Craft Beer: Celebrating International Gruit Day With Beau’s Lambs Wool

Today is Gruit day, and in celebration of all things Gruit our featured craft beer is Beau’s All Natural Lambs Wool. There’s no wool, no lamb, but its got apple and cinnamon and its all kinds of delicious.

Today is Gruit day. And craft brewers and craft beer consumers all gather to celebrate Gruit Ales. If you don’t know what a Gruit Ale is, don’t worry. I’ll explain

Gruit Ales are simply unhoped beers. As in hops aren’t used in the brewing process. Instead, brewers used a mixture of herbs. What herbs were us depended on the mixture that the brewer used. Which according to was mandatory and enforced by the church:

Many centuries ago (pre-1000 CE) most beers in Europe were brewed without the use of hops. Instead, bitterness was provided by a mixture called gruit (German for “herb”), a secretive and expensive blend of herbs and spices, sold only to brewers by the local “gruit right” holder. Brewing with gruit was mandatory, as enforced by the church and the state.

My introduction to Gruit Ales was Beau’s Tyrannosaurus Gruit from a year ago. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan. I don’t think it was the beers fault, I like beets in my borscht and that’s it.

So when Beau’s gave us their Lamb’s Wool Gruit to try I wasn’t stoked. Call it an unfair association. I wasn’t excited to try it. I heard gruit and immediately I thought of the T-Gruit ale that I did not like.

All Gruits Are Not The Same

As always I’ll let Beau’s describe it’s own product here:

Lamb’s Wool pours copper with white foam. The aroma introduces a classic combo of apples and spice. The flavor is pleasantly tart and slightly warming, with fruit and pepper notes. The finish is clean and tangy.

You taste the apple and cinnamon right away with Lamb’s Wool. It’s not overpowering, you just taste it. It’s there immediately, but then it kind of goes away with the rest of the beer. Leaving you with a really refreshing taste. I guess that’s the clean and tangy finish.

Imagine that?! Not all gruits are the same? I liked it. Since our initial trial, I’ve bought it twice. Harper loves it. It’s his new favorite beer.

For all of you suffering from “hops-isn’t-my-thing” gruit ales are for you. With a 10 IBU, you get a smooth good tasting beer. Better yet, with the cold not yet gone, you can turn Lamb’s Wool into a nice warm drink to keep you toasty.

So cheers to Beau’s. Cheers to gruit on its international day. And cheers to you.


Craft Beer: Beaus All Natural Kissmeyer Nordic Ale

This week our Beaus All Natural Craft Brewery Craft Beer is Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale. A beauty golden pale ale that’s nice an easy to drink.

Say what you want about your craft beer, but all you want is for it to taste good and go down easy. Now those two qualities are entirely subjective, but Kissmeyes should be unobjectively that beer for you this weekend.

There’s nothing not too like about this beer. From its perfectly golden colour to its balanced taste. Kissmeyer is absolutely perfect.

It’s “strong” but it’s not going to knock you off your seat with its 5.6% alcohol level. And the 30 IBU should be hoppy enough for all you craft enthusiasts.

What Does Beau’s Say?

As always we like to let Beau’s speak for its own product a bit:

Nordic Pale Ale is a pioneering style for Kissmeyer, intended to fuse the best in modern brewing techniques with ingredients that reflect Nordic and Canadian traditions.

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is a medium-bodied pale ale, dry for the style, with balanced low to medium bitterness.

If you’re new to craft beers, this brew is perfect for you. It’s got a mix of fruit and herbal aromas, but it’s inaccessible to those who aren’t looking to get into Hop-city USA right now.

You can get this brew anywhere you buy your Beau’s beer. And trust me, if you haven’t tried it yet you’ll want to ASAP.

Craft Beer: Beau’s All Natural Tom Green Cherry Milk Stout

The craft beer has been treating us real kind recently. Thanks entirely to Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company.

This week our craft beer is Beau’s All Natural Brewing Companies Tom Green’s Cheery Milk Stout. Another stout!

Look I know what you’re thinking. Cherry. Milk. All in a stout. How the heck is that a good thing? I know. Both Darcy and I had our apprehensions going in. Neither of us are big on stouts. Nor do we like the idea of lactose in the beer. Or even cherries for the fact.

