Sun seekers and patio lovers have a refreshing summer ale from Beau’s All Natural Brewing to try out at LCBO’s and select restaurants and pubs across Ontario starting this week. Patio Saison, a 5.9% unfiltered Belgian-style ale, is satisfyingly both dry and refreshing. The beer offers up mild pepper-and-clove spice in harmony with the citrusy zest of organic orange peel, and the floral aroma of organic elderflower.
“The saison style has its origins in the Wallonia region of Belgium,” explains Beau’s brewmaster Matthew O’Hara. “Traditionally the beer was brewed to slake the thirst of farmhands during harvest time, so it makes a perfect beer for warmer weather,” he adds. O’Hara recommends pairing Beau’s Patio Saison with summer sausage, rollmops, and creamy cheeses served with flavourful artisanal breads such as rye or sourdough.
Beau’s originally released Patio Saison in 2012 in restaurants and pubs across Ontario to celebrate the beginning of patio season that year, and the fan-favourite brew also made an appearance in the 2013 Best of Beau’s mix-pack. The fruity character comes courtesy of both the Belgian-style yeast and the addition of dried organic orange peel. The complexity is enhanced with the yeast’s characteristic spiciness and mild earthy undertones.
Patio Saison is expected to be available for July and most of August. The 600 ml bottles of Patio Saison retail for $7.85 at LCBOs across Ontario, as well as direct from the brewery, and through home delivery in Ottawa via BYBO (www.bybo.ca). The beer will also be served on tap at restaurants and pubs who pour Beau’s Wild Oats selections: beers designed to explore a range of unique ingredients, bold flavours and exciting aromas.
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