Saturday, October 22, 2016

MBR October 21, 2016 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition

Welcome to the October 21st NB/PEI edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Upstreet Craft Brewing have added something new to their line up. One Way Series, where they get to explore new beer styles and recipes. The first release in this series is a Black IPA; a collision of chocolate and malty flavours that are common in porters with the citrus blast of an IPA. Resinous and roasty, this beer is unlike any that they've made so far. It weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs.

Hammond River Brewing has rebrewed its Two Rivers India Black Ale. It's 7% ABV and 77 IBUs and will be on tap at HRB local accounts soon. Up next is Vegas SMaSH IPA (Citra version).

Maybee Brewing has release a fresh beer. Forage Rye IPA is now available at Maybee's Beer Store. A bold rye IPA made with Atlantic Canadian Rye Malt that is 7% ABV and  70 IBUs. Limited release. 

Picaroons Traditional Ales has released yet another new beer They've just finished brewing their very first Oktoberfest Beer at The Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John using a lager yeast strain (Fermentis S-23 Saflager) from Berlin and is hopped with Mt Hood, Hallertau and Saaz. The 5% ABV beer is crisp and delicious and is on tap at The Picaroons General Store. While supplies last!
Other big news from Picaroons is their 506 Logger is now in cans. 506 Logger may be the first but more of Picaroons beers will follow. Look for them soon at All Alcool NB Liquor locations, The Picaroons Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, and The Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John.

Lots of news from Trail Way Brewing this week, first off they have brought back their black IPA, Black Hops 1. This American Dark Ale is brewed with big hop flavour and aroma finishing with a chocolate roast finish and is a warming 7% ABV and 70 IBUs. 
Trail Way officially made their expansion official. They are tripling their fermentation capacity with the delivery of 3-30 BBL fermenters and a 30 BBL bright tank. This capacity increase will open some doors for the Trail Way team.
Lastly Trail Way will be officially hosting Their first homebrew competition. Not surprisingly it will be an IPA competition. The entry fee is $20.00 with a deadline of January 20, 2017 and the prize being glory and a chance to brew the recipe on the 10 BBL system at Trail Way. All the details can be found on their Facebook page

NB Beer Tours now have three Christmas beer tours on the go in Fredericton. One on December 3rd in which Andrew 'Esty' Estabrooks, brewer and co-owner of Foghorn Brewing, will join the tour and serve up a pint of his beer at the end of the tour at the King Street Ale House. They also have two tours on December 17th with slightly different routes but both ending at King Street Ale House with a meet and greet with Rod from Bogtrotter Craft Brewery for a pint of beer.

 Thanks for checking out your local beer blog and enjoy responsibly. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

MBR October 21, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Welcome to the October 21st edition on the Maritime Beer Report. 

Propeller Brewing says since the Jays got eliminated they changed the name of the latest One Hit Wonder. Go Jays Go has been designated for assignment and Maybe Next Year has been added to their roster. They also say the Jays had an amazing year and maybe next year they can go all the way. Propeller is also busy brewing their latest winter seasonal today Coffee Porter. Will be in growlers and 650ml's as well as in NSLC soon. 

Garrison Brewing says tomorrow is City Harvest at the brewery. They will be welcoming Halifax Press who will be serving up hot, delicious grilled cheese. They of course will have their beer on tap, including the new New Ross Sucker Punch IPA. Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 65 IBUs, this American-style IPA is both wet and dry hopped resulting in a deep orange rind aroma and a refreshingly dry finish. They used both Cascade and Willamette hops from Ross Farm and added some Amarillo and Columbus leaves as well.  
Garrison also finalized the dates for their Home Brew Off. Beer entries are due February 12th and the gala will be held at the brewery on March 2nd at 7 PM. The $15 entrance fee includes a souvenir glass, free entry into the Gala, and a complimentary growlito and fill with the Garrison beer of your choice. Again the 2017 style is 17C. Wee Heavy, also known as “strong Scotch ale.” The term “wee heavy” means “small strong” and traces to the beer that made the term famous, Fowler’s Wee Heavy, a 12 Guinea Ale. Historically, the strongest beer from a Scottish ale parti-gyle. More information about the Home-Brew Off can be found  at 

Keiths released Hants County Hop On Harvest Ale and is available on tap at The Stubborn Goat, The Red Stag and Lower Deck while it lasts. It is an Oktoberfest/Marzen style with fresh (wet) local hops used within 24 hrs of harvest. 4 6 kg of wet Columbus, Centennial and Chinook were added primarily during the last 10 minutes of boil. Brewed in collaboration with Hill Top Hop Farms. This beer is a warm welcome to the Fall. It’s golden in color with a light tan head. The flavors and aromas are simple and create a flavor trifecta. Aromas lean towards biscuit, bready and earthy while the flavors play along the same lines but also include a light piney/cedar/ leafy note thanks to the wet hops. The beer has a smooth quick mouthfeel, a sharp but moderate bitterness at 35 BUs and a low to medium body. This beer leans on the maltier side and has a mellow warmth at 6% ABV which pairs very well with the cooler weather and watching the leaves fall off the tress.  

2 Crows Brewing were busy this week getting their brewhouse all hooked up this week. Won't be long until we see beer flowing there. 

