Beau's All Natural Brewing Company opened on Canada Day 2006. Beau's premium beers are brewed by the Beauchesne family of VanKleek Hill. They use spring water, and certified organic malts, no fillers or chemicals, choosing to brew in small batches to produce a high-quality, distinctive all natural brew. Beau's promises to deliver beers that pay homage to their Eastern Ontario roots, their flagship ale being "Lug Tread" named in honour of the tire treads of the small tractors which once symbolized farming in Eastern Ontario.

Festivale Beer / Festivale Plus at Beau's
Festivale Beer / Festivale Plus at Beau's
Festivale Beer / Festivale Plus at Beau's
Beaver River I.P. Eh? at Beau's
Bog Water at Beau's
Bog Water at Beau's
Lug Tread at Beau's
Foods from Beau's

2009 Jun 19
We stopped in our way from Montreal to buy their seasonal brew and a large 1/2 gallon of Lug Tread. Really nice, great service and they knew their brews really well (these were all the women who worked in the front office).

2009 Jun 14
I was looking at Itchy Feet's review of A Cottage and a Kitchen and came across (via the google map location for that vendor) a list of places with Beau's on Tap, in Google Map form.

This has the potential to be very useful...

2009 May 17
We went this weekend. The staff were friendly. We had a tour and lots of samples of beer during various stages of processing. They had a bbq going and had elk sausages. It's worth the trip. Only complaint is that the beer seemed to be MORE expensive here than at the LCBO?

2008 Sep 28
Dropped by the Brewery after visiting the Vankleek Hill Festival of Flavours. Lots of great news:

* At the Golden Tap Awards Beau's WON BEST ONTARIO BREWERY 2008.

* For the 2rd Year Running Lug Tread WON the Golden Tap Award 2008 for the Best Beer in Ontario (outside the GTA). This is the third win in total for Lug Tread at this annual event.

* Golden Tap Awards will be given out on Friday, October 24th at The Manx The Manx (winner of the Best Bar in Ontario).

* Beau's featured in a recent issue of Ottawa Magazine.

* Beau's to be featured on CTV-Ottawa's Regional Contact later this Fall... date still to be confirmed.

* Festivale Plus available for sale at the Brewery while supplies last.

* Oktoberfest Beer coming in October... details to follow.

* Beau's Party at the Elmdale House Tavern Elmdale House on Saturday, September 27th will feature the Beau's Band the "Oh Yeahs!"

* The Brewery has added a new reach in cooler in the store, with cool signage, and filled with Bottles and Growlers.

* New Beau's promotional merchandise is on order / arriving... Mason Jars, "Farm" Hats, Toques and Scarves.

* Brewery now carries Thomas Riding Wing-It Products (Thomas is the chef at Sam Jakes Inn in Merrickville).

2008 Apr 24
Steve one of the co-owners was gracious enough to let the local brewers' club have their annual malt shipment delivered to the brewery along with their own regular shipment (shippers will generally only ship to a place with a proper loading dock). Last night we went out en-masse to pick up our malt and check out the brewery.

I arrived fairly early and was greeted by Steve and a complimentary glass of Lug Tread. He left soon thereafter since he was apparently on "night shift" with all the bottling they had ahead of them. After loading up our metric tonne of malt into various vehicles, we hung around and chatted with Steve's dad Tim, and several of us helped with bottling the ceramic bottles of Lug Tread. I was reminded of why I as a homebrewer only lasted 1 year at the bottling game before investing in a kegging system. That was over 10 years ago now and I haven't looked back :-)

We all had a great time, and were treated well by our hosts. Though it was not a completely charitable event on their part since we walked away with several hundred dollars in beer in addition to our malt. My own tab topped $200 for a 20L keg of Lug Tread, and 5 growlers of Lug Tread and Bogwater.

2008 Feb 23
Beau's is a great place for a weekend daytrip. Vankleek Hill is a nice town that I had never stumbled on before, a bit of a gem in Eastern Ontario... having a brewery doesn't hurt either.

Beau's Brewery isn't exactly the most polished place in the world, it is after all a working brewery. There's a small storefront through the front door, attached to the brewery, which you can see into. Offers some nice brewerania (coasters, pint glasses, assorted Beau's clothing) but, most importantly, beer. Samples were offered from a tap behind the counter with friendly explanations of both brews. Both lugtread and bogwater were for sale in growlers and 750mL ceramic swing-tops. Brewery tour was offered and was well worth the time. A short tour with an overview of the process. Highlight was samples from the fermenting tanks, letting us check out both brews at various stages of the process, great to see the beer develop. I'll head back sometime!

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2008 Sep 28
Golden Tap Awards

2008 - LUG TREAD - BEST BEER 2008 (Outside the GTA)
2007 - LUG TREAD - BEST BEER 2007 (Outside the GTA)

2008 Feb 23
Ottawa's new favourite session beer (or at least it seems like that sometimes), Beau's seems to have had alot of success getting their beer out there. Any decent bar will have Beau's on tap and when I ask for craft beer at fine restaurants, Beau's is usually one of the few they actually have.

Not the most prolific style in the NA micro-scene, Beau's deserves props for this shot at the continental kolsch. Keeping with Beau's overall image, the first thing that comes to mind when sampling lugtread is barnyard... that sounds bad, but it isn't. Lugtread is all about very grainy, sweet, juicy malt that puts you in mind of the fruitiness of an English bitter and the crispness of a German lager. Hops play second fiddle with some really nice floral aroma and faint herbal taste.

