PRESS RELEASE: The Canadian Brewing Awards are coming to our Nation’s Capital

It’s that time of year again! The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards is fast approaching. This year some of Canada’s best breweries and cideries will be honored in our nations capital. The awards will be held May 25-27 2017. Online submissions far now open at entries.canadianbrewingawards.com and will be open until March 10, 2017. For more information on the awards, conference and tickets head over to canadianbrewingawards.com and read the full release below.


The Canadian Brewing Awards are Coming to our Nation’s Capital

15th Annual CBAC will be held in Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2017 – The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAC) is set for May 25-27, 2017 at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. CBAC 2017 combines three days of industry education and business networking, ending with an exciting awards gala recognizing the top beers and ciders in over 50 different style categories.

“Being Canada’s 150th birthday and the [Canadian Brewing Awards’] 15th anniversary, it only makes sense to have this year’s CBAC in our nation’s capital,” said Rob Engman, CBAC president. “Ottawa’s vibrant brewing community is so eager and enthusiastic about this year’s CBAC, it’s going to make it a really diverse and exciting experience!”

Alongside the announcement of the 2017 conference location, new eligibility rules have been announced for this year and beyond. Taking effect this year, all beer and cider submissions must be from a Canadian-owned brewery or cidery whose products are produced and packaged in Canada.

Last year, the CBAC saw over 1200 entries from 240 breweries/cideries. This year, organizers expect to see a significant increase in entries to reflect the growth in the Canadian brewery and cidery industry.

Online submissions for the CBAC are now open at entries.canadianbrewingawards.com and will be open until March 10, 2017. Early bird pricing for the conference is also open and tickets can be purchased at canadianbrewingawards.com. With tickets selling out in 2016, the planning team is anticipating another sold out conference for 2017 in Ottawa.

About the Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards are the premiere competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer and ciders. The contest is the only truly national competition that invites breweries and cideries of all sizes from across the country to compete in a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned blind tasting to determine who creates the best beer/cider in a variety of style categories. A Canadian Brewing Award medal is a widely recognized symbol of brewing excellence in Canada.

PRESS RELEASE: Single-day tickets now on sale for Beau’s Oktoberfest

It’t that time of year again! Summer is almost over which means it’s time for the two-day fall festival of Bavarian proportions happen at Beau’s in Vankleek Hill. The festival in its 8th year has grown year over year and this year should be no different. Starting July 25th single day tickets are on sale. So if you plan on going get your tickets fast as last years Saturday was a sell out.

There are plenty of ways to get there with bus transportation and also if you’re looking to make a weekend out of it camping space is available. Tons of great acts will be on stage all weekend including 2016 Juno nominee k-os.  The festival will have biggest craft beer line-up in festival history, with 16 different Beau’s beers, 40 guest brewery taps, gluten-free beer and craft cider will also be available.

This is one event you don’t want to miss.

Full Press Release Below.


(VANKLEEK HILL – July 25, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Beau’s Brewery is kicking off single-day ticket sales today for the 8th annual Beau’s Oktoberfest, a two-day fall festival of craft beer and Bavarian culture held in Vankleek Hill, the small village where the local craft brewery is located. Last year’s event attracted nearly 19,000 festival goers over two days, with a sell-out crowd on Saturday.

Set for September 23rd and 24th, this year’s mainstage lineup will feature iconic Canadian rockers 54•40 and Toronto indie musicians Born Ruffians on Friday, and 2016 Juno nominee k-os and Vancouver singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas on Saturday. Additional entertainment includes Fast Romantics, Motel Raphaël, and Gazoline. Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostenek and his accordion will be back again to supply traditional German music during the day. The Black Forest stage will run daytime as well, featuring indie folk and punk music.Photo by Ben Welland. http://byfieldpitman.com

The 2016 edition of Oktoberfest will have the biggest craft beer line-up in festival history, with 16 different Beau’s beers flowing on tap at bars set up throughout the festival grounds, and more than 40 guest breweries supplying a keg of their finest in the Craft Haus area. Gluten-free beer and craft cider will also be available.  28 Ontario and Québec restaurants will be on hand to serve up a vast selection of Bavarian-inspired cuisine.

