Friday, May 26, 2017

MBR May 26, 2017 - New Brunswick/PEI Edition

As we enter the summer season local brewers are not disappointing with a lot of new beer and news. 

Moth Lane Brewing has a new beer that they describe as "tart, floral, sour beer with a lingering candy-berry essence and a bit of funk". It was brewed with cranberries and hibiscus and lightly dry-hopped and comes in around 4.75% ABV. The name is pending and it is limited in quantity. 

PEI Brewing is debuting the After Hours series of seasonal beers with a tap takeover at bar 1911 on June 2nd from 4 PM to 9 PM. There will be music from Bridgette Blanchard, Nudie, and Alex Madsen of the Divorcees, plus a Q&A with the PEIBC Brewers.
The After Hours Series allows the PEIBC brewers to experiment with unique recipes and new brewing styles. The beers will be available on tap at the PEI Brewing Company taproom, select bars and restaurants in the Maritimes and through the growler programs at your local liquor stores.

Upstreet Craft Brewing is going to be taken over by North Brewing and Battery Park Beer Bar on Friday , June 2nd when they welcome the head chef of Battery Park and North Brewing's brewmaster to the Island for a special one-night-only dinner menu and 10 guest beer taps. Taps will be flowing from noon on, and the food will be available during regular dinner hours, but it will only be available while supplies last, so plan to get here early.

Beckwith Road Brewing told me they will be on hiatus for the next six to nine months to allow for some regrouping. Best of luck to them and hope to see them in 2018. 

Big Tide Brewing has a brand new, dry hopped and extra juicy batch of Tidal Wave  Double IPA on tap this week that is 7.8% ABV. Get it while it lasts. 

Long Bay Brewery put on their first batch on Friday and it's fermenting away. They added the equipment worked perfectly and the hops smelled incredible. Watch for beer announcements next month. 

Loyalist City Brewing released the next edition of their Hop Series. Hop Series El Dorado is brewed with 100% El Dorado hops and has an intense tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango, watermelon and stone fruit. LCB revised their base recipe to give the finished beer a softer mouthfeel and a slight sweetness on the finish to accentuate the tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A restrained bitterness allows the unique flavor profiles of the El Dorado hops to come through and for this beer to be truly sessionable. 

Shiretown Beer has a seasonal beer out. La Vie Continue Summer Wheat Ale is out now and can be identified by a yellow cap on the bottle. The ale is a summery 4.5% ABV perfect fot those patio days. 

Trailway Brewing released a new batch of their DIPA Hop Stains today at 4 PM. They do say there is  a slightly altered hop schedule and the freshest hops available. The brewer describes it as "very juicy with a candy-like character coming from the El Dorado forward hop blend". The cans are limited at only about 40 cases the tasting room in Fredericton while supplies last. This was brewed especially for TrailWay's first anniversary of being open on Main street this week end and add they likely wont brew this beer again for a little while.

Oktoberfest des Acadiens, hosted by the village of Bertrand, New Brunswick, is celebrating its eight edition this year. This weekend celebration is a family-friendly festival where people have the opportunity to discover Bavarian traditions in a welcoming and festive atmosphere. The festival features Bavarian music, a children's play area, tasting sessions where local products and more than 100 beer products are displayed, from micro-breweries to imported beers, and concerts in the evenings. 
In 2015, Canadian Geographic magazine named them in its « 10 Best Oktoberfest in Canada » list. This puts the Acadien Oktoberfest in the same class as other renowned Oktoberfest celebrations like the Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Oktoberfest festivals. 
Mark your calendars for the 2017 edition that will be held from August 31st to September 3rd. 

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

MBR May 26, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Hope everyone had a great week. Here is the beer news from this week for Nova Scotia. 

Good Robot Brewing actually didn't get Dr. RUDI (first of the SMaSH series) out last week as reported. It' also named How Wude. The entire SMaSH series will be named after bizarre misfit comedians who made it big in the public's eye. How Wude is a reference to Bob Saget; it was his character's daughter's  tagline phrase on Full House, and also references his out-there, krass demeanor as a standup comedian, despite the fact that was on a very clean-cut TV show.
Their Dave & Morley Coffee Brown version 3 will be out in the next week. This time around it is made with Burundi Kayanza Gacokwe coffee (beans from Java Blend and cold-brewed by Low Point Coffee Co.). The coffee itself has notes of caramel, candy apple, peach and dark cocoa and is 5.25% ABV.

Breton Brewing released a couple of teasers this week on Instagram. They say to look for a new seasonal beer and a Beergarden coming soon.

Brightwood Brewery has Halifornia Commons California Common available. See them at the Alderney market to grab this 6% ABV beer. 

Firkinstein Brewing has a new IPA in their bright tanks. Tempus Fugit has Cascade, Citra, Pearl, Saaz and mosaic hops and is a hefty 8% ABV.

Garrison Brewing wants your extra rhubarb. They say will give you a free taster plus an in-store credit of $1 per pound for fresh, usable rhubarb (leaves removed), limit of 10 lbs per person. Last year they brewed It’s Rhubarb Saison! with the community sourced rhubarb.  

Hell Bay Brewing has a new Bourbon Barrel Brown. It weighs in 9.5% ABV with lots of bourbon and oak flavour and is currently only on tap at the brewery. 

Heritage Brewing received their licence to brew this week. Look for news on the first of many brews coming soon. 

Rare Bird Craft Beer has released a new IPA. The dry-hopped IPA has a big hit of New World hops on the nose. The taste is juicy with lots of upfront citrus and peach notes with light caramel notes. Rare Bird says "The finish is clean and dry, a refreshing and immensely drinkable East Coast take on the classic beer style". The 5.5% ABV and 60 IBU beer is out now at the brewery and select locations. 

Salty Dog Brewing are opening tomorrow in Truro. They will have Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Pale Ale, and Amber ale available for sampling. Drop by any time after 2 PM for growler fill-ups, apparel, glassware, and taster flights. They'll also be pouring pints street-side at the Block Party that evening as well. 

Boxing Rock Brewing released Grafted sour ale. The beer is infused with sweet orange peel and is the overall winner of Boxing Rock's 2017 Black Box Challenge, It was brewed with Black Box challenge winner Brian Harvey and is 5.5% ABV and 20 IBU. 

Chain Yard Cider and Unchained Kitchen are now open serving cider and food on Agricola. They also have cans and growlers to go.  

Propeller Brewing is the first brewery in the history of the East Coast Music Association to win one of the annual awards (in a Facebook auction).
Earlier this month, the band Like A Motorcycle declared that they would be “Pawning” their 2017 Rising Star Award and donating all proceeds to Phoenix Youth Services — an amazing Halifax-based non-profit that serves at-risk youth. In making their plea to “help a bunch of dirty punks turn this fancy metal into something that supports the future punk bands, artists, and creatives in Halifax” the band caught the attention of Propeller’s founder, John Allen.

Have a great week end, I will be at the Yarmouth Craft Beer Festival on Saturday and back here next week. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hammond River Brewing Announces First 4 Bottle Releases

(Rothesay, NB) - Hammond River Brewing have released details on their first four beers that will be bottled by them. Gammie California Steam Ale (a tribute to Shane's amazing Father that passed away in 2014), Hop Flash IPA, Red Coat IRA and Blood Orange Hefeweizen. 
HRB will be bottling in a 500 ml style bottle that is unique to this area and not being used by any other brewery in NB. Look for these on ANBL shelves across the Province and available for purchase at the brewery in a month or so.