The Glengarry News


Beau's a Canadian Treasure

publisher Feb 28, 2018 - 11:16am

Beau's Brewery of Vankleek Hill has received another honour.

The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) at George Brown College has designated the company as a “Canadian Treasure,” an initiative launched in 2017 through which the accomplishments of culinary, hospitality, and tourism trailblazers across Canada are recognized and celebrated. Beau’s co-founder and CEO Steve Beauchesne accepted the award at a ceremony in Toronto last week, where Beau’s was honoured for its award-winning and certified organic craft beer, its commitment to being family-run and independent, and its consideration for the environment and local communities.

Another beer award

publisher Jan 26, 2018 - 2:38pm

Halcyon Barrel House, an offshoot of Beau’s Brewing, of Vankleek Hill, placed fourth on the list of top ten new breweries in the world.
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“Given that there were more than 6,400 new worldwide brewers who registered with since June 2016, it’s quite the honour to be among the top ten. It’s an inspiration to keep doing what we are doing; that taking the time to make the best beer possible is absolutely worthwhile,” says Halcyon Barrel House Brewmaster Bryce McBain.
Rolled out last May, Halcyon Barrel House produces wild and sour ales using traditional brewing methods of wood fermentation and bottle conditioning. Its inaugural release, Infinity Mirror Brett I.P.A., won Silver in the Experimental Beer, Canada category in the World Beer Awards last fall. The brewery has since released a Flanders-style sour red ale called Gravity Well, and Shifting Sands, a sour golden ale with fruit, as well as a number of one-off creations.

Record Oktoberfest

publisher Sep 27, 2017 - 12:02pm

More than 20,000 festival-goers helped Beau’s Brewery set a new record for fundraising at the ninth annual Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill.

A sum of $100,205 was collected for projects and charities, surpassing the $75,000 goal, and bringing the nine-year total to $616,889. “This is amazing!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “This Oktoberfest was definitely warmer than we’re used to, and the spirit of generosity was just as strong as the sunshine. I love seeing Vankleek Hill come to life with such a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere every year we do this.”

The United Way Charity Bike Ride took place again this year, raising more than $35,000 for an initiative called “All That Kids Can Be.”

Among the beneficiaries are the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society,which will each receive $10,000.

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 - By the Numbers*

 * Funds raised: $100,205
 * 2017 attendance: 20,515
 * Litres of beer and cider served: 31,570
 * People who took bus shuttles to get home safely: 3,741
 * Portions of food prepared: 46,400
 * Litres of local spring water served: 3,780
 * Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 477
 * Number of festival volunteers: 785 plus 130 Beau’s staff
 * Total artists/performers: 162
 * Keg-toss event participants: 169
 * Pieces of dishes & cutlery washed to reduce waste: 38,000
 * Sunday “Beer Brunches” served: 277
 * Total RVs and tents in camping area: 524
 * Ferris Wheel rides: 1,017