Vankleek Hill – Cold weather in Ontario conjures up cravings for strong, warming beer and hearty food. Just in time, Beau’s has shipped some shiver-stoppers to LCBOs across the province: the 2014 Best of Beau’s holiday mix pack, which features 4 different Beau’s beers as well as a series of 4 collectable recipe cards paired with each beer in the pack, courtesy of Beau’s chef Bruce Wood.
Selections for the 2014 Best of Beau’s 4-pack were chosen by fan voting back in June – the 4 top vote-getters made it into the limited-edition holiday sampler. Its offerings are a creative cross-section of the innovative and diverse beer styles Beau’s All Natural Brewery has come to be known for.
- Copper-coloured St. Luke’s Verse Lavender Gruit (5.7%) offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender, accented by thyme and rosemary
- Winterbrewed Coffee-Amber (6%) is brewed with Mexican micro-lot organic fairtrade coffee from Ottawa’s Bridgehead Roastery – flavours of coffee and barley melded with nutty, fruity inflections
- Burnt Rock (5.6%) is a classic British-style porter brewed with a generous addition of organic vanilla beans – earned a pretigious Gold medal at the 2013 Mondial de la Bière in 2013
- Mission Accomplished (6.7%) is an American IPA brewed with a combination of organic American and New Zealand hops, giving the beer sweet, juicy notes of tangerine, tropical fruit and pine
Beau’s winter seasonal, Bog Water, has also returned to the LCBO beer line-up, and will continue until spring returns. Dubbed by the brewery as an “Eastern Ontario” Gruit, this rare and ancient style shares the malt and yeast profile of a Belgian ale. Bog Water uses a wild-harvested herb known as bog myrtle or sweet gale, used extensively in brewing in the 1500s, to add flavour and to preserve the beer. The seasonal brew is malty with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by a spicy, earthy bitterness.
This 3rd annual edition of the Best of Beau’s mix pack, containing 4 signature 600 ml bottles and a series of 4 collectable beer-inspired recipe cards, is now on sale at a price of $24 in LCBOs across Ontario; single bottles of Bog Water gruit are $4.35 each. Both products are also available direct from the brewery.