Quebec’s top craft brewer Unibroue announces the launch of its most recent seasonal offering, Lune de Miel, a specialty brew arriving just in time for summer. The new beer will be gradually available as of mid-June in 12 oz four packs and Sommelier Selection variety packs at retailers across the United States, as well as on tap in selected bars and restaurants.
Available for a limited time only, Lune de Miel is a Belgian-style amber ale with a beige head heralding its lusciously warm honey nuances. “Honey is added during the bottle refermentation process, to blend harmoniously with the beer’s hoppy nose and spicy, herbaceous and floral flavours,” reveals Brewmaster Jerry Vietz. “Brewed with local Québec honey, Lune de Miel is a strong amber ale on lees that has an aging potential of three years.”
“Lune de Miel’s mellow notes make it a great match for various types of dishes,” says Sylvain Bouchard, Unibroue’s Beer Sommelier. “It partners brilliantly with chicken tournedos, honey mustard pork loin or mild German sausage. This divine nectar is perfect with honey-based desserts such as baklava, and with lightly scented, semi-firm washed rind cheeses, or with Cambozola or Gouda type cheeses.”
This carefully crafted beer was inspired by a tradition dating back almost 4,000 years. In Ancient Babylon, the father of the bride would provide his new son-in-law with an unlimited supply of mead during the first month of marriage, a period that came to be called the “honey month”. As Babylonians were using a lunar calendar, the honey month eventually became the “honey moon”. Lune de Miel got its name from this ancient tradition, as it is the French equivalent of the word “honeymoon”.
A brewing adventure which came to fruition in 1992 with the launch of Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue is the leading craft brewery in Québec and among the foremost craft breweries in North America. Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top quality products. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. Over the years, Unibroue has remained faithful to its origins even as it has grown to become an icon of the brewing world. It brews more than 15 beer brands and has won over 300 international medals since its inception. Unibroue is headquartered in Chambly, Canada, in the only brewing facility producing all of Unibroue’s beers. For more information about Unibroue, please visit www.unibroue.com