Beau’s All Natural Brewing is bringing the world of craft beer to Ontario, using a unique brewing, distribution and label formula that might spark some interest and ideas for other craft brewhoues. Beau’s formally introduced its new B-Side Brewing Label in Etobicoke this week at It’s a Beer World, one of many Ontario Craft Beer Week events hosted by the brewery. The announcement, which was made live to hundreds of attendees, detailed a new brewing venture that will see internationally renowned brewing brands produced, sold and delivered from the award-winning Eastern Ontario craft brewery, under the umbrella of the B-Side label.
Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne, explained that B-Side is “like a record label, but for beer. Not to sound too prolific or anything, but I think this project might totally change the way beer is sold in this province.”
He adds: “B-Side is not about new beers from Beau’s — it’s us traveling the globe to meet cool, like-minded brewers, and then working with them to create authentic versions of their recipes we can brew fresh right here in Ontario.”
On hand for the announcement was Ander Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer in Denmark, a brewer who is the first to “sign” to the B-Side Brewing Label. His B-Side creation, called Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale, features a unique Northern-inspired medley of ingredients including sweet gale, yarrow, dried heather flowers, rose hips and cranberries for a balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a maple syrup addition rounds out the character of the beer.
B-Side’s pilot batch of Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale will be on tap at select restaurants and pubs in Ontario in June and bottled in very limited quantities at the Beau’s All Natural retail store and home delivery in Ottawa through BYBO. B-Side will put Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale into year-round production at the Beau’s brewery this fall, for sale through the LCBO retail chain. More information about the new B-Side Brewing Label will be released over the coming months at www.b-side.ca.