Friday, December 27, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - December 27, 2013

Merry Christmas and welcome to the December 27th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

PEI Brewing Company announced the first release in its Chef Series. Dwayne's Dunkel Lager has a delicious aroma w/ hints of oak and vanilla that goes down smooth at 5.7% ABV. I only saw this on their facebook and I am not too sure what this is about, I have a request in for more information.

Acadie-Broue microbrasserie launched a new beer on December 22nd called Valdrague Weizen. This new beer is a Hefeweizen with notes of banana, bubble gum, spices of cloves and a hint of bread. It comes in at 5% ABV and is available at Laundromat Expresso Bar in Moncton.

Bad Apple Brewhouse announced it will be open on Dec 31st from 1-8pm and Jan 1st to 6th from 3pm to 8pm. Only American Pale Ale will be available. If you can't make these hours give them a call, they can be flexible on hours. The first batch of Black and Tackle Stout is happily fermenting away to be released at a later date.

Granite Brewery notes that Hoppingmad is available on cask for the first in Halifax at Stillwell Beer Bar tonight.

Hart & Thistle Gastropub & Brewery offered a new beer just before Christmas. Off the Hop IPA is on tap at 7.4% ABV

Thanks everyone for all the support for my first five months and I look forward to a great 2014. I have plans for lots on new projects and I will be giving away VIP tickets to the Fredericton Beer Fest very soon. Take care, have a great holiday and as always enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Beer Review - Garrison Brewing East Kent Golding One Hop IPA

The third in a series of "One-Hop" beers, the EKG comes in at 6.5% ABV . It is a light copper color that pours with a thin head. The aroma is a nice hoppy floral smell. It has a decent amount of carbonation with a medium body and nice mouth feel. he taste is floral and sweet with a nice hoppy dry finish. A very nice beer and a great way to try different hops. In limited release .

Friday, December 20, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - December 20, 2013

Welcome to the December 20th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Pump House Brewery announced this week that Muddy River Stout will be in some ANBL stores by the end of the week and in Nova Scotia after Christmas. 

Big Spruce Brewing are giving free growler fill with the purchase of a gift card of $50 or more. Now that is a good deal.

Boxing Rock released information on their limited release U-889 Russian Imperial Stout. "This Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with passion. We used over six hundred kilos of malt to brew it. We then boiled it for two hours to bring out the rich flavours demanded of the style and hopped it with just enough smooth bitterness to balance it’s richness. We then added some strong coffee from our friends at Just-Us!, and then we infused it with plump Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for over two weeks.
Tasting notes: rich malt, chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, coffee, vanilla. Initial bitterness followed by a long smooth finish. It’s like a dessert in a glass. Ideal serving temperature: 10°C - 12°C Lightly carbonated. 8.89% ABV 65 IBU."

Bridge Brewing Company released their holiday limited edition Glenora barrel aged Strong Dark Belgian on Wednesday. It comes in at 11% ABV. It is very limited so act fast.

Garrison Brewing Company has for a very limited time, Spruce Beer on tap for samples & Growler fills at our retail store. $12 for a Growler fill and $6 for a Growlito fill. 

For the past 10 months Garrison has aged their Grand Baltic Porter in Ironworks rum barrels and now it's available in their retail store for a limited time at $11.95 for a 500 ml bottle.

2014 Garrison Home Brew-Off has been anounced. From Garrison "Home brewers, start your kettles... Our 6th Annual Home Brew-Off is right around the corner!"

Once again they've partnered with The Noble Grape to showcase the talents of our local home brewers. Selected by BJCP Certified Judges, the Gold Medal winner will be invited to join brewmaster Daniel Girard in brewing a full-sized batch of their recipe for packaging and release as a limited edition seasonal beer. 

The 2014 style is 15A : Weizen - A spicey & fruity, refreshing German wheat ale! Submissions are due by February 20th and be sure to save-the-date for the Awards Gala on March 13th. $15 (includes HST) registration fee entitles each beer entry to a long-sleeved-shirt, two tickets to the gala and a Mixed-6 of Garrison beer! Additional shirts will be available for $15.00.

Thanks for joining me again this week. Enjoy responsibly and have a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Minute Top Ten Gift Guide for Beer Lovers

As we get down to the  the last few days before Christmas here is my top ten list of ideas for the beer lovers.

1 Glassware Garrison, Propeller, Bridge, Boxing Rock, Hell Bay, Uncle Leo's, Big Spruce, Sea Level, Rare Bird, Picaroons, Pumphouse, Shiretown and PEI Brewing all have branded glasses or steins. It is a simple but great way to drink you favorite beer. Their favorite brewery not nearby well Home Hardware has a set of 6 craft beer glasses so they have the correct glass for every brew they get.

2 Accessories Several of the breweries have bottle openers, fridge magnets, stickers, coasters, reusable bottle and growler totes and a recent trip to Garrison even had beer soap and beer label note pads. A trip to the brewery will reveal more than a few ideas.

3 Magazine Subscription There a few magazines that are great read on the latest news on beer and and general information. A couple of good ones are TAPS and The Pub Magazine 

4 Beer fest tickets There are several great beer festivals in our area and three are currently selling tickets right now for next spring, The Fredericton Beer Fest , Saint John Beer Fest  and The Great Canadian Beer Expo. They all make great stocking stuffers.

5 Beer books There are many books on the subject from home brewing, beers from around the world and beer cookbooks. A new cookbook that came out in November is Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook that has made many gift lists.

