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Beau’s botanical brew “Tyrannosaurus Gruit” on shelves this week

Beau’s is bringing back the once-extinct Tyrannosaurus Gruit, a red ale that uses a number of unconventional ingredients to create a balanced, highly drinkable beer. Tyrannosaurus Gruit was brewed using organic beets grown locally in Acton Vale, Québec on the Desmarais Farm, along with organic juniper berries, hibiscus flowers, and hand-harvested white spruce tips.

This unique, bright and crisp 5.8% alc/vol gruit ale pours brilliantly clear with a red cranberry colour. The aromas of beets and berries give way to subtle spruce. The flavour reflects beet flavour with resinous, peppery spruce notes, closing with a hint of juniper. Like all Beau’s beer, Tyrannosaurus Gruit is certified organic.

The variety of food-meets-beer ingredients in Tyrannosaurus Gruit opens up the possibilities for an abundance of pairing options, including the expected dishes such as beet salad and beet-cured gravlax, as well as dishes with earthy and peppery notes such as basil and arugula pesto (check out the recipe online at http://beaus.ca/basil-arugula-pesto/).

After being met with enthusiasm upon its debut as a limited release in 2016, Beau’s is offering Tyrannosaurus Gruit to a wider audience for spring 2017. Craft beer fans may discover this gruit ale beginning March 2 by the bottle across Ontario in the LCBO, and in dépanneurs and grocery stores throughout Québec. It will also be available at more than 250 bars and restaurants in those provinces as the final installment in Beau’s feBREWary series. Tyrannosaurus Gruit will also be for sale by the bottle and on-tap at craft-friendly establishments in New York State, and in Alberta and British Columbia, and of course, the Vankleek Hill, Ont., craft brewery’s retail shop and online at BYBO.ca.