As in previous years, round trip bus transportation is available from Montréal, Ottawa, and Cornwall – this year guests can also choose to upgrade to coach buses for an additional fee. Camping space has been expanded for this year, and in addition to onsite food options, the camp area will show an outdoor movie on Friday and Saturday nights. Camping space is limited and must be pre-registered. Tickets are also now on sale for School of Bock sessions, a series of seminars exploring the world of craft beer with guest speakers and brewers. Sign-up is open for select onsite activities too (malt sack races, sausage eating, and partner-carrying).

Oktoberfest is Beau’s signature fundraising event, and this year total dollars raised is expected to top half a million dollars. On that theme, registration is underway for the United Way Charity Bike Ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest. Riders receive a custom Beau’s cycling jersey and free bus transportation back to their departure location (Ottawa, Bourget or Cornwall), with additional perks to top fundraisers. New for 2016 is Gigs4Good, a contest that gets bands to fundraise for Ottawa- and Montréal-based charities with a top prize of three paid gigs in 2017: Pouzza Fest, Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and Beau’s Oktoberfest Black Forest Stage.

Adult admission to the festival is $32; 2-day passes are $45, and kids passes (18 and under) are $5. The ticket includes a voucher for your first beer or other beverage, and the first 2,000 people through the gate each day will receive a souvenir alpine hat. Single-day tickets, weekend passes and all add-ons and registrations can be accessed at the Beau’s Oktoberfest website: beausoktoberfest.ca. As in previous years, Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so would-be festival-goers are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Beau’s All Natural is an employee-owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery. Founded in 2006 by father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s brews interesting, tasty beers using best-quality certified organic ingredients & local spring water. In addition to flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Beau’s portfolio of award-winning beers include the “Wild Oats”, “Farm Table” and “Gruit” Series. Beau’s has been a recipient of more than 85 awards for brewing, packaging design and business practices, including 2 Gold medals at Mondial de la Bière (Strasbourg, France, and Montréal, Québec); 6 Gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, 7-times “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” and 7-times “Best Regularly Produced Beer in Ontario” at the Golden Tap Awards. As a Certified B-Corporation, Beau’s meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Beau’s beer is available in Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, PEI, and New York, and is coming soon to Alberta and British Columbia. Beau’s is the Official Brewery of Ottawa 2017. Oh yeah!

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

PRESS RELEASE: Beau’s All Natural Brewing begins distribution of craft beer across Canada

2016 has  been a big years for Beau’s. First changing its ownership to employee owned, their 10 year anniversary and now announcing Canada wide distribution. Yesterday (July 7th 2016) Beau’s announced they will begun distribution of its Lug Tread Lagered Ale across Canada. In addition to Lug Tread, Beau’s popular “Wild Oats” and “Farm Table” series of beers will see some distribution as well into these new markets. By year-end Beau’s will be in 8 of 10 provinces , with distribution fully Canada-wide by the end of 2017.

Full Press Release below.


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(VANKLEEK HILL – July 8, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Eastern Ontario craft brewery Beau’s All Natural has begun distribution of its award-winning Lug Tread Lagered Ale across Canada. Two east coast provinces, New Brunswick and PEI, now have Beau’s Lug Tread available, and sales will launch in Manitoba next week. Beau’s has already made its portfolio available in Québec for more than a year, and plans are in place to add Alberta and British Columbia this summer to the list of provinces Beau’s Lug Tread is available.

Lug Tread is a German-inspired hybrid beer style Beau’s has dubbed a “lagered ale” – meaning that it is brewed with ale yeast, but then cold-aged like a lager, giving it light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Since its launch in 2006, the versatile golden ale has garnered more than 20 local and national awards and distinctions, including 4-times Gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards, and 7-times Best Beer in Ontario at the Golden Tap Awards. Like all Beau’s beer, Lug Tread is certified organic, and brewed with local spring water at the family-run brewery in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

“We are excited to be able to add Beau’s to the selection of great craft beer already available in these provinces,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “Craft beer drinkers are always happy to have more choice, and we know from our fans in Ontario and Québec that Lug Tread is something truly special. It’s got lots of flavour to enjoy, but at the same time it’s crisp and finely balanced. It’s really the best qualities of an ale and a lager in one fantastic beer.”

