Friday, January 13, 2017

MBR January 13, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Hope Friday the 13th was good luck for you, here is this weeks report. 

PEI Brewing is bringing 8 Cord DIPA back. You may recall this beer was made when the rules were changed on PEI to allow brewing beer over 6.5% ABV. It is being released on Thursday, January 19 from 5 PM - 7 PM in The Taproom. There will be sampling along with music from Jocelyn Fraser and Bruce Rooney.
This Double IPA features citrus, pine, and floral aromas with just enough bready malt flavour to carry the strong, smooth bitterness. Why 8 Cord? To make it through a PEI winter, you need at least 8 cord of wood and at 8.5%, it's the perfect beer to get you through the coldest months of the year.

Bogtrotter has another new beer. Drunken Newt Red Rye Ale, 5% ABV,  is now available at Oromocto and York St ANBL stores and is also in the rotation at 540 kitchen.

Flying Boats Brewing brewed Station Master Stout this week. They say this beer is all about mouth feel and flavours of slight chocolate, coffee and roastiness. The beer should come in at 5.2% ABV. More details soon. 

Graystone Brewing released The North Pilsner. It is a Czech Pilsner coming in at 5.3% ABV and 40 IBUs. They say it is a crisp and clean pilsner with bitter finish, on tap now. 

Loyalist City Brewing has kegged a new pale ale. Three Sisters Pale Ale is a hoppy and refreshing American style pale ale that features an assertive mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavor and aroma from massive whirlpool additions of three of our favorite American hops: Centennial, Citra, and Mosaic hops. A blend of two base malts helps create a subtle malt complexity to complement the hops. The beer is fermented clean and cool with a California ale yeast strain to allow the two dry hop additions of Mosaic hops to leave the beer with a strong and unique tropical fruit nose. Named after the Three Sisters Lamp erected in 1842 at the end of Prince William Street to welcome visitors to the Saint John Harbour by guiding them safely into port. Look for it now. 

Maybee Brewing announced starting next week you will be able to get Forage Rye IPA in cans at all ANBL stores in NB. Make sure to ask for it. 

Trail Way Brewing has a new fresh IPA on tap, Ellipse, brewed with Amarillo, Citra and Chinook. An orange juice, full-bodied, hazy, fresh IPA. This one is not getting canned and actually is making its way around the province for the ANBL growler program next week. 
They also have a new Imperial Milk Stout (contains lactose) called Mo-Joe. Mo-Joe is 6.3% ABV and very chocolate-forward in flavour that balances the coffee flavour very well. This coffee stout utilizes their very own Trailway blend of coffee beans, roasted by the local Whitney Coffee Company. This blend was designed to be particularly fruity and full of character. 
One last colorful beer to be released this week. Cerasus was kettle-soured with lactobacillus and then left to referment on a huge amount of cherries. Available tomorrow January 14th. 

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

MBR January 13, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


 Hope all is well on this Friday the 13th, here is the news for this week.


Good Robot Brewing says today marks the return of Burban Legend APA v3.0, This version is dry-hopped with Citra and uses a California Ale yeast. The beer gives a Piney, Floral and Fruity aroma with a toasty, resiny, citrus and earthy flavour. The beer weighs in 5.9% ABV and 42 IBUs. 
Staff members, Kelly and Erica, brewed a BetaBrew for release this Sunday at the taproom only. Scottish Spice Ginger Ale, an ode to their pre-teen redheaded female inspiration (Ginger spice of Spice Girls) and ancestral heritage, as well as the yeast used (Scottish ale).  They also used some locally-harvested sumac post-fermentation for a little lemony zing. 
GRBCo is also hosting its popular Silent Reading on Tuesday and hosting In the Dead of Winter Festival from Wednesday to Friday where prominent musicians couple up for song circles at the taproom. They are ticketed events with details here

Garrison Brewing launched Wintervention Imperial Chocolate Stout today. Garrison says "It's that time of year again… 20˚ below, dark at 4 o'clock &  the holidays are over. Time for  a Wintervention! Fight back with this biggest of stouts brewed to Imperial strength & conditioned a month on cocoa nibs". The stout clocks in at 10.5% ABV and 60 IBUs. Available exclusively in the brewery and private stores beginning today with a  650ml bottle retailing for $8.95. 

Breton Brewing is releasing Crazy Angus Double IPA next Friday, January 20th.The DIPA will be 7.4% ABV and 85 IBU's and is based on the Black Angus malt backbone and has a different schedule of hops while keeping the citrusy hop profile that people have come to love about the Black Angus IPA. 

