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Beau’s feBREWary enters second week with release of Bavarian dark lager Dunkel

Beau’s Brewing Co.’s 6th annual month-long winter beer celebration continues this week with the employee-owned craft brewery’s latest Farm Table offering, a roasty and rich-tasting German-style dark lager known as Dunkel.

The malt-forward traditional German lager will be available at more than 250 restaurants and pubs in Ontario and Québec on Thursday, Feb. 9 for the second week of feBREWary. During feBREWary, Beau’s introduces a new beer every week for the otherwise-dreary winter month at participating pubs and restaurants, on tap and by the bottle at the Vankleek Hill, Ont. independent craft brewery’s retail shop, and by the bottle at approximately 75 Québec retailers.

Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. At 5.7%, Beau’s Dunkel is luscious and toasty in flavour, with smooth crispness. The perfect session beer for cold winter evenings, this medium-bodied dark lager possesses the roasty flavours of mocha and chocolate paired with the clean finish of the lager style.

Among the most appropriately named styles of beer, the term “dunkel” is the German word for “dark.” Dunkel’s history goes back to the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516, which decreed that brewers use only barley, hops and water in beer-making – clearing a path for the dunkel, which met both these standards and satisfied the palates of the people of Munich. This traditional Bavarian lager rose in prominence, with a legacy that remains to this day.

For more information on Beau’s feBREWary, and for a full list of participating pubs, restaurants and retailers, visit http://beaus.ca/febrewary. Dunkel follows a successful kick-off to feBREWary, which saw the Feb. 1 release of Beau’s International Gruit Day selection, Triceratops Tripel. The Beau’s-led #gruitday celebrations had the biggest impact online to date in its five years, with more than 40 participating breweries from all over the world celebrating the ancient brewing style known as “gruits”, in which hops take a back seat to herbs, spices, and other botanicals. Numbers for International Gruit Day doubled that of the previous year, with 3,006,947 Twitter impressions. For more info on International Gruit Day visit gruitday.com.

Next week in feBREWary will see the release of Iron Shirt, a collaborative beer created with Montréal’s Brasserie et Distillerie Oshlag for Beau’s Ottawa 2017 series, which features a monthly beer made collaboratively for the nation’s capital’s official celebration of Canada’s 150th.