Friday, August 19, 2016

MBR Beer News for August 19, 2016 NB/PEI Edition


Here is all the beer news that matters for New Brunswick and PEI for August 19th 2016. 

You can now order cold brew coffee on tap at Upstreet Craft Brewing. They just installed a new nitro tap and have teamed up with Receiver Coffee to offer the new option. Upstreet's Block Party goes tomorrow from 12-8 at the brewery. There will be an inflatable rock climbing wall, virtual reality demos, super-sized beer garden great food, great beer, brewery tours, lawn games, pop-up barber shop, and community art project.

Bar Le Coude is having a launch of the first beer produced on the premises, from Acadie-Broue and brewmaster , Patrice Godin. It is on Thursday, September 8 from 5 PM to 7 PM to check out the new beers. 

Beckwith Road Brewing sold out their first offerings really fast. Look for Campfire Amber Ale will be available soon in the Moncton area. 

Another brewery has cropped in Fredericton. Bogtrotter Craft Brewery has all the licences to start selling right away. The brewery will start selling to tap accounts only much like Trail Way did and expand later on. Look for more details soon.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault is giving their bottles of La Kedgwick pilsner a makeover for a limited time as part of Alcool NB Liquor's "Protect our rivers" program. A portion of sales of this special label will go to New Brunswick Atlantic salmon conservation groups. In stores next week.

First City Brewery just did a batch of strawberry rhubarb blonde that is 6 % ABV. They have a bunch of other beer on the go. 

Mama's Brew Pub has a new Blueberry Wheat at the brewpub now. It has 80 pounds of blueberries added in secondary ffermentation. A nice refreshing summer beer.

A special message from Picaroons "Folks, we need to tell you something. We've had some 'trouble in the brewhouse' and are now left with a very limited quantity of: THE TRAGICALLY HOP'd Pale Ale. This beer, in all seriousness, is our own little tribute to the greatness that is The Tragically Hip and their final show this Saturday August 20th that is bringing so many people in this country together. This beer will exclusively be at the Fully Completely In The Square beer garden + at The Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, AND at the Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John, this Saturday August 20th. While Supplies Last. Let's all celebrate one of the greatest gifts this country has ever had - THE HIP! (The Beer deets: We've simply tRaGiCaLlY dry-hopped a 4.5% alc./vol. pale ale with silly amounts of Vic Secret, Galaxy, Summit, Sapphire, Topaz, and Warrior Hops.)"

Railcar Brewing have made six special kegs of beer to put on tap starting Friday for pints / growler fills until they are gone. It's no secret that the Tragically Hip is one of Mitch's favorite bands. Saturday they are streaming their last concert upstairs at A.C. Sharkey's Pub. Donations will be taken at the brewery Saturday all day for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and will be matched by Railcar. Here are the kegs that are Railcar's tribute to the Hip:
New Orleans Is Sinking Stout 7% ABV
Fifty Mission Cap IPA (50 IBU's) 5.5 % ABV
So Hard Done By IPA 6 % ABV
Three Pistols IPA (Dry hopped with 3 hops) 5.8% ABV
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car IPA 6.2 % ABV
Watermelon Wheat Kings 5% ABV

PEI Beer Festival is in two weeks on September 2nd and 3rd. It has grown quite a bit this year hosting over 100 beers from over 30 breweries. Tickets available now. 

That is it for this week, I am on vacation for a couple of weeks so look for new posts after Labour Day with the weekly reports starting again on September 9th. Enjoy the tail end of summer and make sure to enjoy responsibly.

MBR August 19, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition


Welcome to the August 19th Nova Scotia edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Big Spruce Brewing is have another Big Pig Roast on September 4th from Noon to 5:00 PM. They are filling the parking lot with a massive tent, live music, and 2 x 90 lb roasting pigs from Forever Green Organics Farm and they say everyone is invited. Cruisin' Cuisine Food Truck will be here to help them slow roast the pigs, and they'll also prepare a number of locally inspired sides to go with it.

After an explosion and a conversion from gas to electric in the brewhouse Downeast Beer Factory is set to brew this week end. Look for their beers to start flowing in early September.