As noted, New Brunswick and PEI will have Lug Tread on shelves of local beer sellers right now, and Manitoba is expected to have it available next week. In addition to Lug Tread, Beau’s popular “Wild Oats” and “Farm Table” series of beers will see some distribution as well into these new markets. Distribution of Beau’s in the east will be handled by Eisenhauer Agencies, in BC and Alberta by UnTapped Craft Imports, and in Manitoba by Eclectic Beverages. Steve Beauchesne expects to have Beau’s in 8 of 10 provinces by year-end, with distribution fully Canada-wide by the end of 2017.

Cross-Canada distribution represents a major change of plans for Beau’s, who had previously stated an intent to keep its beer within a one-day drive of the brewery. Beauchesne notes that his rationale is a reaction to changes in the craft beer landscape in Canada, and his concern for its future. “With the recent and sudden acquisitions that the ‘hyper-mega’ breweries have made of strong Canadian craft breweries, we became quite concerned that with only a small handful of national independent craft breweries, the whole industry is at risk of being commoditized. Our commitment to staying regional made us part of the problem. We’ve made this expansion to make sure that there are strong voices on a national level for craft beer in this country.”

The cross-Canada expansion is part of a series of big announcements Beau’s is making as part of its 10th birthday celebrations this year. On July 1, 2016, Beau’s began the process of making its 160 employees into owners of the brewery through an ESOP, and in early June announced its partnership as the official brewery of Ottawa 2017, a major celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday taking place in the National Capital Region. More announcements are planned for this banner year marking 10 years of award-winning brewing for the employee-owned, independent Canadian craft brewery.

Beau’s All Natural is an employee-owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery. Founded in 2006 by father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s brews interesting, tasty beers using best-quality certified organic ingredients & local spring water. In addition to flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Beau’s portfolio of award-winning beers include the “Wild Oats”, “Farm Table” and “Gruit” Series. Beau’s has been a recipient of more than 85 awards for brewing, packaging design and business practices, including 2 Gold medals at Mondial de la Bière; 6 Gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, 7-times “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” and 7-times “Best Regularly Produced Beer in Ontario” at the Golden Tap Awards. As a Certified B-Corporation, Beau’s meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Beau’s beer is available in Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, PEI, and New York, and is coming soon to Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

PRESS RELEASE: Beau’s Farm Table Series continues with Farm Table: I.P.A.

Another beer in Beau’s Farm Table Series is coming down the river.  It is the return of the “Beaver River IP Eh” with a new look. will be available for a four-month feature in Ontario LCBO stores, and will also be made available in the next few weeks through Ontario grocery outlets that carry craft beer. Craft-friendly Québec-based grocery and corner stores will also stock it for the same four-month feature.

See the full release below


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(OTTAWA – Apr. 8, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Fans of Beau’s two-time Canadian Brewing Award gold medal winner “Beaver River IP Eh” will be pleased to see the recipe return this week, under the umbrella of the Farm Table Series. Called Farm Table I.P.A., the assertive yet very drinkable 6% India pale ale marries the typical flavour profiles of the British and American interpretations of this style. Its bready malts and caramel flavour are complemented by a hop blend of five varieties, creating citrusy, earthy aromas.

The Farm Table Series from Beau’s Brewery is designed to feature beers brewed true to a classic style, and that have a “more-ish” characteristic in the way that each lends itself easily to another sip. The Farm Table: I.P.A. recipe has been brewed each spring at Beau’s since 2008, and garnered gold medals for the local craft brewery at the Canadian Brewing Awards in both 2011 and 2013. The beer is unfiltered, and is dry hopped to amplify the bold hop aromas the I.P.A. style is known for.

Farm Table I.P.A. will be available for a four-month feature in Ontario LCBO stores, and will also be made available in the next few weeks through Ontario grocery outlets that carry craft beer. Craft-friendly Québec-based grocery and corner stores will also stock it for the same four-month feature. It will be sold in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles. Farm Table I.P.A. can also be purchased from the Beau’s Brewery retail store, or for home delivery in the City of Ottawa via the BYBO service (www.bybo.ca).

A Ride Along with Brew Donkey

Brad Campeau is on a mission to make craft beer accessible to everyone in Ottawa. He’s the owner and operator of Brew Donkey, a start-up that delivers craft beer and runs brewery tours around the city. This week, I got a chance to ride along with Brad and get a glimpse into a day in the life of the donkey.

