Craft Beer: Beau’s All Natural Brewery New Lang Syne

This week’s craft beer was Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s New Lang Syne. A funky take on a holiday staple: Champagne.

Right in time for the holiday’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has the perfect craft beer option: New Lang Syne. Are you going to a party, or hosting a party? This is what you’re going to want to uncork.

New Lang Syne is a Champagny-beer. It is not Champagne+beer. It’s close but it’s also way more complex than that. Here’s how Beau’s describes the beer.

Celebrate the holiday season with New Lang Syne, a strong, deep-golden Belgian Tripel that’s aged in white wine barrels, then bottle-conditioned to sparkling effervescence so you can pop the cork on good times. Modern tripels are a relatively new style of beer, originating in the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Tripels are known for being appreciably strong, yet deliciously drinkable. We aged part of New Lang Syne in pinot gris barrels for four months, then blended the barrel-aged portion back into the rest of the batch for added complexity.

And listen I’ll be honest, Darcy and I were sceptical at first. Neither of us is a Champagne guy, so we thought a Champagny-beer might not be great. Beer already has some fizz, adding that effervescence might be too much.

It wasn’t.

It was great. When I poured it out the bubbles dominated the glass. That’s why that glass looks like it was never fully poured in the picture. Cause it wasn’t. My pour was…poor. (I couldn’t pass up the rhyme).

The taste was hoppy but fruity enough for our man Harper to enjoy it. More importantly enough it’s perfect for them holiday parties. It’s not a Champagne so no one’s going to look at you weird when you pop the cork on ta New Lang Syne the second you arrive. Which you should totally do.

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Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Brewery Tour And I How I Learned To Be Impressed

For season two of the Ridin Pine Show, we have a presenting sponsorship. Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has kindly sent us beer to talk about during our show. And last week, they brought us to the brewery for a show.

I’ve never been to Vankleek Hill, but I knew what to expect. I’ve been to small rural Eastern Ontario towns before. My parents live in Lanark. I’ve been through Perth, Lanark, Almonte and Balderson more times than I can count. They all have a few things in common. A quaint feeling. A vibrant main street and winding streets that weren’t built in coordination with any sort of central plan.

I figured I knew what to expect in Vankleek Hill and when I saw it I saw all those familiar sights. A quaint town with a population no bigger than 2,000. The main street where any and all business was crammed together. Where the pharmacy, quilt shop and hardware store are all within a city block from each other on Country Road 10.

That expectation followed to Beau’s. I figured I knew what a brewery was. I’ve been to a craft brewery to pick up beer before. They’re all the same. Brew kettles, mash tuns, and fermenters. I wasn’t ready for what I was going to see.

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Laura tries to explain and we try to learn the brewing process.

 

There’s so much going on at Beau’s, and unlike some breweries, the actual brewery isn’t hidden in back from the polish storefront. Sure there’s a gate, but no walls, no curtains. The brewery is very much part of the experience as you walk right in. Whether by design or not the layout conveys the idea that Beau’s doesn’t just sell beer it makes beer.

I know that sounds like semantics, but trust me it’s not. There’s an important difference between selling products and making it. The latter implies a labour of love. The craft is more important than the bottom line.

How Our Relationship Began

For an amateur podcast with professional aspirations, there are two things you need. Good content and a sense of legitimacy. People have to have a reason to listen to you.
Engaging content is the first step. Without it forget about doing anything. But on its own it’s sometimes not enough. How many good projects did you know about or even start that went nowhere?

To get off the ground you need someone with a name to give you a bump.
Our plan when reaching out to Beau’s was “let’s see what they say”. We thought: “The worst they can say is no.” I thank my dad for that incredibly clichéd but accurate saying.
In letting us say their name on our show we gain a bit of legitimacy as we try to get this show off the ground.

