Beau’s Natural Brewing Company hosts a rollicking Oktoberfest for the whole family, delighting guests of all ages with myriad events and activities while raising funds for the Canadian Red Cross, Good Food Revolution, and the VKH Agricultural Society. A speaker series helmed by internationally acclaimed beer experts keeps hops scholars abreast of sudsy subjects, and the seven varieties of Beau's beer on tap and other craft brews from Ontario and Quebec keep bodies at proper beer-homeostasis levels. Noshers can nibble through the bevy of Bavarian-inspired comestibles forged by local restaurants, and family units can partake in Teutonic revelry at the kinderfest as they work through their fears of laughter with DooDoo the clown and paint pumpkins to look like slightly oversized basketballs.
Attitudes and Wine crafts red and white wines from fresh grape juices sourced from Spain, California, and Chile, rather than relying on concentrates. Hues of gold, burgundy, and translucent pear shine forth from the bottles of pinot gris, merlot, pinot noir, or riesling that line the walls. Many wines are also available in 5- or 10-litre bags, all the easier for planning juggling routines or boozy games of beanbags.
Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.
Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles. The Wine Garden's gourmets also brew craft beers and stock hot sauces with humourous names such as Blair's Chipotle Death Rain.