The 2013 Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest presented by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is just around the corner. Last year the award-winning brewery put together a commemorative six pack that was made available during and after the Oktoberfest celebration and I was a big fan of the beers that they included.
Building off of this idea, the team at Beau’s decided to offer a Mix Pack containing four of the beers that will be available at the 2013 event a few weeks beforehand. It’s basically a “best of” package to promote their signature event and it’s being distributed to LCBO stores all over the province. I’ll briefly review the four beers and preview the annual festivities, which are set to take place rain or shine on October 4th and 5th at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds.
Lug Tread Lagered Ale from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in the tiny village of Vankleek Hill, Ontario is an organic beer that pours a deep golden colour with a veritable ton of visible carbonation and a big soapy head that burns off quickly. This scarcely-brewed German-style beer smells very, very fresh. Sweet roasted malts and a grassy hop tone are joined by a slightly buttery note and one of freshwater.
The taste of Lug Tread Lagered Ale is primarily of toasted malts for me, with a real grassy character and a decent bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is creamy at first, but takes on a bready or yeasty character as the carbonation burns off. The aftertaste is quite dry and crisp, with a hint of malt and a slight earth/dirt note.