VANKLEEK HILL, ON – Anyone who has spent more than a couple of minutes talking to Beau’s All Natural Brewing co-owner Steve Beauchesne will know that he loves music just as much as he loves beer. So it was only a matter of time before he figured out a way to bring those two loves together into one package.
The result is a new sub-series within the Beau’s Wild Oats Series of one-off beers. Dubbed “Split 7-Inch”, each edition in this new series will feature two new beers as well as a 7″ vinyl record with tracks from several independent musicians and bands.
For the first instalment, which fits nicely with the Hallowe’en season, the two featured beers are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
Dr. Jekyll – Lug-Märzen Blend: “Am I a kolsch or a marzen? A little bit of both I say… What’s that? Mr. Hyde rapping at my door methinks…” The delicately malty, slightly fruity character of Lug•Tread dances lockstep with the more intensely bready, biscuity backbone of Night•Märzen, while taming some of its hop intensity. This blend is a perennial favorite around the brewery.
Mr. Hyde – Roggenbier meets RyePA: A tribute to the Roggenbiers of Germany, but done with with a North American twist. Deep copper in colour, Mr. Hyde is a rye beer that has been hopped aggressively in the American vein. However, it utilizes German hops to provide bitterness, flavour and aroma, while the rye malt provides an additional spiciness.
The accompanying 7″ features tracks by Chris Rayburn, The Flatliners, Teenage X, Elliott Brood and White Wires, and the labels and packaging are designed by Dirty Donny, an Ottawa native who has done graphic work for Metallica, Queens Of The Stone Age and many other artists.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is available now exclusively at the Beau’s brewery store in Vankleek Hill while quantities last.