But we trusted Beau’s. Everything else they make is great so why not this? And then we drank the suckers. And by God, for Pete’s sake, it was fantastic. (PS: I’m binging Fargo with my wife so the Minnesotian in me is coming out.)

What Beau’s Said

Tom Green Cherry Milk Stout pour black-brown with garnet highlights and an off-white head. The aroma offers dark malt notes reminiscent of mochaccino, coupled with sweet, fruity cherry inflections. The flavour imparts dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, offset by sweet dessert-like cherry intonations. The finish echoes with lingering dark malt and cherries.

Our trust was rewarded. By Paul Bunions blue Ox the beers were good. Went down reaaaal easy. So well that my wife and I are going to get some more, real soon. You need to do the same.

It’s winter. It’s cold. There’s snow. For all that’s good in the world, the temperature went from +10 to -15 within hours in Ottawa today. You deserve something that’s going to taste right as you sit around the house trying to keep warm, or dry, or rest up after digging out your driveway for the fourth time.

So go to the LCBO, Beer Store, or wherever you get beer across Canada (not just Ottawa) and get some Tom Green Milk Cherry Stout. ASAP. Please. (See I asked nice).

Craft Beer: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co The Bottle Imp

Our craft beer of the week for the first week of January is Beaus’ All Natural Brewing Company’s The Bottle Imp. A take on a Russian Imperial Stout that will be sure to please.

That’s a corny title for a craft beer review I know. But it’s what I went with because its how I felt. So you’ll just have to deal with it.

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I should probably state it at the start that I love anything Russian. I don’t know what it is. But if it says, Russian. Implies it’s from Russia or has anything to do with the word Russia, I’m all in. Like 100%.

So I was as giddy as can be to open up this Russian Imperial Stout from Beau’s. Red’s are generally my go-to beer, but stouts are starting to earn a special place in my heart. And it’s because of brews like this one.

The Beer

I’ll let Beau’s themselves explain what this stout is supposed to taste like:

The Bottle Imp is black, rich and malty, with a mouthfeel best described as liquid silk. The roasty dark malt character is complemented by fruit notes that suggest dates and figs, as well as subtle notes of black licorice. It is well-hopped to provide balance to the malts, keeping the residual sweetness in check.

For a snowy day like today, this beer is perfect. You don’t get anyone overwhelming taste. It isn’t too hoppy, you don’t feel like your drinking Sambuca (there’s black liquorice in the beer by the way) and you don’t taste coffee (yeah there’s coffee in it too).

It’s just like they say; silky smooth.

So now that you’ve dug yourself out of that snow mound the plow kindly left in front of your house AFTER you already shuffled, go and get yourself Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s The Bottle Imp. It’s perfect for you to sit, drink and watch the hockey game.


Craft Beer: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co Dunkel

This week on the show we had Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s Dunkel craft beer. A Bavarian style dark beer that’s as smooth as silk.

Guess what, Dunkel is part of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s Winter Mix. Four craft beers packaged together for your drinking pleasure. Dunkel isn’t my favourite in the pack, but it’s a good second. (We’ll get to my fav in the weeks to come.)

Dunkel is a dark beer. It’s right there in the name. It pours as coffee dark with an equally dark foamy head.I know. You’re thirsty now, right? I sure am. Here’s the official write up from our sponsors Beau’s on Dunkel.

Among the most appropriately named styles of beer, the term “dunkel” is the German word for “dark.” Dunkel’s history stretches back to the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516, which decreed that brewers use only barley, hops and water in beer-making – clearing a path for the dunkel, which met both these standards and satisfied the palates of the people of Munich. This traditional Bavarian lager rose in prominence, with a legacy that remains to this day. Dunkel is luscious and toasty in flavour, yet with smooth lager crispness.

This beer is absolutely smooth. We commented on the show that the brew went down nice and easy with a nice caramel finish. Even though there is absolutely no caramel used in the brewing of this beer.

We drank these in a glass, but we wish we had some steins as suggested by Beau’s. So make sure you do that when you inevitably drink yours during the holidays.