Our morning begins in the Brew Donkey- a modest single room in Maker Space North, a collective office space in the 250 City Center complex. The room is packed with boxes full of stickers, posters of various beers in the area and a few jars full of hops. Inside sits the donkey himself.

“It’s not very glamorous,” he warns me as we walked out to the minivan that he uses for all of his deliveries. As we get into the vehicle, he pulls out a piece of paper covered in his own chicken scratch with a list of beers for the day- nine different orders to be picked up from ten breweries.

Brew Donkey started in 2013. Brad was in Vancouver and Victoria and saw the accessibility to craft breweries and beer, and realized that was something that Ottawa didn’t have.

“You could visit eight or nine breweries in about a 25 minute walk, so three or four breweries a day was an easy walk. Ottawa’s not like that,” he explains.

In addition, there was wide craft selection in private beer stores that Ontario couldn’t match. Brad saw an opportunity to bolster Ottawa’s craft beer scene, and so he put together Brew Donkey.

Our first stop- Big Rig Brewery in Kanata. As soon as Brad walks in the door, he’s greeted with familiarity by everyone in sight. The most jovial of these is Brewmaster Lon, who declares that Friday is Boot day, and pours us each a sample of a new cask that he’s opened. It’s a mandarina hefeweizen, a new experiment by Lon.

“I think experimentation is super important,” Lon tells me, “but I think quality is even more important than that. Even if people are experimenting, good sound procedures and getting a good sound beer is still important within that process. I’m happy to try experimental beers, but sometimes people don’t adhere to enough quality control measures when they’re going into those things.”

His mentality is clear in the beer, it goes down smooth with a pleasant citrus touch to it that leaves the drinker wanting more. Brad picks up his order- a growler of Big Rig’s Black IPA, and we’re off to our next destination.

In addition to the deliveries, Brew Donkey runs brewery tours each weekend.

“The brewery tours were something that I initially envisioned as something to help our current delivery customers get better educated on the beers that were available for delivery,” says Brad “but at this point more often than not people are just using the tours as a great time.”

The tours go to three breweries in a given area of town, where the tourists get to go to the back room, sample beers and learn about the companies. While we drive on from Big Rig to Covered Bridge, Brad explains that the brewery tours had taken off more than he could have possibly expected. Almost every weekend, the tours sell out, he tells me over the clanking of empties in the back of the van.

After a short drive south, we arrive at Stittsville’s Covered Bridge Brewing, where we’re greeted by a smiling John Van Dyke, co-owner of the company. Brad picks up a Black IPA for the delivery- apparently they’re a popular item this week. After the beer is bought, I get a chance to talk with John.

“We’re getting a lot of great beers out there, which I think is only a good thing for people around Ottawa and for brewers.” says John. “I think it’s probably the best way that we can encourage people to start drinking craft beer and drinking locally. If we can kind of convert some of those people that are normally drinking some of the big name brand stuff over to craft beer that’s great.”

With some covered bridge in hand, we’re off to Broadhead Brewing.

Brew Donkey, like any business, isn’t without its struggles. Due to Ontario’s strict liquor laws, Brad isn’t allowed to hold any inventory on the beer. If he keeps beer overnight, he technically becomes a distributor, not a delivery service. This means that all beer has to be picked up on the day of delivery.

Sometimes, people place orders for beers that are sold out by the time Brad does a delivery day. Others think they can order beer for instant delivery at any time.

Another challenge is expanding delivery limits. Brad uses area codes to determine his limits, but many of the communities surrounding Ottawa are on the edge of massive area codes. Promising delivery to rural communities can be difficult, especially considering most people will only order a few beers.

Today, Brad’s deliveries will start on the east end, but I can’t tag along that far. There’s only two more breweries to go before he drops me off.

The first of these is Broadhead, a bustling brewery with DIY equipment and a handful of people seemingly on their lunch break picking up some beers. Here, Brad hands in a couple boxes full of empties. If you order from Brew Donkey, he’ll bring your craft empties back to the breweries as well. After giving in $100 worth of empties, he grabs a growler and a can and we’re off to Nita Beer.

Nita is a new company off of Collonade drive. Brad tells me that they’re targeted at creating beer for the active sporting community. Upon arrival, it becomes clear what he means. Their beers are each labeled with skiing difficulty signs according to how heavy their flavour is .

