A beautiful and not-so-disgustingly-humid-and-hot day got me to leave the house and hit a few local pubs. I decided to visit a well-known and well-established joint by the name of the Fox & Feather on Elgin street in downtown Ottawa. It's a place I've visited a few times over the years, and the atmosphere has always been great.
So I step up to the bar, pull up a stool, and ask "What do you have that's local?" The response: "Beau's Lug Tread." Not a bad choice if you only had to choose one local brewery. I'm a fan of Beau's brews and the company in general, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that such a pillar in the Ottawa pub scene didn't have a stronger Ontario craft beer selection. That being said, the rest of their selection wasn't terrible, but I was looking for something local, so the choice was obvious.
Before we chat about their flagship beer - the Lug Tread itself - let's talk about Beau's. These folks are located just outside of Ottawa in a small town called Vankleek Hill. They pride themselves on being a tight family operation that is all about organic ingredients and great beer. They've truly stepped up their game in recent history by increasing their presence in the craft brew scene through colaborations with other breweries, some fantastic seasonal brews, and amazing charity works.
Now onto the review:
Lug Tread weighs in at a 5.2% alc./vol. You can pick it up at the LCBO in 4-pack 600mL bottles usually. The colour is a very clear golden-yellow with a thin white head and good lacing. It's important to note that the carbonation is highly visible. The aroma has strong senses of grain and grassy hops with a slight sweetness that I had a hard time describing (a cross between apple and pear is the closest I could get.) There is also a light peppery dusting in the nose. You get more of the grassy hops and grainy malts in the taste with a sweet and peppery aftertaste that is very light. There's surprisingly high carbonation for a light-bodied, crisp and smooth beer.
My final thoughts? A great pint on a warm summer day. This beer graces my fridge often enough, so I don't need to say much except this: if you haven't tried their brews, do it. Lug Tread is finding it's way into more and more pubs and bars here in Ontario, so it shouldn't be hard to find. Worst case, stop by the LCBO and pick up a 4-pack. Better yet: go to their brewery, take them up on a tour, have a few samples, and pick up some brews on your way out.
What about you, my fellow beer lovers? What are your thoughts on Lug Tread?
"This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption: Beer!"
-Friar Tuck in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves