Brewed with pilsner malt and a traditional lager yeast, this beer is hopped with Czech varieties Saaz and Premiant. Designed to be an everyday beer, the objective was to create a thirst-quenching lager with a nice balance between the malt, yeast and noble hop profile.
YAKIMA IPAalc: 6.5%
This beer is a celebration of the mighty West Coast hop, grown east of the Cascade mountains. Multiple varieties are used in this ale, at several different points in the brewing process. With emphasis on late hop & dry hop additions, we serve up juicy citrus flavours & aromas on a bed of pale malt.
INDIA SESSION ALEalc: 4.3%
The India Pale Ale is without a doubt the most popular craft beer style in the world. But sometimes we want all those hops, without so much alcohol. Sometimes the night is young, the conversation is great, and we want to have more than just one. The India Session Ale was born out of this unsatisfied thirst. This is our interpretation of the fledgling style – an unbridled level of hop-thusiasm, in a package that lets you get on with your day, or night.
OATMEAL STOUTalc: 5%
Medium bodied & malty, this stout will win you over. Your senses will be seduced by its dark chocolate aroma and coffee flavour. Its silky smooth texture is courtesy of the flaked oats. This beer goes great with your favourite comfort food.
We find it very hard to not dryhop every beer that leaves the brewery. IPA, ISA, Saison, Barleywine, Berliner Weisse, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Farmhouse – we dryhop them all! Dark beer styles tend to be dry hopped less often – but not this one. The Black IPA is a hybrid – a strong, dark and subtly roasty beer, that’s hopped like a Double IPA. A beer with both alcohol warmth and cold weather appeal, as well as juicy, thirst quenching hoppiness. Kind of a perfect fit for a Quebec autumn don’t you think…?
Love at first sip
Most people remember when they had their first craft or micro-brewed beer. The experience is often a small epiphany, accompanied by comments like: “What? – beer can taste like this!?”. Our conversion to the church-of-good-beer happened in Scotland, in the tiny hamlet of Glenisla. We were living in Scotland while serving our timber frame carpentry apprenticeships which would lead to us starting this, and every Thursday we’d go to the local pub for a pint with our co-workers. The beer was served at cellar temperature with a hand pump, or “beer engine”, and was almost flat. And it was AMAZING. It was malty, with fruity aromas and flavours, and it usually clocked in at a whopping 3.5 to 4 % alcohol. We had just been introduced to cask conditioned ale, also known as real ale in the UK.
Guys + stainless steel = happy
Inspired by the beer, we went to visit the relatively new brewery (along with several distilleries in the area), and were blown away. Our noses were assaulted with the thick sweet aroma of malted barley steeping in hot water, and the huge shiny stainless steel tanks mesmerized us. Wouldn’t it be cool to start a brewery someday…
Brewing on the backburner
Well, many years went by as we came back to Canada and started our timber frame construction business, and the brewery idea fell to the back-burner. Things were going well with the construction, but then, during the 2008 worldwide recession, our business had a very difficult downturn, as clients got nervous and either cancelled or delayed their building projects.
If you can’t build, might as well brew, right?
With nothing to build for several months, we finally had time to try our luck at home-brewing. We cobbled together a few pots, and began brewing beers based on the styles we enjoyed in the UK. The results were delicious. As we began sharing our beer with friends and family, the idea of someday opening a brewery was re-kindled. Four years, and a lot of hard work later, we finally opened our doors to the public on June 23rd, 2012. Fast forward to today, and we now have a diverse group of talented people working with us to brew, sell and distribute our beer across the province of Quebec. We hope Le Castor’s beers will excite your taste buds & inspire you to begin your own craft beer journey of discovery. Cheers!
LE CASTOR BREWING COMPANY
67 CHEMIN DES VINAIGRIERS, RIGAUD, QC, CANADA
Le Castor Brewing Company is a 100% organic brewery, certified by Ecocert Canada.
THE BREWERY IS CURRENTLY NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.