We’re launching our second annual “Best of Beau’s” sampler pack this weekend, just as the holiday season officially begins. Beau’s winter seasonal, Bog Water, will also return to the LCBO beer line-up this weekend, and continue through until spring returns. The Best of Beau’s mix pack contains four fan-favourite Beau’s beers, chosen by popular vote earlier this year.
Top 4-pack votes went to Burnt Rock, a classic British-style porter brewed with a generous addition of organic vanilla beans. The vanilla provides aromas reminiscent of pipe tobacco, while dark malts offer chocolate and coffee nuances that balance the medium-bodied beer. Earlier this year Burnt Rock received a Gold medal at Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, QC, and a barrel-aged version of the beer received a Bronze medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
Voters also selected Doc’s Feet Dubbel, a mahogany-coloured interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style. It features a pronounced fruitiness and malt character; spicy notes such as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg complement its alcohol warmth. Doc’s Feet has an initial sweetness that progresses toward a dry, earthy finish.
Screamin’ Beaver Oak-Aged Double IPA was voted into the mix pack for a second year in a row. An amped-up version of the brewery’s spring seasonal Beaver River, this beer has been dry-hopped and aged on oak staves. Screamin’ Beaver weighs in at 9.9% alc./vol. and 99 IBUs. An initial flavour of grapefruit gives way to subtle oaky, vanilla flavours, along with caramel and citrus.
Completing the Mix Pack is Rudolphus VI, a Belgian-inspired IPA which features tropical fruit notes and a spicy yeast character. Late-addition hopping provides flavours of orange, unripe peach, and star-fruit, and Belgian ale yeast offers notes of pepper and intonations of clove. Rudolphus VI finishes clean, balanced, and dry with a noticeable hop character.
Beau’s winter seasonal Bog Water will also launch this weekend. Dubbed by the brewery as an “Eastern Ontario” Gruit, this rare and ancient style uses a wild-harvested herb known as Bog Myrtle (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.
Presented in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles, the Best of Beau’s Mix Pack is $24 including tax and deposits; single bottles of Bog Water are $4.35 each. The Best of Beau’s Mix Pack and Bog Water are available at select LCBO locations, finer restaurants and pubs, the Beau’s retail store at the Vankleek Hill brewery, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO.
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