Beau’s All-Natural Brewing of Vankleek Hill, Ontario brews some great beers, and they also make some great experimental beers that use non-traditional (for this century, anyway) ingredients. The Bog-Father is a great example of a good beer with a non-traditional ingredient. In this case, bogmyrtle replaces hops in this Belgian-style ale.
If you’re unfamiliar with Beau’s, the company prides itself on using only natural, locally-grown ingredients. In the case of the bogmyrtle used in The Bog-Father and Bog-Water, Beau’s harvests local wild bogmyrtle from the Algonquin area. It makes for a unique gruit-style ale.
Check out our thoughts (from January; yes, I’m late again in posting videos) on The Bog-Father.