Vankleek Hill, Ontario – New for 2018 and hitting shelves this April in Ontario is the Beau’s Summer Mix, four certified organic beers from Vankleek Hill-based Beau’s Brewing Co. The Summer Mix variety pack includes one 600 ml bottle of Beau’s award-winning flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, as well citrus-and-sea salt ale Buenos Dias, a blood orange witbier called Blood Simple, and a California-style “Cali Common” amber lager.
Citrusy ale Buenos Dias is a returning fan-favourite from last summer, brewed with barley and wheat malts as well as organic California orange peel, Mexican lime juice and organic lime peel, plus a lick of sea salt. With the zippy lime and zest of a classic Margarita, this slightly hazy 4.5 % sessionable sipper finishes quick, clean and dry, accented by the wicking effect of subtle sea salt.
Blood Simple was a 2017 limited release from Beau’s that got a thumbs up for inclusion in this year’s Summer Mix. Juice from organic Moro blood oranges and peel from organic California oranges add pithy fruitiness and intense colour to this hazy Belgian-style 5.3 % witbier. “There were three types of organic blood oranges available to us for brewing. The darkest of those varietals is Moro, which is what we decided to use in Blood Simple,” explains Beau’s Buyer Jenna Bamforth. The flavour of Blood Simple is tart and fruity; the finish refreshing and juicy.
Also featured in the Summer Mix is Cali Common, a brand-new 5 % ABV amber lager from Beau’s Farm Table Series, easy-to-enjoy interpretations of classic or emerging beer styles. The California common, also known as a steam beer, is one of only two classic beer styles that were created and first brewed in North America. It has a fruity, herbal aroma and a clean, malty flavour with balancing medium bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp.
Beau’s Summer Mix is available beginning early April in LCBO stores throughout Ontario, or online for home delivery at LCBO.com. Single bottles of Buenos Dias and Blood Simple will also be sold in Ontario and Québec. As always, fans of Beau’s beer are welcome to visit and buy the Summer Mix directly from the brewery, either at the onsite tap room, or for home delivery in Ottawa through BYBO.ca.