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Cassel Brewery has released their first gruit – Hand Car Gruit Ale! Brewed on International Gruit Day with orange peel and saffron. There are only 300 bottles available so grab yours at the brewery or through Brew Donkey's craft beer delivery service.
From brewmaster Mario Bourgeois:
Brewed with orange peel and flavoured with saffron, this gruit will sure please a lot of people! This a very limited edition only 300 bottles will be available! Gruits are from the ancient times before they knew about hops, so they were using spices instead. Cheers!
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting L'assoiffé 12 by Brasseurs du Monde.
As much as you may think my life revolves around beer; that I sit in a room surrounded by bottles writing witty beer tweets as my job. I don't. I actually work rotating shifts which is why sometimes you'll see me having a beer at 7:00am (after shift) or posting cat videos on Facebook at 1:00am (staying awake).
I've noticed depending on when I come off shift determines the type of beer I want. When I'm in the middle of a string of shifts I want something straight forward without much complication and a low ABV. When I'm off for a "weekend" I want indulgence, lots of flavour and I'm willing to go higher in alcohol.
L'assoiffé 12 is a weekend beer. At 11.5% ABV this beer is loaded with complications and flavours that'll have you parked on the couch trying to figure out what's going on in your glass. Flavour-wise I picked out sweet flavours of plum, fig; spices like nutmeg, clove and a little cinnamon and a pleasant warm finish.
The downside is that the beer seems a little out of balance with the sweetness level being fairly high and spice level right up there. If Brasseurs du Monde were able to strike a balance between the two this would be a solid Belgian Quad.
On a cold winter day sometimes you want to be warmed up with a nice 11% ABV ABT from Brasseurs du Monde's L'assoiffé 12.
On tap at the Mill Street Brew Pub, an exclusive Ottawa only brew (sorry Toronto!), Grapefruit League Imperial Pale Ale. Keg will be tapped Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm and available while supplies last!
Here's what Joel has to say about Grapefruit League Imperial Pale Ale:
We have been thinking about brewing a big blonde American-style Imperial Pale Ale ever since we made our Curious Parrot last summer in Ottawa and now's the time to do it! We brew strong specialty beers in Ottawa in the winter (it's cold there!) and Imperial Pale Ales are an old 19th Century style that fits in with our old 19th Century building there! The liberal use of US grown Cascade hops gives the beer a very big "grapefruit" aroma and palate and bringing the beer out in the last week of February when "Grapefruit League" Major League Baseball is starting meant that the name was almost pre-determined! Lovely rich beer blond beer with a beautiful white head and long lingering hop finish.
Beau’s All Natural will release the final beer for feBREWary this coming Thursday. The month-long craft beer celebration has kept the Eastern Ontario craft brewery busy putting out five beers in four weeks. The feBREWary offerings have been tapped each week at more than 105 restaurants and pubs across Ontario. The latest, Wag the Wolf, is a generously hopped wheat beer with big aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Aptly, the brewery will host a tropical-themed open house this Saturday to celebrate its release.
Wag the Wolf is a weissbeer (wheat beer) that has been generously late-addition-hopped with organic New Zealand varieties. The traditional fruity, spicy and refreshing weissbier is matched with big hop aromas in this unique creation. Made with 65% wheat, and fermented with a traditional hefeweizen yeast, the beer is pale gold in colour and hazy. There are notes of banana, clove, papaya, mango and citrus on the nose. The carbonation is lively and the beer is spicy and fruity, with restrained bitterness and a slightly dry finish.
Participating feBREWary restaurants and pubs will begin tapping Wag the Wolf this coming Thursday, February 27. A list of places across Ontario to try it can be found online atwww.beaus.ca/feBREWary. The brewery will celebrate the release all day Saturday with an indoor/outdoor tropical-themed party. The patio will be open with a fire pit to keep warm by, and Ottawa’s Tacolot will be on hand serving up food. Visitors are encouraged to break out their luau or beach wear and join in the tropical fun. There will also be free posters of the Wag the Wolf art for the first 100 visitors.
Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne says everyone at the brewery is happy with how well feBREWary has been received, both locally and across the province. “Going from 40 participating locations in bigger centres last year to 105 restaurants and pubs in 28 towns and cities has really made the difference for 2014,” he points out. “The beers have been super-creative but at the same time very approachable. It has made for a marvelous month.”
Wag the Wolf will be available for sale in 600 ml bottles at the Beau’s brewery retail store beginning this Thursday, as well as for home delivery in Ottawa through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), for a retail price of $7.85. Wag the Wolf will also make its way onto LCBO shelves across the province in early March, and continue throughout the month of April.