I’ll admit it was the packaging that stopped me in the aisle – a Canadian Craft Beer with phenomenal packaging stands out from it’s peers. There are many that are fairly good and others that are even very good – but there are few that are this pretty:
We ran into the fine folks at Beau’s at the Royal Winter Fair. They had a small booth and were super friendly and we were glad to say hi. Our friend Margaret had tipped us off that there was a new beer lurking around Toronto and we simply had to try it. 3 days later we were provided with our chance. We came home from the Royal Winter with two bottles of their Lug Tread Lagered Ale.
The beer is a combination of two styles – it is top fermented like an ale (it uses malted barley which conducts a fast fermentation and typically results in a sweet and full-bodied taste) and then cold-aged like a lager. The roots of this type of beer trace back to Germany though the beer also reminded me of the Czech Styles of beer (of which a Pilsner is one of the more distinct).
The beer is a golden color and crisp to drink. If you`ve not had a crisp beer before and are struggling to imagine what I mean by that, think of club soda. Club soda is way crisper than any beer I`ve drank but if you`ve had club soda then you know the direction we`re pointing at.
Each of us is entitled to their own taste so my review is relative. This beer, quite simply, could be the best Ontario Craft Beer I have consumed yet. It is certainly in my top 5 and is one of the best beers I have tasted all year.
On top of a great product and a great package (and a great website), Beau`s has a great story. It is a family business that is primarily helmed by a father and son team and their friends. In a world where so many companies are trying to make themselves look bigger than they are to try to compete with giants, Beau`s is proud to be small and family based. Part of their corporate philosophy insists that they will always have time for their friends.
Beau`s has been around Eastern Ontario for several years – it is just starting to come west. Look for the specialty bottle above in Toronto area (and the rest of Central Ontario) LCBOs in early December before it is replaced in January by a new design. A great holiday gift that won’t be re-gifted!