Monday, October 15, 2007

"Hey, guys, what's going on?"

I thought I'd do up a little update on things that have been going down at Beau's central lately. Here's da scoop.

New Beer Style Coming Your Way

First of all, for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting a new style of beer from our brewery, this week we've been working on a test batch of a lil' seasonal treat we plan to launch with this winter. We have the basic recipe in mind, and are right now testing out a few variations. Like Lug Tread, we'll be the only brewery in Ontario making anything like it and its going to be real ly interesting and (I hope) tasty. Look forward to it in the middle o' winter, when a new beer will brighten up those short, cold days.

LCBO and New Bottles

So you love the Jug o' Lug -- and who doesn't? But we're all about options. We've ordered some smaller-sized bottles we like quite a bit. They're wicked cool , and you'll be able to buy them at the brewery retail store for Christmas and at select LCBO stores early in the new year. We're also upgrading our bottling equipment (read: getting some) to keep up with the demand for these nice new vessels. And don't worry, the jugs will still be available from the retail store for your purchasing convenience.

More Places to Get Beau's On Tap

Here are a few of our new best friends. You should check them out!

Agave Grill
Casselman Restaurant
Navan Curling Club

Museum of War/Museum of Civilization History Ball

We're the official sponsors of the coolest party of the year - the history ball. This year's theme is the age of style 20's, 30's and 40's. The museum is going to be decking out The Tank Room (it's called that because its full of tanks) and dressing up all the guests in zoot suits and flapper dresses and we're gonna party like its 1929. Tix are $500, and money it goes to raise money for the two museums.

Kurt Waldele Fundraiser

Kurt Waldele, the Executive Chef of the National Arts Center in Ottawa, has been one of the leading chefs of the National Capital region for almost three decades, and a well respected community leader as well. He has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Robert Bourrassa and the Epicurean Society are organizing a standing dinner cocktail at the NAC on October 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. They have gathered 29 of the city’s top chefs, a veritable who’s who of the culinary scene in Ottawa, to contribute some of their signature dishes as well as 4 of Niagara’s top wineries, Beau's All Natural (of course) and one other brewery (I'm not being cheeky, I really don't know who the other brewery is). If you have $150 burning a hole in your pocket, come check it out, yo. The funds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Ottawa Wine and Food Show

We'll be there again this year! Come see us November 2, 3 and 4 at the Ottawa Congress Centre. Admission is $15. Tas-tee stuff.


justin said...

Hey guys... Congrats on getting your beer listed at the LCBO. From what I've heard, it's no easy task! Let us know if it's going to be available in the GTA.

Anyway - a homebrewer question... Do you think your growlers can withstand the pressure of bottle conditioning? I have a couple kicking around and it might be a few months before I make it back to eastern Ontario.



Tim said...

Hi Justin..thanks for your comments

I talked to Matthew our brewer and its impossible to determine if our growlers will hold up to conditioning as there are too many variables may want to try one and see how it goes??

The LCBO wasn't overly tough to get into but it is a very slow process and time consuming. I don't know when we will be avalible in the GTA as we are focused in Eastern Ont. for now but we are working westward.


Steve said...

Interestingly enough, this is getting discussed today on the Members of Barleyment email list.

According to homebrewers who do use growlers, the cap will hold the CO2, but pressure in the bottle will build until it explodes...they say they loosen the cap slightly after a week to let some excess CO2 escape.

If you are interested in homebrewing, you should check out the site and sign up to the email list...a word of caution though, the email list is extremely active - so expect 100+ emails/day on homebrewing topics.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys...I am a big fan of your blog, and check frequently for new posts.

Just curious; is it legal to sell beer directly online in Ontario? Or are you completely restricted by the options you outlined in your blog?


steve said...

Hey Justin,

We can't do online or mail-order for beer. Which is too the US they have really cool beer-of-the-month clubs where you get a diffeerent 6-pack every month in the mail. WE can't do any fun stuff like that.