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Left to right: Mitch, Harper, Darcy, tour guide Laura, Beau’s Coms Taylor

The Tour

So we pull up to the brewery and again, it looks very much like you’d expect a brewery in a small town to look. Industrial, functional and muddy. Like a ton of mud. The rain the day before certainly didn’t help. But it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to hold everything were about to see.

We look a bit lost but are clearly in the right place. And immediately we’re greeted and warmly asked who we’re here to see. It’s obvious that Beau’s staff are used to a bunch of guys just showing up with recording equipment.

The general comment I got from all the guys at Ridin Pine is how the staff at Beau’s were so warm and inviting. In other tours, it feels like your just along for the regularly scheduled ride across the brewery. But on this occasion, it truly felt like this was done specifically for us. It was honestly a humbling experience.

So as Darcy and I wait for Harper and Producer B we’re asked the most important question of the day: “Do we want anything to drink?” All around us is beer, beer making equipment and the sweet sweet smell of the brewing process. So heck yeah we wanted a beer. That’s when our tour guide Laura hooked us up with Osmium. A beer that wasn’t yet available anywhere outside of the brewery, but that you can now buy in Beau’s Winter Mix.

That’s when we got talking about why they brew specific beers and which ones make it to mix packs. And that’s where we got an increasing appreciation for the dedication to the Beau’s craft. Everything is deliberate. The types of beers they offer in their seasonal is reflective of the season and planned well ahead of time.

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Beer for as long as the eye can see. #Wonderland

 

By this time Harper and PB were finally in the brewery after stopping so that PB can get some nice little video of Vankleek Hill and the brewery. (Big thanks to Producer B. Even though he never gets a mic…even if he brings them.)

If you’ve been through a brewery tour before you’ll know that on the surface they’re all the same. The explanation of the brewing process is generally the same in every brewery you go to. But you’ll also know that every brewery does something just a bit different. Variation is the spice of life. (I’m full of clichés by the way).

For Beau’s, at least in my opinion, it’s the unabashed desire to try something new. They don’t just make the flag-ship Lug-Tread. They don’t just have a few select brews that they make. They’re unafraid to try something new.

From the ‘Farm Table’ series, to ‘Wild Oats’ to the Gruit series. Beau’s is constantly trying something new. And knocking it out of the park. Look we had the Killer Kvass brew this week on the podcast and I absolutely loved it.

We’ll go over Killer Kvass a bit more in another post, but that lack of fear to try something new absolutely resonated with at least myself as I try to carve out a new career path for myself. It’s nice to see a concrete example of going all in on something you love doing works.

We can’t help but say nice things about Beau’s and what they’ve done for us. What we hope is that our appreciation for them rubs off on you our readers and listeners and that you show them the same appreciation they’ve shown us.

Craft Beer Of The Week: Killer Kvass

This week we had Beau’s All Natural Brewing company’s Killer Kvass craft beer. It’s light on alcohol, but I swear by whatever deity you pledge fieldy too this tastes better then some full alcohol beers you’ll drink.

Have you ever heard of a Kvass? If you’re from Eastern Europe or some beer drinking nut, you’ve heard of a Kvass before. But the rest of us sure as heck haven’t!

I’ll be honest, until we went to the Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company brew house last week I did two things when buying my craft beer. I look at the label and then the alcohol percentage. I don’t want to be surprised by a 7-9% alcohol beer when I’m drinking or have already consumed it. It’s too late by then. I want to know what I’m getting in store for.

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If I had picked up Killer Kvass in store I might not have bought it. It’s got a great label and I know its Beau’s by the unmistakable brown tall bottle. But at 2.5% I might have gone to something different.

I don’t like light beers. It’s just something in my head. Growing up my dad would by light beer because it was cheaper. We didn’t have much money growing up. Now a grown man with a comfortable financial situation I can buy full alcohol beer!

But after trying it on air this week I will 100% pick this up when I see it on the shelf.

