A couple of weeks ago a friend and neighbour of mine spent a few days in the Ottawa area where he picked up some Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. Lug•Tread Lagered Ale. He was kind enough to give us a couple of bottles. I finally opened one last night and was thoroughly impressed.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. was founded in July 2006 in Vankleek Hill about an hour east of Ottawa. The father and son team of Tim and Steve Beauschenes are the founders of the brewery. In fact, Tim’s whole family plays some part in the company. When I looked it up on the internet I was happy to see the brewmaster is Matt O’Hara who was assistant brewer at Denison’s Brewpub when I worked there many years ago.
Beau’s beers are all made using organic ingredients and as of June of this year the beers have been certified organic. The brewery has been met with lots of enthusiasm and are struggling to keep up with demand.
The Lug•Tread Lagered Ale has been top fermented like an ale, then cold aged, like a lager, for a lengthy period. This creates light ale notes supported by a crisp lager character. It has a golden amber colour with aromas of yeast, fresh baked bread, and honey, with very fruity aromas as well. It is a fairly light-bodied beer with a pleasant, soft mouthfeel and subtle flavours of yeast and fruit. It’s has a refreshing, crisp, hoppy finish.
The beer’s lightness makes it a great warm weather beer and would pair well with many lighter foods, such as chicken, salmon, salads, pork, etc. However, it would also be a nice match with turkey. Christmas turkey! (Xmas is only 57 days away, in case you were wondering.)
Currently, the beer comes in a ceramic bottle with a swing top stopper. (See photo). A new bottling line is soon to be installed at the brewery and they will change to a 600 ml glass bottle. I kind of like the uniqueness of the ceramic bottle.
Unfortunately, Beau’s all Natural Brewing Co. beers are only available as far west as Kingston, Ontario. Eventually they may expand distribution but as they are only a very small brewery, they’ll also need to increase production in order to meet the high demand.
A couple of years ago, Beau’s began producing seasonal beers. Bogwater is a winter seasonal that’s seasoned with bog myrtle instead of hops. Festivale Altbier is the summer seasonal and Nightmarzen will come out in the fall (it’s possibly already available). In the spring of 2010 they will release Beaver River IPA as a spring seasonal. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried any of these as yet.
Keep and eye on Beau’s because I think this is a brewery we’re going to see a lot of interesting things from in the near future.