Blackstrap Bootstrapper

We met up with our good friends from Crannóg Ales this spring to co-operatively brew this roasty and flavourful dry porter with blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap Bootstrapper is fourth in a series of beers Beau’s will brew with friends across the nation to honour Ottawa 2017, a year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. A portion of proceeds from sales of Blackstrap Bootstrapper will go to support Mining Watch Canada (

5.8 % • Ottawa 2017

History & Style:

Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.

Tasting Notes:

The porter pours nearly opaque brown-black with ruby undertones, and a thick tan foam. Aromas of mocha, molasses and plum are evident. The flavours are a balanced combination of roasted malts and dried fruit. The finish is dry and gently warm.

Food Pairings:

Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.

Technical Specs

  • ALC/VOL: 5.8 %
  • INGREDIENTS: Local spring water, organic barley malts, organic hops, organic blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast.
  • MALTS: Pale Ale, Munich, Caramel 60, Chocolate, Black, Carahell, Carared (all organic)
  • HOPS: Organic Fuggles, Organic Challenger
  • YEAST: German Ale yeast
  • IBU’S: 30
  • OG: 13.5
  • FG: 2.7
  • SERVING TEMP.: 6-8 C
  • GLASSWARE: Nonic