CBN Dinner Series: Beau’s Brewing at The Windsor Arms

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

For the first event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, more than 40 guests enjoyed the all-natural organic beers of Beau’s Brewing  and a gourmet vegan meal prepared by Chef Doug McNish in the luxurious surroundings of The Windsor Arms Hotel.

Each course, as well as the hors d’oeuvres at the welcome reception, were paired with beers presented by Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne – including rarities from the brewery’s “Wild Oats Series” – and Chef McNish’s healthy, hearty and beer-friendly creations proved that there is much more to vegan food than tofu and sprouts.


Tempeh crab cake, spicy chipotle aioli, baby seedlings
Crisp polenta, slow cooked barbecued burdock root
Nori rolls, creamy sunflower seed lemon ginger pate, red pepper, avocado & cucumber, sweet lemon, ginger & tamari reduction
Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale

Crispy fries smothered in black bean chili, rich cheese sauce, cashew sour cream, tempeh bacon bits & green onion
Beau’s Dr. Jekyll Lug-Marzen Blend

Red beet ravioli stuff with creamy red pepper dill cashew ricotta cheese, red pepper marinara sauce
Beau’s Mr. Hyde Roggenbier

Grilled chermoula-rubbed tofu, braised collard greens, sweet potato quinoa croquette, spiced almond butter beurre blanc
Beau’s Bog-Water Eastern Ontario Gruit

Warm apple crumble, sticky toffee caramel sauce, coconut banana puree, macca
Beau’s Dunkel Buck Dunkel-Weizenbock


St. John’s WortShiny Happy Vegans OR We Got Beets!
The GridFive reasons to eat vegan food with beer
Good Food RevolutionA Vegan / Beer Dinner with Beau’s and Chef Doug McNish


Beau’s All Natural Brewing is a family-run and totally DIY beer company based in Vankleek Hill, a small town about an hour east of Ottawa. They brew interesting, award winning, tasty beers using the highest quality, all natural ingredients like certified organic hops & malts and local spring water. Best known for their flagship brand, Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, they also brew a number of seasonal and one-off beers, and are well-known for their support of charitable initiatives in their local community and beyond.

Doug McNish is one of the foremost vegan/raw food chefs in the world. After losing 100 pounds on a plant based diet, he decided to change his career path and become a professional vegan chef. He is a Consulting Chef at The Windsor Arms, where he has developed vegan options for the hotel’s dinner and brunch menus. Doug is a contributor to health and wellness websites and various magazines, has been broadcast on both local and national television, and is currently writing a raw food cookbook to be published in March 2012.

Consecutively voted the #1 hotel in Toronto by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, the Windsor Arms Hotel is nestled on a quiet street ideally located just steps away from Yorkville, the heart of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping and entertainment district. An aura of warmth, discreet luxury, and the latest technology combined with our exceptional level of service makes Windsor Arms Toronto’s most luxurious boutique hotel. The Windsor Arms is host to the Courtyard Cafe – open for Sunday brunch and special events; Prime Steakhouse – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Tea Room for traditional afternoon tea; and Lounge 22 for tapas and cocktails.

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