Beau’s summer seasonal altbier “Festivale” returns on tap and at LCBOs

Ottawa, Ontario –  Beau’s All Natural Brewing has re-launched their popular summer seasonal beer, Festivale. This is the seventh summer Beau’s has produced the amber-hued 4.7% ale, which won Gold at Mondial de la Biere in Strasbourg, France in 2009, and Bronze at the 2012 Canadian Beer Awards.

Festivale is the summer selection in Beau’s seasonal brewing program, a rotating feature that offers up styles of beer suited to the time of year. Festivale replaces spring seasonal Beaver River IP Eh, and in the fall it will switch up for Nightmarzen, a traditional Oktoberfest lager. The spiced gruit ale Bog Water is the winter seasonal offering; the four beers rotate in and out of availability each year as the seasons change.

“I like to describe the seasonal program as bittersweet,” says brewery co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “It means that four times a year we toast a final goodbye to the departing beer, and four times a year we get to celebrate the return of a taste we’ve missed. We find for the most part our customers like the variety – although each of the seasonals has its own set of super-fans who plead with us to brew that particular one year-round!”

Festivale was first brewed for the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2008, and is something of a cousin to Beau’s flagship beer, Lug Tread. While both beers are lagered ales, Festivale offers up high-intensity, balanced maltiness and more hop presence than Lug Tread. Festivale is based on a rare German style of ale, known as alt, which originates from the northern part of the Rhineland. Caramunich malts give Festivale its colour and a subtle caramel sweetness.

For a list of LCBO locations where Festivale is currently in stock, visit


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