Andy Nita is the owner of Nita Beer. When we arrive, he has just finished updating the new Brew Donkey online store with a trio of new stouts, Perfectum, Omne, and Trium.

“We released three stouts based on good things come in threes,” says Nita “The Trium one I like the best, it’s actually a spiced stout that has cloves and cinnamon in it. The cinnamon cloves was kind of like ‘well there to be a lot of those ingredients in Irish cooking, so let’s fire it in and see what happens’”

We pick up a growler of their OPA, an IPA and hit the road once more. After Brad drops me off, he’s going to swing by a pub to meet with an Ashton Brewing Company representative, and then off to the Clocktower before working his way to the East end.

Once all of the beers are picked up, Brad will begin his deliveries in the evening, and then do it all again on the next delivery day.

As promised, the day wasn’t particularly glamorous but it allowed me a sneak look inside of one of the most exciting aspects of Ottawa’s growing beer community. Brad says that Brew Donkey has been well received by the small population that know of it. The brewers themselves have nothing but praise for him.

“It’s really good for us,” says John from Covered Bridge, “People in the east end can try our stuff even if we’re not on tap there, and that just creates more demand for us, so yeah it’s a good thing.”

Big Rig’s Brewmaster Lon was even more enthusiastic.

“He is the Don Quixote of craft beer. He is Don Quixote on a donkey, driving beer to the windmill every day, it’s beautiful,” Lon smiles “He’s bringing beer to the people.”

Ottawa Craft Beer Pub Crawls: The Glebe

Everyone loves a good pub crawl, but who wants to crawl from bar to bar drinking weak, tasteless beer? In this ongoing series, I’m going to lay out the best craft beer pub crawls that Ottawa has to offer. Each bar has a suggested beer, and an alternate option if you want to shake it up a little.

Glebe Pub Crawl

 

1. Local Public Eatery- Landsdowne
Rotating Taps
Alternate Option: Whitewater Whistling Paddler

Start your night out with a beer of your choice from one of the best new taps in the city. Local offers a diverse set of six rotating taps, so ask what’s on deck this week and let the pub crawl begin.
If you’re not feeling a surprise then you can rely on some Whitewater Whistling Paddler, English ale from the Ottawa valley.

2. Irene’s Pub- 885 Bank Street
Beau’s Lug Tread
Alternate Option: Ashton Brewing Company

Saunter along from one of Ottawa’s newest hotspots to an old classic just three blocks away. Irene’s has long been a staple of Ottawa’s pub community, so pair it with a staple of Ottawa’s beer community- Beau’s Lug Tread. Between the pub and the pint, you’ll get the most authentically Ottawa experience that this pub crawl has to offer. If you plan well, you’ll even get to soak up some of a live show while you’re at it.
If Beau’s isn’t your style, Ashton Brewing Company has made a name for itself in Ottawa bars, so ask what they have from ABC on tap.

3. The Arrow and Loon- 88 Fifth Avenue
Beer of Your Choice

As that second pint crawls up to your frontal lobe, you’ll find the widest selection of beers the Glebe has to offer two more blocks up. Tucked a little off Bank street in Fifth Avenue Plaza, The Arrow and Loon is another establishment with an ever-changing selection of beer. At this stage of your crawl, it’s about time to get adventurous. Check out what’s on tap this week and choose for yourself.

4. Pints and Quarts- 779 Bank Street
Kitchessippi Heller High Water
Alternate Option: Amsterdam Natural Blonde

While it may not have the glitz and glamour of some other choices, Pints and Quartz is secretly a solid pub to sip on your fourth pint of the night. This time you can order up another Ottawa classic from Kitchessippi Brewing. A German style pale lager, this beer will shake you out of your Ontario state of mind, while still keeping it local.

For a different choice, try Amsterdam Brewery’s easy-drinking blonde ale.

5. Corner Bar and Grill- 777 Bank Street
Beyond The Pale Pink Fuzz
Alternate Option: Muskoka Mad Tom

As your night is getting deeper you might need to relax a little, and Corner is the perfect place to do it. Calm your nerves with a pint of Hintonburg’s own Beyond the Pale. Corner offers Pink Fuzz, a soothing grapefruit ale with a surprising 6% bite to it. Rest up your legs too, because it’s a bit of a hike to tonight’s final destination.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, try out the hoppy delights of Muskoka’s Mad Tom IPA.

