Vankleek Hill, Ontario – Beau’s Brewing Co. has brewed a 2019 edition of Strong Patrick Irish-style red ale, available now in Ontario and Québec. Like last year’s incarnation, the returning fan favourite from Beau’s has been given an extra-special touch of authenticity, as a portion of each batch has been aged in Jameson® Irish Whiskey casks. The partial aging blends in rich accents of wood and warmth to the classic beer style from the Emerald Isle.
Strong Patrick was first brewed by Beau’s in 2012 for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and has since become a returning seasonal beer. At 6.7 % it is stronger than a typical rendition of an Irish-style red, and is luscious and malty. The ale pours brilliant red with a creamy head. The red hue is a result of the addition of organic roasted barley to the recipe, which also includes Pilgrim hops and Irish ale yeast. Its aroma conjures notes of caramel, whiskey, oak, and malts. It has a malty backbone, with a touch of toasty caramel and vanilla, and a mild bitterness to round and balance. It finishes rich and warm.
Strong Patrick is a limited release from Beau’s, available now in Ontario and Québec. It can by purchased by the bottle at provincial retailers of craft beer, or by the glass at craft-friendly restaurants and pubs in those provinces. It can also be found at the Vankleek Hill brewery, or purchased online at lcbo.ca (in Ontario) or bybo.ca (City of Ottawa). It will also feature in the festivities at Beau’s St. Pat’s Party, which will take place March 16 in Ottawa (www.stpatricksparty.ca).