped and aged on oak staves. Screamin’ Beaver weighs in at 9.9% alc./vol. and 99 IBUs. An initial flavour of grapefruit gives way to subtle oaky, vanilla flavours, along with caramel and citrus.

Completing the Mix Pack is Rudolphus VI, a Belgian-inspired IPA which features tropical fruit notes and a spicy yeast character. Late-addition hopping provides flavours of orange, unripe peach, and star-fruit, and Belgian ale yeast offers notes of pepper and intonations of clove. Rudolphus VI finishes clean, balanced, and dry with a noticeable hop character.

bogwater2013Beau’s winter seasonal Bog Water will also launch this weekend. Dubbed by the brewery as an “Eastern Ontario” Gruit, this rare and ancient style uses a wild-harvested herb known as Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale), used extensively in brewing in the 1500s, to add flavour and to preserve the beer. The seasonal brew is malty with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by a spicy, earthy bitterness.

Presented in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles, the Best of Beau’s Mix Pack is $24 including tax and deposits; single bottles of Bog Water are $4.35 each. The Best of Beau’s Mix Pack and Bog Water are available at select LCBO locations, finer restaurants and pubs, the Beau’s retail store at the Vankleek Hill brewery, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).


IKEA Brews Beer, No Assembly Required to Drink.


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Turns out IKEA is brewing its own beer to be sold in all countries at their store. Two types are available, a light (ljus) and a dark (mörk) beer will be offered in 330ml bottles and weight in at 4.75% ABV. I have no idea if the beer is akin to their furniture (as in cheap and not very well crafted), but the reviews don’t look great online. Drinkable, a bit sugary and one reviewer said it tasted like cardboard. Perhaps they barrel age the beer in unused pressboard from their side tables.

All jokes aside I’m a bit curious to try it with some Swedish meatballs.


Beer Festival After Parties


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At 9:00pm every day during the Beer Festival there will be different after parties at various brewpubs. If you want to continue the tasting and party you should go check one of these out.

Wednesday June 6th

Collaborations evening at Dieu du Ciel

@ Brasserie artisanale Dieu du Ciel! 29, Laurier West.
They are offering a special series of beers designed and brewed in collaboration with brewer friends from around the world as well as special Dieu du Ciel beers.

Thursday June 7th

Brew Pub Brouhaha’s 4th Aniversary

@ Brew Pub Brouhaha, 5860, de Lorimier Av
They will be offering a large list of house beers including Quebec and imported Grand crus. As well as appetizers from their smokers will be offered.

Friday June 8th

Funky Bitter Night at Cheval Blanc

@ Cheval Blanc, 809 Ontario Street East
There will be aged beers (Imperial Russion Stout Bourbon 2011, Vielle Brute 2011), several brett beers (Triple Cheval Brett) and a few other bitter beers (Petite Saison, Citra IPA, Falconer’s Flight IPA). With a surprise private importation beer list and Grand crus from other Quebec breweries.

Friday June 8th

7 gluten free beers to taste

Resto-bar Zero8, 1795 Saint Denis
$0.80 cent tasters or $4 bottles and appetizers of gluten free beers.

Saturday June 9th

Quebec-Ontario Cask Evening at Benelux

Benelux, 248 Sherbrooke Street West
Benelux is offering a historic cask evening. 10 of the best IPA’s straight from the “Ontario IPA Challenge” will meet against 10 of the best IPA’s from Quebec. All these beers will be served simultaneously by gravity from the cask. Check their Facebook Amis du Benelux for more details.

Saturday June 9th

Continue the Experience at Terrasse St-Ambroise

McAuslan Brewery, 5080 St-Ambroise Street
Come chill out on the terrace at the McAuslan Brewery. Raspberry Ale will be offered at a special price of $4 a pint! Open from Noon to Midnight.


Special McAuslan Glass Available Now


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If you are at the Montreal Beer Festival this weekend you should take a moment and stop by the McAuslan booth. They have just released a really nice tulip beer glass for $8. I also heard a bit of news that if you like them on facebook and let them know they have a small gift for you at the booth.

The fun doesn’t stop there, at 12:00pm on Saturday (June 9) they will have a special Beer Festival event where pints of their Raspberry Ale will be $4. A very good deal to enjoy the weather after a few samples at the festival.


St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale Launch Tonight

McAuslan’s limited-edition Raspberry Ale is back just in time for summer. The beer will be available in select stores this week and the launch event will be at their terrace this afternoon at 5pm where the ruby red beer will be on tap.

St-Ambroise Framboise is ruby red in colour and brewed with real raspberries and choice hops. This 5% alcohol by volume beer won Silver at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards.
“This is a refreshing summertime beer – emphasis on the word “beer”. We brew Raspberry Ale only once a year and when it’s gone, it’s gone” says Peter McAuslan, Founder and President of McAuslan Brewing. “Brewing specialty ales for our consumers’ enjoyment is important to us, and is our way of thanking those who enjoy our beers.”

A four-pack will cost you about $9.99 and it is worth it. This is a great refreshing summer beer. The balance between hops and raspberry is perfect in this beer and it is easily one of my favourite summer fruit beers. It is available at select stores and you can view the list at McAuslan.com. You can visit tonight, May 16th and 5pm behind McAuslan Brewing (5080 St-Ambroise, Montreal) on their terrace for the launch.

About McAuslan Brewing
Established in 1988, and located in St. Henri along the banks of the Lachine Canal, McAuslan’s year-round offerings include: St. Ambroise Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Apricot Wheat Ale, Cream Ale, and Griffon Extra Pale Ale and Red Ale. In June 2011, St-Ambroise Pale Ale and Griffon Extra Pale Ale were awarded the top place in their respective categories by consumer report magazine, Protegez-Vous.


Dogfish Head releases gluten free seasonal.

Dogfish Head brewery is releasing a gluten free beer in late January 2012. Replacing the barley with a mild sorghum base. While this will allow beer drinkers who suffer from Celiac disease to enjoy delicious craft brew this actually sounds like something I would want to drink. Hints of molasses and pit-fruit balanced with strawberry notes. Yum.

“It seems as if lots of folks who have gluten- tolerance issues are pining for an interesting beer,” says Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione. “While there are a few well-made examples that mirror traditional beer styles, there aren’t any off-centered offerings.”

Enter Dogfish’s fruit-forward Tweasonale.

For our first new 12-ounce 4-packs in nearly half a decade, we replaced the classic barley foundation of beer with a mild sorghum base. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit are balanced by vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity that comes with the addition of a malty buckwheat honey.

We believe health-conscious beer drinkers and the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction and drinkability of this very special brew.

This is part of Dogfish Head’s new “Tweasonale” line of beers that will release four different seasonal “between the seasons”.