Saturday, September 24, 2016

MBR September 23, 2016 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition

Welcome to the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition report for September 23, 2016.

Bore City Brewing has a brand new Imperial IPA. Tipsy Giant Imperial IPA is a 8.5% ABV and 75 IBU beer hopped with heavy amounts of Equinox, Galaxy and Topaz. Brewmaster Jamie Melanson says "it's dank, it's fruity, it's delicious". 

Celtic Knot Brewing says that the previously announced oyster stout will be available soon. Brewmaster Bruce Barton says he added local wild oysters to the brew. Also coming soon is a new brown rye IPA that Rob Black from AWOL Brewing and Celtic Knot collaborated on. Lastly Toque and Mitts barley wine will return this year. The delicious full bodied oaked barley wine should return sometime in December.

Picaroons Traditional Ales is brewing their third and final batch of Harvest Ale this week. It is made with 100% Wild Moose Mountain Hops. Picaroons says the hops smell delicious and are grown in our good old New Brunswick Holmesville soil. The first batches will start pouring next week.

Trail Way Brewing released a couple of new beers this week. Rype a 5% ABV American Pale Ale was brewed with Comet, Mosaic and Topaz hops and a subtle addition of rye malt that provides background spiciness and complexity and also pairs great with the Mosaic hops. On tap now at the brewery.
The other beer now available is Sour 1, it is a 4.7% ABV kettle-soured ale hopped with Citra and galaxy that provides some nice background fruitiness

On October 15th and 16th, Red Rover Craft Cider is hosting an event based on the art of scrumping. While traditionally, scrumping would involve “borrowing” apples from local orchards or other properties, our event comprises of using apples from your own personal trees. We will be creating a special edition cider in honour of the Fredericton Region Museum with the profits going to this great organisation.
Bring them 2 bushels of apples, and they’ll give you a 750 ml bottle of cider created from all the scrumped apples. If you want to donate the bottle, They'll sell it and donate the profits for you. Local apples, local cider, local cause.

That is all I have this week, have a great week and as always, enjoy responsibly. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

MBR September 23, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Welcome to the first report of fall and we are deep in harvest time here in the Maritimes.

Big Spruce Brewing has developed something really cool. They have developed their own proprietary yeast. For over a year they have tested and isolated a wild strain of  saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewers' yeast) from right on their organic farm. Look for the resultant beer soon and the full story on Big Spruce's facebook page.

Garrison Brewing has Hammerschlagen, an Oktoberfest-style brew that was exclusive for their event last weekend but some kegs have ended up at the brewery for everyone’s sampling and growler-filling pleasure. Garrison says "At 5.4% ABV and 14 IBUs this amber-coloured lager boasts delicious toffee and caramel flavours and an aroma of dark fruit. It is a great beer to enjoy with a variety of foods but is especially delicious paired with pub fare". 
Next Thursday, September 29th Garrison will be bringing back Double Jack Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewmaster Daniel carved up “Cinderella” pumpkins, then added Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice & Nutmeg to create this pumpkin ale. The fall brew has subtle aromas of pumpkin and baking spices with 8.0% ABV and 30 IBUs. 

Hell Bay Brewing has Black Flag IPA on tap. This black IPA is 6.1% ABV and 55 IBU and has a nice balance of hops to dark malts. The addition of Demerara sugar lends a bit of a rum flavour to bring out your inner pirate.

Lazy Bear Brewing created a pale ale with a late addition of the handpicked cascade hops (40 bines worth generously provided by Pat Hudgins in Aylesford, NS). The resulting beer has a slight citrus nose with aroma of green, fresh hops. On tap now. 

North Brewing says this Saturday Many Hands version 4.0 drops! The annual wet hopped collaboration brew with Boxing Rock Brewing this year not only features 100% local fresh hops but also locally malted barley from Horton Ridge Malt. Peter Burbridge says "This is a celebration of what Nova Scotia has to offer and speaks volumes about how far the local craft beer industry has come. Not only do we have micro breweries employing hundreds of people, we also have spin off agricultural and value added artisanal business adding more to the job market and the richness of Nova Scotian culture. So let's all toast Nova Scotia and the next four years of collaboration".

Schoolhouse Brewery has released this years first rendition of Big Red Schoolhouse. Made with fresh Wolfville hops the beer is 6.5% ABV and 80 IBUs. Look for this beer on the first Thursday in October at our new location at 40 Water Street in Windsor for that months sneak peek. 

Have a great week end and as always enjoy responsibly. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MBR September 16, 2016 - New Brunswick/ Prince Edward Island Edition

Welcome to the last MBR of summer 2016 for Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. 

The Gahan House has announced their 3rd Annual Home Brewer's Challenge. This year's style is Winter Warmer with registration open until September 30th and entries due on November 18th. The winner gets a cash prize, the chance to brew with Brew Master Trent Hayes and it will be on tap at Gahan. Check out the rest of the details:

PEI Brewing has released its seasonal beer Pumpkin Ale. It is now available in their Taproom and at PEI Liquor stores. It's a limited release so if pumpkin is your thing don't miss out.

Upstreet Craft Brewing are partnering with Chef Michael Smith on Fall Flavours event, Grilling and Chilling on September 25th. There will be transportation from Upstreet to the Inn at Bay Fortune.
Upstreet released its Gravedigger Imperial Pumpkin Ale (6.5% ABV) yesterday. Look for it now.

Big Tide Brewing brewed Indian Beach Pumpkin Ale with fresh pumpkins and hops from from Dunham's Run. They also made a Hemp Pale Ale and expect them to be ready over the next week, keep an eye on twitter, Facebook and Instagram for news.

Maybee Brewing made a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) Harvest Ale with fresh whole Columbus hops from Southan Farms and Maris Otter malt. They say it will land around 6% ABV and 60 IBUs. 

Moosehead Brewing announced they are going to build their new 10,000 sq ft small batch brewery on the waterfront next to the Coast Guard Site on Pugsley Wharf in uptown Saint John. 

Red Rover has come out with The Blues Cider. They used 120 pounds of rough crushed wild blueberries from Sackville and St Stephen and spiced with cardamom while aged on skins to give that beautiful vibrant color. Red Rover says "This cider is medium dry and cloudy and best served chilled". Get it while supplies last. 

Atlantic Craft Canada Craft Beer Fest is next Saturday September 24th with 25 craft brewers confirmed from Atlantic Canada and four local food vendors. There will be 70 different beer, cider and mead to try. You can also get up close and personal with the people who make them. But tickets here.

Bogtrotter Craft Beer Launch is also on September 24th at 12 PM at Alcool NB Liquor 380 York Street in Fredericton. Drop by and see the New Brunswick's newest brewer.

Fredericton Cider Festival 2016 is October 1st at Brewbakers Patio 546 King St. in Fredericton. The Festival will showcase local cider options as well as other ciders - about 25 different ciders in all will be available in 4 oz samples with a custom sampling glass. Tickets are on eventbrite

Christmas Brewery Tour will be happening December 17th and will offer four brewery stops to sample their beer and meet the people serving up some that great beer. Each stop includes 4 samples and a great time. 

- Grimross Brewing (11;30-12:30)
- Trailway Brewing (12:45-1:45)
- Mama's Brewpub (2:00-3:00)
- TBD Brewering (3:15-4:15)

King Street Ale House (4:30, Met Rod from Bogtrotter for a pint of beer )

Have a great week and enjoy responsibly.