September 3, 2014

Fall Beer

It's fall beer season - means Oktoberfest! There are quite a few great offerings available. 

first and foremost, is this year's Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack, pictured above. It should be on sale anytime now, depending on which LCBO you go to, as well as directly at the brewery and through

I mentioned previously about the beers, but here they are again:

Oh, and you get one of each.

1) Happy Pilsner Bohemian Pilsner • 5.3% alc/vol
The Bohemian pilsner is a staple of the German diet, and we're happy to include one for you in the 2014 Beau’s Oktoberfest mix pack! Pale blond in colour, Happy Pilsner’s light floral, herbal and honey aromas take your senses on a trip to their happy place: the ever-enjoyable taste of a crisp, clean traditional lager. Traditional to the style, the flavour has some yeast-derived soft sulfur notes. The hopping provides medium bitterness that balances the malt profile without harshness.

2) Dark Helmüt Imperious Schwarzbier • 7.3% alc/vol
Dark Helmüt is an extra-strong version of a German black lager. It displays a mellow roasted character that is juxtaposed with the enjoyable lager crispness. Malty, bready notes (think pumpernickel without caraway) provide the backdrop to this clean, crisp beer. Dark Helmüt has refined mocha inflections and a surprisingly subtle roasted flavour for a beer as dark as the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Malt depth maintains a pleasant balance and keeps the bigger alcohol presence nicely integrated.

3) Rauchstack Smoked Dunkel • 6.9% alc/vol
Rauchstack is a smooth, full-bodied smoked ale. The distinctive smoky character, courtesy of wood-fire kilned malts in the recipe, is balanced by rich, malty sweetness. The body is luscious and the flavour echoes the smoky scent, giving the sense of a beer that could almost be a meal. Our friend Thomas at Weyermann Malts in Bamberg, Germany, custom-designed the malt profile for this recipe (over breakfast no less!), and we brewed it in tribute to our close ties with them.

4) Dial "Z" for Zwickel Zwickelbier • 5.7% alc/vol
Dial “Z” for Zwickel is a rare new creation from the Beau’s brew team, a hazy copper-coloured lager called a zwickelbier – a beer so über-fresh, it tastes like you walked right up to our tanks and poured it yourself. The flavour and aroma are ripe with bready, yeasty goodness and fresh grassy notes, and a finely balanced hop presence. Zwickelbiers are seriously not meant for aging, and best served… right now!

I am not sure how long Beau's keeps their mix packs for, so if you see it grab it. I am guessing approx 2-4 weeks, and this is brand new in stores so you should be good for at least two weeks at the very minimum. 

Also, let's not forget about Night Marzen, their seasonal for the fall....

Märzen is the traditional Oktoberfest style of beer. Our only regularly produced lager, this rich malty beer uses just the right amount of noble hops to balance the Munich malts and features an ultra clean finish to complete the package. Like all our beer, Night•Märzen is brewed with local springwater, organic malts and organic hops.

Typically, you can expect to find the seasonals a lot longer than the mix packs [the best of Beau's will replace the Oktoberfest one. That one should be out late Nov, early Dec but I shall keep you posted.

I don't follow too many craft breweries all that closely, the two I do my best to keep track of are Beau's, and Mill St. Speaking of, their fall seasonal / Oktoberfest sampler....   

In this one you get 3 Pumpkin Ales....

5.0% alc./vol.) Appearing in the fall this devilishly delicious ale is brewed with real pumpkin and generous amounts of spice. This smooth medium bodied amber ale is made with a blend of 5 malts, 6 spices, unmalted wheat, pure vanilla extract and pumpkin in the mash. its spicy aroma and hints of ginger and clove leave a lingering “pumpkin pie” aftertaste.

...and 3 Oktoberfest Beers! 

Be sure to try them! Also, check out some beers that are actually made in Germany, too! (Holsten, Daab, Erdinger,...) 


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