This is a very easy drinking beer. Tasty enough to appeal to your beer geek, but familiar enough not to scare away your average punter. The Capital Region is lucky to have this so widely available.


2011 Jul 5
picked up 4 of these after work...I'm drinking one on the balcony right now! no glass, just straight out of the bottle ha ha!! it's great, more bitterness than lug tread, toasted flavours, very clean finish.

2011 Jul 5
This might help tourist.

2011 Jul 5
thanks for the heads up. unfortunately it doesn't look like my neigbourhood LCBO has it, but i don't mind making a detour to get it!

2011 Jul 5
It's out! Check your local LCBO. Only had a few left when I picked up four today at the Bank warehouse location.

2009 Jul 21
I went to the brewery last week to buy the festivale with a friend of mine and we went home with a trunk full.
Extraordinarily delicious and refreshing. Crisp citrus flavor with a little bit of sweet.
I've finished off every bottle... going back on another road trip to the brewery tomorrow.

Three cheers to Beau's on this one.

2009 Jun 20
2009 Summer Seasonal

Release Date - June 21, 2009 (Summer Solstice / Father's Day)

2008 Sep 28
Was introduced in the Summer of 2008, and sold exclusively at Ontario Festivals (like the Franco-Ontarien Festival in Ottawa) and thru the Brewery (when available). A more intensely "Festivale Plus" was revealed later in the summer and sold at the Brewery and again at select events.

I had a "sample" of the original Festivale, and I enjoyed it. "The Man" had a glass of Festivale Plus at the Vankleek Hill Festival of Flavours late September, and he liked it a lot, but Beau's Lug Tread is still is favourite!


2008 Mar 2
YAY Elmdale -- I'll be right over! Here's the man responsible... the Master Brewer Matthew.

2008 Feb 27
I do know that the church has always been heavily involved in one way or another with the production of beer, but have not heard this particular story. And with all due respect to Steve, I am always extremely skeptical about stories like this which come from breweries - even trusted micros. They tend to seriously over-simplify things like this (usually as a result of the marketing department, though that's not likely the case here). In fairness, within any given context breweries typically don't have time to tell the full story, or don't have an audience who really cares about it. And they will of course leave out parts that might mean they sell less beer.

One of the hugest factors that I've always read about in switching to hops was the fact that hops have natural antiseptic properties, and brewers noticed that beers brewed with hops would keep longer. This would of course be something that your local brewery making gruit beer does not want to tell you because they don't want it being misunderstood as meaning the beer they are selling you might be bad. Keep in mind that back when gruit was being used we didn't even know simple things like how boiling the beer kills germs and so forth. So I especially don't want to give the impression that Bog Water is any more likely to be bad than any other beer - because with a modern brewery it simply is not.

Here is a good little article from Wikipedia which confirms this story but also echos my comment on how this tends to get oversimplified.

2008 Feb 25
Captain Caper...
See you tuesday for another pint....

2008 Feb 24
I got a whole mouthful of nicely toasted malt. A good balance of the bitters (springing from the sweet gale and almost burnt malt) and the residule sugars.

I certainly got the chocolate notes as well as the floral wiffs. In fact the chocolate notes were so present, for me, that I remarked to my friend "This beer is the first and only beer I would like to try a chocolate bar with".

There is a lingering complex finish that the brewmaster should be proud of.

Mind you, this brew is not for the feint of heart or should I say palette. It's a 'full meal deal' when it comes to the nose , the front and back end as well as the finish.

Like I find many of good dark ales, they are more for supping than quaffing. If I want to quaff, I'll go grab a Beau's LugTread.

2008 Feb 23
A throw back to earlier times, Bogwater was released for Valentine's day (2008). It uses sweet gale harvested from Northern Quebec in place of hops and is a strong, brown ale.

Alongside dark, fruity German malts on the nose you get the myrtle. Spicy, very floral with an almost medicinal herbal note.

It's nice that the sweet gale doesn't take this beer over. Malts are blended very well to give you vinous, dark fruit and some chocolate sweetness with a bit of roasted bitterness. Sweet gale is interesting. Taste matches the aroma of the sweet gale very well, the bouquet-like floral note, the herbal spiciness. You also get some really forward pepper notes though. Beer does a fine job hiding its alcohol content. Last finish gives some really nice maple notes. Really interesting and refreshingly adventurous. Available in growlers and 750ml swingtops from the brewery and several local restaurants/bars.



2011 May 2
Finally got to try this beer out. Wow that is hoppy. They are not kidding when they say it's for all you hop heads out there. I had to head to the Westboro LCBO to find this beer. It is being sold as singles. Strong beer but the citrus eluded my taste buds. I should have got a couple not sure how much longer you can get them. There were not that many left and I could not find any at the Bank and Walkley LCBO.

2009 Apr 22
This is Beaus first truly organic beer... and they are extremely proud of being able to market it as such (Certified Organic Malts & Eastern Ontario Spring Water).

The release is schedule for Friday, April 24, 2009 and according to Canadian Beer News this Seasonal Beer will be available in bottles at the Brewery and on tap at various locations around Eastern Ontario including Play, Pub Italia & The Cheshire Cat. The beer will have a limited time availability until the Summer Solstice (June 21st) at which time a new seasonal brew will be rolled out.