I’ll let Beau’s official write up on Killer Kvass explain what it is we had:

Killer Kvass is inspired by traditional kvass, a fermented beverage made from dried rye bread and flavoured with fruits, raisins or herbs. Kvass has been an Eastern European staple for hundreds of years, and is typically made to be highly refreshing and low in alcohol. Killer Kvass was brewed using 70 kilograms of organic rye bread croutons, organic lemon peel and organic raisins.

Killer Kvass was exactly as stated: highly refreshing. It was crisp. And it didn’t feel like I was drinking a 2.5% beer. It actually drank like a full alcohol beer. It had all of the characteristics of a full alcohol beer, but none of the drawbacks….like that extra 2%.

Darcy and Harper said they’d add fruit. And if that suit your fancy go for it. I wouldn’t. I don’t like Radlers for all that Grapefruit. Killer Kvass is perfect substitute for those of you who like the low alcoholic content of Radlers but could do without all the fruit.

Craft Beer: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Gravity Well

We can’t wait to open the Winter Mix craft beer our sponsor Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company sent us. But in the meantime, we’re trying an exclusive beer called Gravity Well.

If you missed it Ridin Pine Show went to the Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company this week.We got see to see their entire craft beer operation. Try some new beers. And even get our hands on some exclusive brews. Like Gravity Well.

During our Beau’s brewery tour, our man Harper picked up Gravity Well. An exclusive beer that’s only available at certain pubs, Beau’s tap room, home delivery, and select retailers in Ontario and Québec.

Gravity Well is a complex sour made in collaboration with Halcyon Barrell House.

To create Gravity Well, Halcyon ferments its red ale in oak red wine barrels with a mix of different yeasts and bacteria, and aged it in those barrels for various lengths of time. As the barrels each takes on different flavours, the brewmaster custom-blends each batch of Gravity Well from this in-house supply.

Sour are exactly what they sound like. They go some tart. So don’t be surprised if you when you drink this you pucker up a bit. It’s all part of the experience.

Our man Harper absolutely loved this beer though. He called it a “Sour Patch Kids for adults”. Which is great for me, cause the SPK is my absolute all-time favorite candy.

So if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday, how about a drive out to the brewhouse in Vankleek Hill to pick up one of these Halcyon Gravity Well beers? And as always, make sure Ridin Pine sent you.

Craft Beer of the Week: The Spice Principle

It’s Friday! That means its time for this weeks featured craft beer: the Spice Principle. It admittedly bold, but hot darn its good.

Ok. We like craft beer. Like a lot. And the Spice Principle from our sponsor Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co is no different. It’s a bold tasting and flavored beer, but if you’re looking for something different you can enjoy tonight as you binge-watch Stranger Things 2, this is the one.

Disclaimer. I don’t think I’ve tasted a craft beer I don’t like. I’m not usually like that. (Here’s a “get to know me” moment). I’m not a “I like everything guy”. I seldom like movies. Most are just “OK”. I have strong opinions on most matters of the day, from the important political questions to the downright insane. Like how many times one should sneeze before it’s an issue. (Seriously).

And this Spice Principle is no exception to my love of craft beer. It’s fantastic. And you wouldn’t immediately think so when you see that there are 12 organic spices in this beer. That’s right. Twelve.

No need to load up your mortar and pestle – we’ve done it for you. The Spice Principle puts to use a bounty of 12 organic spices to intensify the lively flavour profile in this “spice weiss” – an imaginative take on the German-style weissbiere.

1. Coriander
2. Turmeric
3. Cumin
4. Fenugreek
5. Cayenne
6. Black Pepper
7. Yellow Mustard
8. Ginger
9. Cinnamon
10. Cardamom
11. Cloves
12. Nutmeg

Until this beer I had never heard the words Fenugreek or Cardamom. Although both sound like new age Pokémon. Now I know that Fenugreek and Cardamom are spices from the Indian sub-continent. And I only have Beau’s to thank for that introduction.

So see, not only do you get to drink great amazing beer. But you learn something too. You’re welcome.