Over the Canada Day long weekend Hubby, a couple friends and I decided to spend a night in Montreal. On the way we stopped at the amazingly welcoming Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill which is about an hour out of Ottawa.

Makers of organic beer – Beau’s is a family run operation that has begun to grow in leaps and bounds! When we arrived we were greeted by the knowledgable and friendly staff. Then we were given a sample of Beau’s famous Lug Tread Lagered in biodegradable sample cups, and whisked away on a fun tour of the brewery that taught us about brewing beer, the challenges of brewing all organic beers and the history of the brewery.

There was also lots of sampling!! From an offer to taste the grains that go into making their beer to getting a sample of beer in early, mid and final stages of development (and let me tell you there is quite a difference!) . As a special treat we got to try Vrienden, part of Beaus ‘Wild Oat Series’. A beer commissioned by the Dutch embassy and brewed in collaboration with a Dutch brewer to commemorate the 65th anniversary of liberation of The Netherlands by Canadian troops. It had this amazing banana hint to it that was just stellar. I’m told they are thinking of brewing it once a year to celebrate Tulipfest.

We also got to try their seasonal blend – right now it is Festivale Alt Beer – a red with gorgeous caramel undertones. We couldn’t resist this one and ended up buying a moon shine sized jug of it. One of the perks of going right to the brewery is being able to get things here that you can’t anywhere else. For example the Vrienden only has about a few jugs left this year and can’t be purchased anywhere else.

No car? Don’t worry! Beaus often has tour buses that will pick you up from a designated spot in Ottawa (last I heard it was the Perkins parking lot just beside St.Laurent Mall) or Montreal and will take you to the brewery for special events such as their highly popular Oktoberfest. It’s a great spot filled with fun, beer loving people who will really make your day!

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