River In­sti­tute blend­ing sci­ence and beer with Beau’s

Seaway News - - NEWS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – One thing most peo­ple don’t ex­pect to find in a bot­tle of beer is a les­son in na­ture and sci­ence.

But right down to the last drop is an an­cient fer­ment­ing process that blends the two sub­jects into a per­fect brew.

The St. Lawrence River In­sti­tute and the Corn­wall Pub­lic Li­brary are host­ing ‘ The Sci­ence, Na­ture and Art of Brew­ing Great Beer with Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ing Com­pany and Steve Beauchesne’ as a part of their on­go­ing speaker se­ries.

The event is hap­pen­ing on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 27, at the Corn­wall Pub­lic Li­brary at 7 p.m.

“We like to turn sci­ence on its head, I don’t think peo­ple think about sci­ence when they think about beer,” said Karen Dou­glass Cooper, River In­sti­tute com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer.

Cooper de­scribed Beau’s, a fam­ily-owned or­ganic brew­ery based out of Van­kleek Hill, ON, as a cham­pion for both the ecol­ogy and com­mu­nity.

Re­cently they be­came the first- ever Cana­dian brew­ery, and one of only three in the world, to be cer­ti­fied as a Ben­e­fit Cor­po­ra­tion or ‘B Corp.’ This des­ig­na­tion rec­og­nizes a for­profit en­tity that has achieved an ex­cep­tion­ally high level of so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance.

“We like to bal­ance equal parts of art and sci­ence when mak­ing our beers,” said Steve Beauchesne, of Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ing Com­pany.

Beau’s unique style of brew uses wa­ter from lo­cal ecosys­tems. Their bog wa­ter beer was in­spired by the Al­fred Bog, a lo­cal 10,000 year old peat bog that is home to many rare or en­dan­gered plants and an­i­mals.

“We want to get the mes­sage out that sci­ence is pretty prac­ti­cal,” said Cooper. “It’s not just a per­son in a white lab coat with a beaker and a mi­cro­scope. We want peo­ple to think twice about the things that they use and are do­ing.”

Call 613-936-6620 to re­serve your seat or e-mail kcooper@riverin­sti­tute.ca.

Sci­ence is mix­ing with beer at the up­com­ing River In­sti­tute speaker se­ries with Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ing Com­pany and Steve Beauchesne on Nov. 27. Pic­tured: Fa­ther and son, Steve (left) and Tim Beauchesne, own­ers of Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ing Com­pany.

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