With the holidays around the corner, this month CreativeMornings/Ottawa took on a different festive tone and decided to give your alarm clocks a break. Support Local month had just wrapped up, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with a talk from local craft beer legend Steve Beauchesne of Beau's All Natural Brewing Company.
For those of you who have tried Beau's, for the few that haven't, and the many that might be intimately familiar with Vankleek Hill's finest export, a familiar story emerges - this isn't just a regular brewery.
In their own words, Beau's is "Brewed with love at our Local, Family-Run, Award Winning, Organic & Totally DIY Brewery" but that's just the beginning. This is a brand that isn't scared of doing things differently and to no one's surprise is causing serious waves in the craft beer industry. Of course they've got a phenomenal product but it's also their honest perspective, community and environmental responsibility and design... yes, design that sets them apart and builds meaningful relationships with their customers and neighbours.
At this CreativeMornings, Steve Beauchesne will be sharing the role that design and creativity have played in shaping this brand and what lies in the DNA of their inspirational craft brewery.
Beau's began as a father-and-son team between Tim and Steve Beauchesne. After Tim's textile business began to feel the hardships of a changing economic landscape in Canada, the pair dreamed up a plan to bring Eastern Ontario a fantastic local, environmentally and socially conscious craft brewery with the available space and facilities they had. Steve quit working with the Ontario government in Toronto, moved back to Vankleek hill, and in 2006, Beau's All Natural Brewing Company was born. Since then, Steve has been a driving force seeing the company grow impressively and pick up a slew of awards (including design!) along the way. Some of the accolades include a Gold medal at Mondial de la Biere in Strasbourg, France, 3 Gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) and “Best Craft Beer in Ontario” (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007) at the Golden Tap Awards, as well as “Best Beer” and “Best Brewery” in the National Capital Region. In 2012 Beau’s was the recipient of two Ontario Craft Brewers Centre of Excellence awards, for Marketing Innovation and Sustainability Accomplishments
Not just a king of beer, you'll also catch him tearing it up with his band, and mentoring students, entrepreneurs and whoever else needs a helping hand in the community.
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! You can join us in numerous cities around the world. (creativemornings.com)
A big thank you to GAPC (gapc.com) for filming and editing and Magpie Jewellery (ww.magpiejewellery.com) for being our main sponsors. An EVEN bigger thanks to our spectacular venue sponsor, St.Brigid's Center for the Arts (saintbrigidscentre.com) and our two food sponsors, Art-Is-In Bakery (artisinbakery.com/) and Seed to Sausage (seedtosausage.ca) for the breathtaking spread that they put out.