Low-alcohol but not low horsepower for Beau’s latest Lug Tread beer

Outside the Vankleek Hill brewery sits the vintage tractor featured on the bottles and cans of Beau's flagship Lug Tread label, as well as the new Lug Tread 2.5%. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

VANKLEEK HILL —  A take-off on Beau’s popular farm-tractor-themed brew, Lug Tread 2.5% is a low-alcohol lagered ale that riffs on the award-winning recipe of the local craft beer maker’s flagship label.

At only 2.5% alcohol, the new offering slides neatly into a category that suits business lunches or social occasions when a low-alcohol beer is preferred.

Beau’s Brewing Co.’s Steve Beauchesne is excited about bringing the innovative recipe to market in Ontario and Quebec. “This is no watered down, bland ‘lite’ beer,” declares the company co-founder. “We’ve put time and care into developing this recipe, and we’re super happy with the results. This is a low alcohol beer that actually tastes like craft beer.”

Lug Tread 2.5% pours a light gold with white foam. A blend of barley and wheat malts delivers fresh grain/cereal flavour and satisfying mouthfeel. Mild herbal and orchard fruit notes lead into a clean lager finish. Refreshingly light and crisp, it pairs wonderfully with aromatic spices such as lemongrass, ginger, garlic, or cilantro; or mild appetizers like spring rolls or salads.

The brew joins Beau’s portfolio of year-round brands, and is available now in single 473 ml cans at select LCBOs, and the Beau’s online store. It will also feature in the new winter edition of The Beau’s Mix, a six-pack sampler coming this November.

For those not in the know, a “lug tread” otherwise refers to a type of tractor tire.

Beau’s flashback, below: Stephanie of Montreal tosses the keg 15 feet over the plank to retain her championship title at the Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. Oktoberfest in 2018. She was also given a chance at the end to reprise the feat as a demonstration (or possibly the bar was set at 16 feet) but couldn’t quite pull it off. Her successful 15-foot competition toss appears at 1:05 in the footage.
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