McAuslan Brewing Company - St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

McAuslan Brewing Company - St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

Beer Club featured in U.S. & International Variety Beer Club International Beer Club

Country:

Canada

Alcohol by Volume:

5.00%

McAuslan Brewing Company - St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.00%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Serving Temperature: 50-55° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug (clear or opaque)
We’re so jazzed to be offering you this beer, as it’s one of the world’s greats! At the World Beer Championship in 1994, St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout received the second highest rating of the over 200 beers in the competition and won one of only nine platinum medals awarded. That’s right—Platinum. This is a rare achievement indeed. Having won Platinum is pretty much the only way to make their 1996 follow up Gold seem slightly disappointing! This amazing stout has also been chosen by 10 European, American and English beer writers for inclusion in their list: “Top ten favorite beers in the world”. Brewed from 40% dark malts and roasted barley, this intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate in both aroma and flavor. The use of oatmeal contributes body and a long-lasting mocha-colored head to this well-hopped beer. Look for a touch of sweetness in the finish along with bitter hops and suggestions of espresso. A good beer to enjoy with desserts like chocolate cake or pudding.
The McAuslan Brewing Company was established in 1988 after a Secretary General of Dawson College in Quebec, Canada decided that a major career change was in order. Peter McAuslan had been brewing his own beer for more than 25 years, but didn’t seriously consider getting into commercial brewing until the early 80s. Driven by the belief that he could brew a better beer and that Quebec consumers would provide a loyal following for it, in August of 1987, he left his position in academic administration and dedicated himself to turning his vision into reality (and turn it into reality he has! He’s since served as the President of the Quebec Microbrewery Association, and as a director of the Brewers Association of Canada and the Association of Brewers in the U.S.) In August 1998 British brewmaster Alan Pugsley was hired to help set up the brewery and formulate their first beers (those readers who are members of our Domestic and International Beer of the Month Club will recall that Alan Pugsley also had a key role in founding the Wild Goose Brewing Company). The next year was spent consolidating funding, acquiring expertise and equipment, and gathering a team of people with the skills and temperament to make the venture a success. Along with Ellen Bounsall, a biologist who trained as a brewmaster (and also Peter McAuslan’s wife), the bunch set about the important task of establishing the brewery’s reputation for distinctive beers that have since been acknowledged by critics internationally as being among the world’s best. In January of 1989, along the banks of the Lachine Canal in Montreal’s St. Henri district, the McAuslan Brewing Company officially began operations. Located at 4850 St. Ambroise Street (hence the beer names below), it has established itself as Quebec’s foremost microbrewery. Today, Ellen is the company’s Master Brewer and Vice President of Production, while Peter McAuslan is President and CEO. Together, this dynamic husband and wife team have blended their skill sets to give us some truly fantastic beer. Ain’t marriage grand? For more information about the brewery, check out their website at www.mcauslan.com or call them at (514) 939-3060.
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