Big Spruce Brewing released Big Grandma's Wild. This is first NS beer to be brewed with proprietary yeast that they spent over a year harvesting and developing from an Eastern Canadian Pin Cherry on the property. Described as deliciously belgian in flavour, it has some spicy malt notes (thanks Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co.) and coriander complexity that lingers on the palette. At 7.4% ABV and 24 IBUs, it's a Belgian Tripel in style. This beer is named to also give a big Cape Breton nod to a fantastic lady, Thelma MacLellan of St. Patrick's Channel who just turned 100 last month. Jeremy remembers her particularly for having attended their brewery launch party in April 2013 when she was 96. The bear hug she gave him nearly dropped him to the ground. 

Boxing Rock Brewing says is Sunken Ledge Porter will be back soon as well as a collaboration brown ale with Battery Park. Several other beers will be brewed soon including U-889 and a collaboration with Horton Ridge called Kilnus Interruptus. 

Breton Brewing is the recipient of the "Locally Yours" award from Excellence in Business Awards presented by Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce

Good Robot Brewing released a statement in regards to the recent complaint filed by our neighbour, the Centre for Islamic Development. 
First and most importantly, as a business and as people, we do not endorse the anti-Islamic remarks directed towards the Centre by some people who have heard of the complaint, and we are very disappointed that this tone has emerged. Our neighbours are caring, thoughtful and friendly citizens, with whom we will strive to continue an amicable relationship as neighbours.Second, we do not believe the accusations found within the complaint reflect upon us fairly as a company. We are a small business with a strong focus on enriching our community. We believe we have worked with representatives of the Centre to enforce policies that promote a respectful coexistence. We strive to conduct our business in a socially responsible manner, in full compliance with the conditions of our licensing and all other applicable legal requirements. We are currently arranging a private meeting to seek solutions that will work for both parties involved, and believe a harmonious solution to this issue will be reached.

I hope an amicable resolution can be reached by the parties when they meet on Sunday.

Hell Bay Brewing says bottles of Hell's Anvil are available at the brewery and a few private stores in Halifax.

Lazy Bear Brewing has released its newest brew, Braunbär. It is a medium bodied 5% ABV brown ale featuring local wild flower honey. It's fermented with local honey allowing for the aromatics from the honey to shine. It's complemented with rich roasted malty flavours.

North Brewing visited Benjamin Bridge on Wednesday and left with a few hundred litres of estate Pinot must and a barrel. They say to stay tuned for more details on this exciting collaboration. 

Roof Hound Brewing introduced the Little Pup 2.0. Les Barr says it is clearer, crisper and almost ready to go. 
On the heels of the sold out supper Roof Hound announced that they will be hosting a Festive Supper Club on Thursday, Decemeber 1st. There will be two seatings: one at 5 PM and one at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are now available at Roof Hound for $30+tax for three deliciously festive courses.

Bulwark Ciders has released its seasonal Winter cider. Look for the 7% ABV cider on shelves soon.

Thanks for checking out the blog, until next week enjoy responsibly. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

MBR October 14, 2016 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition

Here is the October 14th edition of the Maritime Beer Report for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Beckwith Road Brewing has introduced their 4th offering. It is the Upland American Brown Ale. The name is inspired by their family's love for adventures afield. Fall is always a special time on Beckwith Road. It weighs in at 6.1% ABV and 39 IBUs.

Graystone Brewing announced their first community brew titled United Hops, in support of United Way of Central New Brunswick. United Hops will be Graystone Brewing’s 4th brew being brought to life with the help of everyday beer lovers and hop growers. One Sunday afternoon a handful of helpful folks donated a portion of their NB grown hops to help create this Harvest IPA. Hops include Summit, Perle, El Dorado, Cascade, Idaho 7, and a small amount of mystery donations. This beer is earthy with notes of grapefruit, and pine with an ABV of 6% and IBU of 82.

Hammond River Brewing created a brand new Double IPA. It's a continuously hopped DIPA using all Simcoe hops with the final product hitting 9.2% ABV and 102 IBU. Earlier this week an Excavator went through the floor of Covered Bridge by HRBC (it's the bridge in the logo) so Shane named it "The Excavator". 

In celebration of the new and improved Canterbury Street in Uptown Saint John and all of the work the city, the contractors, and every labourer accomplished Picaroons Traditional Ales brewed the One For The Road Black IPA at the Picaroons General Store. Ringing in at 5.6% ABV this small batch Black IPA goes down easy and was brewed with an American Ale yeast. Chinook, Galaxy, and Cascade hops giving it a complex and aromatic hop punch, while being blanketed by a delicious dark roasted grain bill. There's only a limited amount available and it is on tap now excusively at the Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John. 

Tide and Boar Brewery tapped their next version of Sour Otis. This beer is brewed with Field Grapes (these grapes were picked from Otis's field and he does not know the variety) and Lemon Zest. They also have one keg of JEENYUS IPA left and a double IPA made with 100% Topaz that was kegged. Next Week they will have another Sour Otis ready. This one has local plums from Memramcook, and our Amarillo Citra and Summit Pale Ale.

During this week end 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, their event comprises of using apples from your own personal trees. They will be creating a special edition cider in honour of the Fredericton Region Museum with the profits going to this great organisation.
You 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, We'll sell it and donate the profits for you. 
Red Rover hopes to put these apples to good use, so they need a certain level of quality. Any apples you pick from your property must be from the trees, as opposed to the ground. Bruised, beaten, or otherwise unusable apples can’t be accepted, since they can’t be used. In addition, they are limiting this trade-event to a maximum of 8 bushels per person. All bushels can be dropped off at 880 Hanwell Rd. Unit 305.

Have a great week and I will be back next time.