This is the best incentive a woman could have after a 120 km bike ride from Ottawa – the annual Beau's Oktoberfest party, which took place this past weekend. That and my handsome husband arriving with a warm car and sweater for me. For those of you who aren't familiar with Beau's, they're a father-and-son run brewing company in Vankleek Hill that use high quality, natural ingredients in their beer. Their popular Lug•Tread Lagered Ale displays interwoven malt and hop flavours, subtle fruit flavours and has a crisp lingering finish. (Ok I took that part of their web site. But it's true!)
We got to sample some of the new Nightmarzen beer, very yummy. And the perfect accompaniment – a wild boar sausage with sauerkraut. My husband had the lamb sausage and we brought home some Beau's Pork Sausages as well. The folks from the Piggy Market were barbecuing these delightful treats. And while we chowed down, we got to experience their local keg toss. All in all, a wonderful fall afternoon.
If you've never tried their beer, quite a few Ottawa pubs and restaurants serve it and the LCBO also carries it, you should give it a try. It's on my list of top 5 beers! We left the brewery with 4 growlers and polished them off the same night with friends.