OTTAWA – (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.
Beau’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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.