Thursday, June 14, 2012

4 New Beers from Beau’s For Ontario Craft Beer Week


Ottawa, ON


All Barrel Aged and each distinctly different, 4 new Beau’s beers will launch to kick off OCB Week this Fathers’ Day, June 17


Ontario Craft Beer Week, which begins this Father’s Day (Sunday June 17), celebrates the creativity of craft brewers and the variety of craft beers in the Ontario market. And no better way for Eastern Ontario’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing to kick off the start of OCB week than to release 4 brand new beers, all barrel aged and distinctly different.


The first, Beau’s Pan Ontario Blend, is actually a blend of strong beers from five Ontario craft breweries that has been aged in spirit barrels to add oak, vanilla and other alcohol notes. The beers in the blend are Beau’s Beaver River I.P. Eh, Flying Monkeys’ Netherworld Cascadian Dark, Grand River’s Curmudgeon IPA, Great Lakes’ Robust Porter, and Wellington’s Imperial Russian Stout. Following up the success of last year’s blend, the 2012 edition of Beau’s Pan Ontario will be available on draft at select pubs and restaurants across Ontario during OCB week.


Beau’s will also release their collaborative beer brewed with “Gypsy” brewer and luminary Anders Kissmeyer of Denmark, called Venskab (the Danish word for friendship). Venskab was brewed based on a Belgian Tripel style, delicately hopped, and with added herbs and fruit. The beer was conditioned on Southbrook Organic Ice-Wine soaked oak chips, and aged for three months in Canadian white wine barrels. A final touch was the addition of yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, and then the beer was bottle conditioning using Champagne yeast. Venskab will be available in 600 ml bottles only, direct from the brewery and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), Ottawa’s home delivery service. It will retail for $18.85.
In addition, Beau’s will introduce for the first time a Barrel-aged Blend of the Gold-medal award-winning spring seasonal Beaver River I. P. Eh. 1000 litres of Beaver River were drawn off and aged in a variety of bourbon, wheat whisky and brandy barrels. Generously dry-hopped and then blended back in at a ratio of 1:5, the barrel-aging adds an orchestra of boozy, hop and wood aromas with flavour to match. It will sell in 600 ml bottles direct from the brewery and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), Ottawa’s home delivery service for $5.35.


Finally Beau’s will issue the latest strong barrel-aged beer in the Greener Futures project, a beer club/co-operative. Club members are entitled to 30 extra-strong barrel-aged beers over 3 years, at a membership fee of $300. The fees will be used to install solar panels on the 30,000 sq. ft roof of the brewery. The newest Greener Futures release is Bourbon Aged DoubleWide, an IPA Beau’s released last January—a portion of which has been aging in bourbon barrels since. It will be available exclusively to Greener Futures members, beginning Sunday June 17.


Beau’s All Natural will be celebrating Ontario Craft Beer all week with numerous beer dinners, appearances and special events. Check the OCB Week website for details on events in your area: http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com/craftbeerweek.

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