VANKLEEK HILL, ON – Beau’s All-Natural Brewing has announced details of three favourite seasonal brands that will be returning to the roster next month.
New Lang Syne is a Belgian-style tripel aged in white wine barrels that is intended to be an alternative to champagne for holiday gatherings. It’s described as follows:
The strong (9%) deep golden ale is bottle-conditioned to sparkling effervescence, making it a perfect selection for New Year’s Eve, or any holiday celebration with friends and family. First impressions of New Lang Syne are of lemon zest, as well as papaya and tropical fruits. A white wine character harmonizes with firm tannins, and French and German hop varieties provide suitable balance. A bright, sparkling mouthfeel leads into a finish that is distinctively fruity, with subtle peppery notes.
80 Shilling is a Scottish-style ale in the brewery’s Farm Table Series of traditional, easy-drinking beers. It has the following tasting notes:
Malt-focused and sessionable (4.7%), 80 Shilling pours a deep copper colour, with mild-to-moderate caramel flavour and balanced hop presence. Originating in the 1800s, Scottish ales were classified on a “shilling” scale based on their alcohol strength, typically ranging from 60 shilling (“light”), to 90 (“wee heavy”). In the midst of these extremes are 80 shilling ales (“export”), classic crowd pleasers and a style that has stood the test of time.
Bog Water is the brand that kick-started the Beau’s revival of the ancient gruit style in 2008, and it has the following description:
Bog Water is brewed with hand-harvested organic bog myrtle, which contributes a sweet aroma, balanced bitterness, and herbal, spicy notes suggestive of a digestif. A plum-like fruitiness and a Belgian yeast profile make Bog Water a very complex and contemplative winter ale. Beau’s Gruit Series takes inspiration from centuries-old brewing tradition: herbs, spices and other botanicals replace a dominant hop character.
New Lang Syne and 80 Shilling will be released in early December – the former in specially designed 750 ml caged-and-corked bottles, the latter in the standard Beau’s 600 ml bottles – and Bog Water will follow later in the month, also in the 600 ml format. All will be available at the Beau’s retail store and BYBO delivery service, and at select retailers in Ontario and Quebec.