Friday, March 8, 2013

Beau’s Strong Irish Red Ale “Strong Patrick” into LCBO


Ottawa, ON

Winter may be winding down, but Strong Patrick will stick around: find it on LCBO shelves and on tap at nearly 50 locations this spring

Beau’s month-long Winter beer celebration, FeBREWary, finished with a Strong Irish Red Ale called Strong Patrick. The strong (6.7% abv) interpretation of the Irish Red style is nuanced with a partial aging in whiskey barrels, lending subtle wood and vanilla notes. It is lightly hopped, well rounded and balanced, with a pleasant toasted malt character. Strong Patrick offers up an alternative St. Patrick’s Day brew for those who don’t enjoy stouts.

Strong Patrick was tapped at nearly 50 restaurants and pubs across Ontario Thursday Feb. 28 (a list of locations is available at www.beaus.ca), and will also be widely available this spring in 600 ml single-serve bottles at the LCBO, as well as the onsite brewery retail store, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca). The bottles will retail for $7.85.

This was the final FeBREWary release, which saw 7 beer releases in 5 weeks, and multiple events across the province. “True to our word, we gave Old Man Winter a kick in the snow pants. and gave everyone a good reason to come out of hibernation!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne.

If picking up a bottle at the local LCBO this weekend or for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Beau’s Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara suggests pairing it with creme brulée, and/or some traditional soda bread and Irish stew.

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