April 21, 2014

My Favourite Beer

As some members of my friends and family can attest to, I drink a lot of beer that's not quite run of the mill to the average person. To the beer afficindo, they could be considered greats...hell I love them. 

If you've been reading this blog for a while, it should come as no surprise that I quite enjoy Mill St, Beau's, and other craft breweries (keep an eye on Whitewater). A good number of them are Ontario microbreweries, so I apologize for mentioning something you can't have depending on where in the world you live. 

My favorite beer, however, has to be the 'Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale'. It is brewed by Beau's, however, it is not their recipe from what I understand. It is thus far the only beer in the 'B-Side' brewling label. Uusually Beau's bottles are engraved with the famous tractor logo; Kissmeyer bottles are engraved with a record patterning. So Beau's basically brew's another recipe and that's the distinction.

I myself am not that familiar with Kissmeyer, but this is a Nordic Pale Ale, so perhaps they are based off of Denmark somewhere. As of this writing I'm unsure. 

So what about the beer, you ask?

I'll merely copy + paste from Beau's description of the ale here, for they can describe better than I can:

B-Side Brewing Label 5.6% alc/vol Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is an imaginative interpretation of the Pale Ale style and features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Dried Heather Flowers, Rose Hips, and Cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a Maple-Syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. The Nordic pale ale features intricate herbal nuance, moderate hop presence, pleasant dryness, and a crisp finish.
A one-man gypsy brewing company, Kissmeyer Beer creates innovative beers with a distinct personal and unique character, brewed to an exemplary degree of technical quality, inspired by and often brewed in collaboration with world-class brewer friends and colleagues. 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.

It is quite delicious. It's a pale ale, so that means hops & bitter but not unbearingly so. I've had bitter-er, and it's well balanced. I do hope that Beau's continues to brew the Nordic Pale Ale, as well as potentially add to the B-Side Brewing Label. 

Before I close this post, of Beau's recipes that I like the most is the staple Lug Tread Lager, and the Tom Green Milk Stout. Please keep those three coming, boys.

You can purchase the Nordic Pale Ale from the LCBO, Beau's Brewery itself, or have it delivered via http://www.beaus.ca/bybo

Right before pushing 'Publish' I saw this article:

Beau’s All Natural Brewing formally introduced the new “B-Side Brewing Label” in Etobicoke last night at It’s a Beer World, one of many Ontario Craft Beer Week events hosted by the brewery. The announcement, which was made live to hundreds of attendees, detailed a new brewing venture that will see internationally renowned brewers brands produced, sold, and delivered from the award-winning Eastern Ontario craft brewery, under the umbrella of the B-Side label. Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne, explains that B-Side is “like a record label, but for beer. Not to sound too prolific or anything, but I think this project might totally change the way beer is sold in this province.” He adds: “B-Side is not about new beers from Beau’s — it’s us travelling the globe to meet cool, like-minded brewers, and then working with them to create authentic versions of their recipes we can brew fresh right here in Ontario.”
On hand for the announcement was Ander Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer in Denmark, a brewer who is the first to “sign” to the B-Side Brewing Label. His B-Side creation, called Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale, features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients including sweet gale, yarrow, dried heather flowers, rose hips, and cranberries for a balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a maple syrup addition rounds out the character of the beer.
B-Side’s pilot batch of Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale will be on tap at select restaurants and pubs in Ontario in June, and bottled in very limited quantities at the Beau’s All Natural retail store and home delivery in Ottawa through BYBO. B-Side will put Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale into year-round production at the Beau’s brewery this fall, for sale through the LCBO retail chain. More information about the new B-Side Brewing Label will be released over the coming months at www.b-side.ca.
BEAU’S All Natural Brewing is a small, family-run company founded in 2006. BEAU’S brews interesting, tasty beers using the highest-quality organic ingredients, and local spring water. A member of the Ontario Craft Brewers, BEAU’S is a recipient of numerous international awards for brewing excellence, including 2 GOLD medal s at Mondial de la Bière (Strasbourg, France, and Montreal, Quebec), five GOLD medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) and “Best Craft Beer in Ontario” (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) at the Golden Tap Awards, as well as “Best Beer” and “Best Brewery” at the National Capital Craft Beer Festival. BEAU’S was chosen by CAFE as the 2010 Canadian Family Enterprise of the Year. BEAU’S signature fundraising event, Oktoberfest, was selected as a 2011 finalist for Best Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience. BEAU’S flagship and seasonal beers are available throughout most of Ontario. BEAU's entire line of beer is certified organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.
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To access high-res photo:
B-Side Brewing Label Photo
For more information, please contact:
Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0
Toll-free at 866-585-BEER, (613) 678-2799 x.220 regular business hours

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