Gahan House Halifax brewer Kyle Jeppesen has been incredibly busy since taking over the role in May. His current releases on tap are:

Maritime Brine - Gose 3.8% ABV
The Barberrian - Red Ale with Cherries 5% ABV
Summer House Beer - Dry Hopped Hefeweizen 4% ABV
Crosscurrent - APA with Simcoe and El Dorado 5.5% ABV

His releases coming out next week :

New batch of Crosscurrent APA - 5.5% ABV
Night Vision - American Porter 6.2% ABV

This week he brewed the unique historical style Sahti. Taproot Farms helped collect juniper branches in the valley. These were used in the mash to impart juniper character that is traditionally found in Sahti. This beer contains a large percentage of rye and will weigh in at 7% ABV when finished. More details soon.

Lastly if you are interested in keeping up to date on Gahan House beers Kyle has just created an instagram account jep_brews.

Garrison Brewing say Honey Lavender Ale is back. The summertime seasonal clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 16 IBU and is brewed with English lavender harvested from Meander River Farms and wildflower honey from G.G. Smeltzer & Son in Shubenacadie. The strong ale features flavours of malt and honey and aromas of apple pie, honey, and lavender with a subtle flowery finish. It has a sweet honey aftertaste with a light bitterness from the lavender. Available now at the brewery and private stores in 650 ml bottles.

The Auction House's next ‎Beer Academy‬ will be in session Wednesday, August 24th at 7:30 PM with George's Island Brewing hosting this round of beer and knowledge.

Hell Bay Brewing has brought back two of its old favorites. OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) returns to bottles and R.I.P. (A) at the brewery retail or on the deck.

North Brewing has a new beer out tomorrow that sounds gnarly dude. Lawrencetown Blonde, a collaboration with stoked surfers Dean Petty and Ian Jackson. Artwork Jill Jackson featuring Anchor Coffee.

Roof Hound Brewing has sold out of  Little Pup Pale Ale and now has Rooftop Rye-It. It is a  4.8% ABV and 30 IBU beer to wash down all that awesome looking food.

Propeller Brewing has released its latest One Hit Wonder simple called  1-hop. The unique flavour of this brew comes from a focus on the one-hop approach using Mandarina Bavaria. By letting the distinct essence come through from this single hop, the brew master lets the hopping do the talking. They describe it as a robust IPA with orange and citrus notes that burst on the palette making for a nice, yet bold taste experience. The 6.6% ABV 56 IBU beer is available at both brewery stores to give it a try.

Saltbox Brewery will be open on Saturday August 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM. They will have several styles for you as well as t-shirts and hats.

Unfiltered Brewing is taking the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to court over a fee that they consider an unconstitutional tax. The fee that is in question is the Retail Sales Mark-up Allocation that the NSLC levies on craft brewers. This fee, that is referred to as the remittance tax by craft breweries, is 50 cents for every liter they sell directly or gives away as a sample. In their filing, that was shared on twitter, they said they paid $24,000 in their first year of operation and says this fee is unconstitutional and equates to a tax that the corporation does not have the authority to levy and collect. The case is scheduled for September 6th at 11:00 AM at the Lower Water Street courts.

I was at the Ladies Beer League Preview Party with 2 Crows Brewing last night. It was a sold out affair with the owners serving about eight beers through the evening. I had a great time and the beers were a hit. I particularly enjoyed the Belgian Sour and Porter. They told me they are still running on schedule with their brewing gear arriving in about a month. 

That is it for this week, I am on vacation for a couple of weeks so look for new posts after Labour Day with the weekly reports starting again on September 9th. Enjoy the tail end of summer and make sure to enjoy responsibly.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Unfiltered Brewing Sues the NSLC


(Halifax, NS) - The embattled liquor agencies in the Maritimes have one more fight on their hands. Unfiltered Brewing in Halifax is taking the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) to court over a fee that Unfiltered considers an unconstitutional tax. 

The fee that is in question is the Retail Sales Mark-up Allocation that the NSLC levies on craft brewers. This fee, that is referred to as the remittance tax by craft breweries, is 50 cents for every liter they sell directly or gives away as a sample. This fee has been in the news over the last year and I spoke to it in a blog in April called How can Nova Scotia be more Craft Beer Friendly. The fee is 150% higher for breweries than wine or spirit producers and despite promises to harmonize the fee among industries it has never happened. The Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia (CBANS) holds that the money would be better suited being reinvested in equipment and jobs rather than being absorbed in to the NSLC's general revenue. 

In Unfiltered's filing, that was shared on twitter today, they said they paid $24,000 in their first year of operation and says this fee is unconstitutional and equates to a tax that the corporation does not have the authority to levy and collect. 

The case is scheduled for September 6th at 11:00 AM at the Lower Water Street courts.