BEAU’S BREWERY RELEASES BEER CONCEIVED AND BREWED COLLECTIVELY WITH RHEOSTATICS
To create this one-of-a-kind beer, the team at Beau’s met with Rheostatics founding member Dave Bidini to brainstorm recipe ideas. “Finding warmth in cold places is a big sort of thing with us,” explains Bidini, characterizing his band’s tone while brainstorming ideas. The resulting beer is billed as an autumn warmer, evoking the sensory experience of smoky campfires, big piles of leaves, and all things dry and crackly when the summer fades away.
The 6% ABV Parliament of Trees pours a deep mahogany, and features notes of raisins, plums, fruits and dark malt, with impressions of caramel sweetness. A portion of the pale ale malts were smoked using oak, hickory and cherrywood chips, adding a whiff of campfire smoke to the creation. “A lot of [brewing beer] is dreaming up something delicious, and executing that dream. It’s kind of like art in a way,” explains Bidini, who traveled to the Vankleek Hill craft brewery to brew the beer with the Beau’s team. Parliament of Trees is part of Beau’s Ottawa 2017 series – a portion of proceeds from Parliament of Trees will be donated to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (www.waterkeeper.ca).