Monday, February 13, 2017

Horton Ridge is opening a Brewery

(Hortonville, Nova Scotia) - Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Company announced they are planning to open a small brewery at their malt house on Ridge Road. 
Owner Alan Stewart says there are two main reasons behind opening a brewery. He says "We have a gorgeous building located in a prime location, hence we will attract a lot of visitors.  Most folks are not familiar with malt, so a retail experience centered on malt alone will require a lot of explanation as to what malt is.  Folks know beer, so a retail experience with beer is more interesting, and will make the malt explanation that much easier.  Our main goal is to educate visitors on the important role that malt plays in beer production, and on the potential of the agricultural aspect of malt production." 
Mr. Stewart says the other reason is "We should be the first to know how our malt behaves in the mash tun, to provide useful info to our brewery customers. We also want to build beers around our malts with malt-forward offerings".
The plans are to only sell their beer from their facility not selling kegs offsite and competing with their malt customers. In addition to their own beer on tap they will showcase guest beer made from their malt. Mr. Stewart is no stranger to the farmers market and may use it as a wintertime venue for them to sell growlers.  Their brewer is a local home brewer who has been working with their malts from the very beginning of their malting days. 
At the moment they have plans to install a 1 BBL system, hoping that this will be large enough given that they will be only selling their beers onsite and to be in operation by July 1st 2017.

Fredericton Craft Beer Fest has a lot to offer

Fredericton Craft Beer Fest turns 5 this year and has established itself as the premier independent craft beer show in the region. It has expanded from a evening only Saturday night event to five days of events with the beer event being the crown jewel running in the afternoon and evening.
The complete schedule is below and if you are in the area there is lots to check out for the beer lover. 

March 8th, 2017
Rock-Paper-Scissors-Beer Tournament: Time 7PM-9PM, Location King Street Ale House, Cost $5 winner take all, pay-as-you-go drinks, NB Craft Beer Happy Hour.
It’s going to be Offal! Again! : 7-10PM,  Location The Maverick Room, Cost $89 +, five course meal & 5-12oz NB Craft Beers.

March 9th, 2017
Nova Scotia Tap Take Over5-10PM, Location King Street Ale House, Cost $25, 10-5oz samples and glass to take home, pay-as-you-go beers and food after.

Atlantic Canada Beer Blog Trivia7-9PM, Location King Street Ale House, Cost Free, Pay-as-you-go food and drinks.

March 10th, 2017
A day of Beer education9-5PM, Crowne Plaza Fredericton, Cost $40 ( $30 if attending FCBF17), day of classes and lunch is provided.

March 11th, 2017
Fredericton Craft Beer Festival Main Events: Time 12:30-4PM VIP, 1:30-4PM Regular, 6-9:30PM VIP, 7-9:30PM Regular, Location Fredericton Convention Centre, cost $55-$65.

March 12th, 2017
Down the Keg 3KM Run: Time 11:30, Location King Street Ale House, cost $5, Complimentary beverages, Pay-as-you-go food and drinks, NB Craft Beer Happy Hour.

Friday, February 10, 2017

MBR February 10, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition

Welcome to the February 10th edition of the report. 

Acadie-Broue released two new beers this week at Bar le Coude on the l'Universit√© de Moncton campus. They released Tricole a Belgian Tripel and Kazakh a Russian Imperial Stout. Every one including the general public are welcome at the bar. 

Bagtown Brewing released details on its upcoming first beer. Wobbly Duck is a medium bodied English Pale Ale with a low carbonation. It is golden in colour with a moderate hop aroma and a mild bitterness. You will be able to taste a mix of fruity, earthy and malty flavours with a smooth finish. Watch for this one coming out real soon. 

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault have released the details their new dubbel. Colonel John Baker is 6.8% ABV and available at the brewery now. Named after John Baker who the towns of  Lac Baker  and Baker-Brook, just west of Edmundston, are named after. Baker owned successful sawmills and gristmills who was a well-known pro-American activist in New Brunswick and Maine during the 19th century. Referred to as "Colonel" John Baker, a rank given him by a Maine militia, he was dissatisfied with the official Maine border, and in 1827 declared his village to be capital of the "American Republic of Madawaska". 

Grimross Brewing introduced their new Scratch series of beers. Any new recipes or one offs they will be doing in the future will be released as a Scratch beer. Scratch #1 : German Lager is now available on tap at the Brewtique and Taproom. Grimross says "This beautiful straw coloured Lager checks in at 4.7% with a slightly grainy and honey aroma with a crisp dry finish". 

Hammond River Brewing held its 3rd Annual Hammond River Brewing Home Brew Competition over the week end. The styles this year were Imperial IPA, English Porter, and Sweet/Milk Stout with home brewers being able to brew any or all of the styles. The judges spent the afternoon sampling all of the entries, and the results are in.
1st Place - Jullien Belliveau/Jean-Marc Landry from Dieppe for their Black River Sweet Stout.
2nd Place - Jullien Belliveau/Jean-Marc Landry from Dieppe for their The Golden Big DIPA.
3rd Place - Patrice Daigle from Dieppe for his Breakwater DIPA.
Jullien and Jean-Marc will be brewing with Shane real soon . 

Maybee Brewing is holding a tap takeover, at the Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub in Saint John on Thursday February 16th. You can sample the entire lineup and meet some of the Maybee Brew crew.

Picaroons Traditional Ales has brought back Afterglow just in time for VD. This HEARTy and Full-Bodied Ale, made with Chocolate, Chili Peppers, Ginseng, Liquorice Root, and LOVE, is now on tap at The Picaroons Roundhouse, and the The Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton. Next week a small amount will hit The Picaroons General Store and at The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse as well as a few other places around New Brunswick. It will be around for a limited time only - so make sure to grab some while you can. 

Thanks for checking out blog again this week, I am taking a little break and will be back on March 10th. See you then