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Cassel Brewery has released their limited edition Harvest Ale today.
Mario Bourgeois, Co-owner and Brewmaster spoke about the beer in a post we did earlier this month on Harvest Ales:
"We obtained hops from what was harvested back in 1920 in Fournier ON! That hop is said to be a bohemian likely Saaz. Up to 1958 they employed well over 2000 people to help during the harvesting season. A retired belgian farmer kept some plants and multiplied them over the years. We were lucky to get 10lbs of dried hops and we are likely the first one to brew again with this hop which once was very popular. Our supplier got an interview with an 87 year old man who was the third generation to harvest this hop, he was employing over 600 people on his farm only… yep all in Fournier ON!"
The flavours of this beer range from spicy to floral to earthy, bitterness is well balanced with an intriguing aroma.
The Harvest ale is available at Cassel Brewery however only 200 were bottled so you'll want to drop in and get some soon!
LAST MINUTE INVITATION!!! We're doing an end of summer BBQ meet up at our brewery tomorrow, Saturday, September 6, starting at 2pm. Sausages and beef jerkey from local butcher, L'Orignal Packing, will be onsite. First bite and a pint of beer is on us – given you donate to our local food bank. See you there!
Cassel Brewery is located at 715 Principale Street, Casselman, Ontario. Word on the web is that they'll have a special edition of their Caboose IPA on tap.
On Tuesday morning Cassel Brewery announced that their flagship beer, Golden Rail Honey Brown Ale, is experiencing some variation in flavour due to some changes in malt production.
Our Golden Rail is a bit under the weather lately. We knew the risk, but we were confident we would never have to face this challenge. Our Golden Rail is made with a very unique malt called Honey malt. So unique there is nothing like it in the world, no substitute. So unique there is only one company that produces it and one slight change in the production of this malt can change the whole flavour. We had a talk with the company and yes they acknowledged that no batch of honey malt they produce is the same.
The next few releases of our Golden Rail will be lighter in honey/caramel flavour. The Honey malt we received since July is missing a good part of its unique flavour. Still enjoyable but lighter in taste than that what it used to be.
We are working at tweaking the recipe in the coming weeks to compensate for this lack of flavour by adding a few more speciality malts to get it as close as possible. Who knows this may be the best thing that could've happened!
So if you come across a Golden Rail that doesn't taste the same hang on we're working hard at bringing it back to what it used to be!
Affected batches have the batch stamp "1141" and up.
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!
This is Cassel Brewery's first beer and their flagship. Inspired by Fuller's Honey Dew which is half beer and half mead, brewmaster Mario Bourgeois created a recipe using honey malt to mimic the flavour. The aroma is mostly malt, with notes of sweet honey, caramel and slight floral hops. The taste mimics the aroma with honey and caramel malt balanced by subtle spicy and floral hops. At 5% ABV and 24 IBU it goes down easy and would please most palates.
Cassel Brewery's Golden Rails Honey Brown pours with a nice amber colour and the honey aroma is evident on pour. I
enjoyed the honey flavour and appreciated that it had just the right
amount of sweetness. Cassel definitely pulled the wool over my eyes on
this one as there is no actual honey in this beer. It
has a nice smooth feel on the palate and isn't too strong, making it
perfect for someone who doesn't like a strong hoppy beer flavour. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and with a ABV of only 5% I can imagine enjoying a few pints of this refreshing brew on my patio!
Golden Rails Honey Brown Ale is available in 1.89 litre growlers at Cassel Brewery or on tap at a selection of pubs throughout Ottawa – we suggest you Hop On and give it a try.
To get a better idea of what the brewers have been collaborating on we interviewed the Ottawa breweries involved in The Brewery Market // Capital Mashup. Check back during the week of June 30 – July 6 for a preview of what's going down July 7 in Parkdale Park.
Our fist interview is with Mario Bourgeois, head brewer at Cassel Brewery Company in Casselman, Ontario (40 minutes outside Ottawa). In their first year they've produced 7 brews including their flagship Golden Rails Honey Brown and Railroad Special seasonal, Maple Rye. Recently the nanobrewery won a $55,000 grant from Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) through the Eastern Ontario Development Program to help expand their business. For the Capital Mashup, Mario was teamed up with Mike Lackey, brewer at Great Lakes Brewery.
Ottawa Beer Events (OBE): Can you tell us about the collaboration beer?
Mario Bourgeois (MB): We did a Cranberry Saison, 30gal of it on a pilot system.
Did you get to pick how you collaborated with? How did you get paired up with Great Lakes Brewery?
No, Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) was offered to us, being a big fan of the 666 IPA I didn't hesitate a second!
How did you like brewing in their facility?
Was a very fun and pleasant experience to create a beer with another brew master; share stories, experiences and, of course, a few laughs! Mike Lackey is from a similar background as me – we learned brewing on the fly. I was also inspired by the amount of pilot batches Mike is doing, I will start to do the same to have a few more recipes in the pipeline.
Were there any challenges? Did anything throw you for a loop?
The only challenge was what to do! Mike has saison in his mind which I had never brewed myself, and then we went over the spices and adjunct supplies that we had (a lot of it!) and decided to go cranberry. It was a mutual decision. As for brewing it, besides being a system I never brewed on, we both know how to make beer 😉
What other beers will you have available at the Capital Mashup?
We'll have our Golden Rails Honey Brown, Hopper Car IPA and also our White Fog Witbier.
The Ottawa Brewery Market // Capital Mashup will be held on July 7, 2013 at Parkdale Park (12pm – 8pm). Admission is free and families/pets are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine – prepare yourself for the Ottawa weather.