6. The Clocktower Brewpub- 575 Bank Street
The Clocktower Red
Alternate Option: Raspberry Wheat

You can’t talk Glebe craft beer without talking Clocktower. While it’s a bit further away from the rest of your journey, it’s well worth the trek. This brewpub offers a wide selection of their own beers, and is the perfect place to finish off the night. The Clocktower Red gives you a rich pine flavour, or if that’s not your thing their Raspberry Wheat can soothe your tastebuds.

 

Happy Pilsner (Beau’s Brewery)

Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Bohemian Pilsner

Alc./Vol.: 5.3%

IBU: 30

Malts: Pilsner, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic)

Hops: Organic Hersbrucker

Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review is of Happy Pilsner, which is my second beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest pack. Like the name says, Happy Pilsner is a pilsner, no brainer right? Beaus’s first brewed this traditional lager for their 2010 Oktoberfest party, so 4 years later they were very happy for this beer to return.  My love for pilsners had me excited to try this beer and compare it to some of my other favourites.

Happy Pilsner (I’m just going to call the beer “happy” so I’m not saying pilsner so much) came in the Beau’s traditional 600ml bottle with beautiful label art. The beer poured a hazy pale blonde colour with a thick, pure white head. Once the beer was in my glass, I instantly noticed very floral/herbal notes. It was almost like I was smelling a freshly steeped camomile tea. “Happy” had a bouquet of aromas coming from it. Not only did I smell the floral/herbal notes, I also noticed notes of lemon and grassy aromas which finished off with sweet honey. In all, it was a great smelling beer that had a great freshness to it.

My first sip did not disappoint…. you could say I was pretty happy. Right away I tasted the herbal notes that I noticed in the smell. It honestly tasted like I was drinking a cold camomile tea. That quietly changed into a slightly more bitter, yet citrus palette. The beer was not overly bitter and was not an over powering citrus flavour, but yet it was well balanced with the herbal notes and the bittering effects. I noticed that the mouthful of the beer did leave a dry, almost champagne effect on my cheeks. “Happy” has great lacing down the glass, and retained a thin, white head, right down to the last drop.

My overall impression of this beer was very happy. As I said before, being a pilsner fan, I was very excited to try this beer and I was not disappointed at all. I would definitely recommend this not only to people that like pilsners, but to anyone because the beer was very enjoyable and easy drinking. So, if you can still get your hands on the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or you’re lucky enough to get to the brewery, do it! You won’t be disappointed.

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Cheers!

Dial “Z” for Zwickel (Beau’s Brewery)

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Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Zwickelbier

Alc./Vol.: 5.7%

IBU: 27

Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated, Carafoam, Caraaroma (All Organic)

Hops: Strisselspalt, Triskel (All Organic)

Suggested Glassware: Mug or Stein

Suggested Serving Temperature: 7-10° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review features a beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest mix pack. It will be one of four reviews I will be posting, as I drink my way through the pack.  Dial “Z” for Zwickel is a zwickelbier style beer which is,  as the Beau’s website states, “Closely related to kellerbier, zwickelbier literally means beer sampled directly from the maturation vessel in the beer cellar. This German-origin beer takes on the character of the base style: in the case of Dial ‘Z’, an amber lager.”

Dial “Z” poured a a dark copper colour with a hazy clarity to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed the freshness of this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell lemon grass notes with a sweet smell of bread/yeast. I also noticed light hints of caramel aromas. The beer poured with a very think head in my stein, which faded out to a thin off white colour. The head left little lacing on the glass as I drank the beer.IMG_6981

At first taste, I experienced fresh lemon grass and citrus notes. There was not a lot of bitterness to Dial “Z”, but had more  sweet bread and yeast notes. The beer was a medium body, with a light creaminess to it. The beers carbonation really brought out the freshness of the beer, and helped bring out all the flavours. Dial had a dry finish to it but the dryness did not take away from how fresh this beer really was.

My overall impression of this beer was amazing. It was something I really enjoyed and never experienced before. The freshness of the beer really blew me away. It was easy drinking and definitely a beer I wish I could get my hands on year round. So, if you can find the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or your lucky enough to get to the brewery, be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself.

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Cheers!