Brightwood Brewery released Portland St. Porter last week end at the Alderney Farmers Market. It is a 5.3% ABV and 31 IBU beer. Drop down and see them this week end.

Gahan House Halifax is having a home brew competition. To enter email kyle.jeppesen@murphyrestaurants.ca who will confirm your registration.  You will then produce a Trappist Single and submit 4 bottles to Gahan by March 10th, Brewers have free range in the beer but the judging will be in reference to the BJCP guidelines for the style. 

This is Propeller Brewing’s 20th anniversary and with that they will put the Gottingen Street brewery tours and tap room tastings on hold for the next 8-10 weeks while the facility undergoes renovations. Grower fills and retail sales will still be available in the front room throughout the construction.
They also say beyond renovations to the bricks and mortar, Propeller’s 20th Anniversary year will be marked by a series of extra-special anniversary-worthy One-Hit-Wonder brews, a (slight) branding refresh, a line of limited-edition anniversary merchandise plus a party or two to celebrate 20 years of survival as an upstart local in a tough multi-national industry.

Sober Island Brewing is releasing a new Winter Rye shortly that will come in at 6.8% ABV with a rusty red colour. They say "This beer is full bodied, smooth and heavy on the malt. With a high Rye content it finishes off with a nice warm Rye bread spice character. Dangerously drinkable".
They also have a new British IPA out that has a complex malt character that compliments four different hop varieties to create a balanced 6.2% and 42 IBU brew. 

Spindrift Brewing has a new Imperial Pils out. A blend of Canadian and German Pilsner malts make this is a deceivingly light looking lager packing a punch of 8.0% ABV and 70 IBU. Aromatics of melon, citrus and passion fruit are led by generous amounts of Hallertau Blanc, El Dorado and Citra hops. This is a draught only release. 

This week Bier Markt starting advertising for staff in Halifax. If you are unaware of them, they are part of Cara and assert themselves as a European style brasserie with 150 beers from 30 countries. Also say all staff are Prud'homme Beer Certified so you should be able to get beer questions answered easily. This will be the third one outside of Ontario joining Montreal and St. John's. No details on the Halifax operation yet but I expect to see a large selection of Canadian and European beers on tap and a deep bottle selection. I also hope to see a lot of local independent craft producers of seasonal rotating taps. 

Yarmouth's First Craft Beer Festival will go on May 27th ant the Grand Hotel. Details a re a little thin right now but they say the festival will feature a variety of finely made craft beers and ciders, as well as delicious food, and live music. ​There is a website and tickets are now on sale. 
How it will work is upon entry you will receive a commemorative tasting glass and 5 sampling tickets. Sampling tickets can be redeemed for beer and food samples. Additional sampling tickets can be purchased for $2 each, either during the event or when you buy your tickets online.
Nice to see a festival coming to that end of the province. Watch for updates.

Have a great week end and if you are in Halifax Stillwell is hosting Mikkeller Fest Part II tomorrow but whatever you do, enjoy responsibly. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Propeller Brewing Plans 20th Anniversary Festivities Throughout 2017


Propeller Brewing, Nova Scotia's third oldest independent craft brewer, released a press releasing highlighting its plans for their 20th year of business. 


Propeller Brewing Company is making BIG plans to mark 2017 as its 20th year of brewing, packaging, selling, and celebrating craft beer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
While many details remain in the development phase at this point, the Propeller team is intent on “celebrating its healthy, long-term survival” all year long. When asked to put 20 years of brewing into perspective, Propeller founder and owner, John Allen says, “Tomorrow is never a guarantee in any business — let alone craft beer. You have to keep your head down and do the job. You commit to showing up every day and making beer you’re confident is of the highest quality. That’s been our approach from day one, and beer enthusiasts of Halifax have rewarded us with their loyalty every single day since we opened.”
“We always believed that Halifax would support us if we put in the time and energy, without cutting corners, to make high-quality, consistent craft beer. Styles and tastes can change from year-to-year but quality and consistency never go out of style.”
The first major change in Propeller’s 20th anniversary year will emerge this week as the Gottingen Street brewery will put a hold on tours and tap room tastings for the next 8-10 weeks while the facility undergoes renovations.
Grower fills and retail sales will still be available in the front room throughout the construction but no new private bookings will be available until the new tap room is opened in April.
Beyond renovations to the bricks and mortar, Propeller’s 20th Anniversary year will be marked by a series of extra-special anniversary-worthy One-Hit-Wonder brews, a (slight) branding refresh, a line of limited-edition anniversary merchandise plus a party or two to celebrate 20 years of survival as upstart locals in a tough multi-national industry.
We look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary year with you throughout 2017!