6 Home Brew Kit There are a couple of spots in Halifax area that sell home brew gear that will also ship. Noble Grape has several locations in NS and one in Fredericton has lots of expertise and Everwood Avenue Brew Shop just got a new one gallon starter kits.

7 Gift baskets and sets A few of the breweries are offering prepackaged items. Uncle Leo's has a beer tote with a 650 ml bottle of beer of your choice and and a beer glass for $15.00. Big Spruce, Propeller, Big Spruce and Boxing Rock all have nice prepared baskets for purchase. Picaroons has a gift set with a couple of bottles of Winter Warmer and a glass and Pumphouse has a special bottle of their premium pilsner.

8 Food Big Spruce has a lot of snack offerings available and Rare Bird has cheese. Many of the awesome brewpubs also offer gift cards, as we all know beer lovers are also food lovers.

9 Apparel What is more Canadian than a toque. even one of the Maritimes breweries, Hammond River Brewing, has them. In fact most breweries has t-shirts hats and other gear to show support for your favorite craft beer.

10 Beer!!! 
Merry Christmas 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Beer Review - Hell Bay Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

The is a seasonal from Hell Bay Brewing in Liverpool Nova Scotia, a scotch ale coming in at 8% ABV. It is a dark copper colour with a thin foamy head. Getting a malty aroma from this. The ale has a medium body and light carbonation. On the taste I definitely get smoke right away, it is a sweet nice beer with some smoke and a bit of a malty aftertaste. Very nice beer for this time of the year. Definitely like this beer, try to find it.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - December 13, 2013

Hello and welcome to the December 13, 2013 edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Big Spruce Brewing's 1st Annual Big Spruce Brewing Home Brew Challenge crowned a winner last Friday. The winner is Tim Gregory of Dartmouth with his Dirty Grain IPA. I look forward to trying it in January.

Boxing Rock Brewing ‏announced Wednesday that they now have U-889 Russian Imperial Stout available at the brewery store and will be at Halifax Seaport Market and Bishops Cellar this weekend. They tell us to think coffee and vanilla.

Garrison Brewing released its seasonal Spruce Beer today in Halifax in bottles and growlers

Hell Bay Brewing Company revealed that once again they are releasing our Black Fog Oatmeal Stout. Hell Bay tells us "This is a dark, rich beer with lots of roasted aroma and flavour with hints of chocolate and coffee along with a silky mouth feel. Available in growlers now and bottles next week." 'Tis the Season!

Paddys Irish Brewpub Kentville shared that "Frost Biter Winter Warmer now available on tap and growlers - Chestnut colour with notes of holiday chocolate and expresses a pleasant warming due to the slightly higher 6% Abv."

Rogues Roost released its Russian Imperial Stout yesterday. I comes in at  8.5% ABV and 55 IBUs. 

Saint John Beerfest is April 5 2014 7:00 PM- 09:30 PM  This event is being held at Market Square. Tickets are VIP - $70 and General Admission - $60.

That is all for this very light news week so until next time, enjoy responsibly

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Beer Review - Garrison Brewing Winter Warmer

This time around I check out Garrison Brewing's seasonal Winter Warmer that came out recently. It is a strong beer coming in at 7.0% and is flavored with cloves, cinnamon and demerara sugar. It is brown in color and pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. In the aroma is sweetness and and cloves. It the taste you get some spiciness in the beginning and to me the aftertaste is molasses. The Winter Warmer itself has a medium body and a light carbonation. It is a very nice drinking beer at any time and to me more sweet than the taste of cloves and cinnamon. Enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Beer Review - Boxing Rock Brewing Crafty Jack English Ale

Crafty Jack is a seasonal from Boxing Rock Brewery coming in at 4.2% ABV. It is very dark brown in color almost black and has a good amount of carbonation and a slight head. It has a very slight aroma , The taste is chocolate with slight carbonation. It is well balanced with a slight dryness. It is a pretty good beer from one of my favorite new breweries

Beer Review - Sea Level Brewing Crossing Muddy Waters Brown Ale

Another seasonal from Sea Level Brewing coming in at 5.5% ABV. The name is personal to the brewer which growing up on the opposite side of the Bay Of Fundy I can identify with it too. It is dark brown in color and appears to to have little carbonation. The aroma is of malts and I want to say molasses and a tiny bit of hops. The beer is between a light and a medium body with a light carbonation. The first taste you get chocolate and a smoky dark chocolate aftertaste with dryness on the sides of the tongue. Very interesting beer, get it while it is available.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - December 6, 2013

Hello and welcome to the December 6, 2013 edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Congratulations to Joe Goodine of Moncton NB for winning The New Brunswick Home-brew Challenge. The finalist were Marc Levesque (Busy Day Bitter), Kynan Hughson (Raging Grampa), Mark McGraw (The Bitter End), Jake Saunders (British Bulldog Bitter), Brian Steeves (Broadway Bitter) and Joe Goodine (OB Juan).

Picaroons' THE "12 BEERS OF CHRISTMAS" are coming back. Starting next Thursday, December 12 , at THE BREWTQUE in Downtown Fredericton, they will be releasing a different festive brew each day, for 12 days. They will announce the day's beers everyday at 12 NOON, and the beer will be ready for your Growlers starting at 3 PM. Sounds fun.

Pump House Brewery ‏have released on tap their seasonal Nor'Easter Beater Winter Warmer. Dark amber color, big malt presence, subtly spiced with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and 7% A.B.V. 

Shiretown Beer said their Siren T'ale will be in a ANBL store near you in the near future. 

Authentic Seacoast Brewing is spreading holiday cheer across Nova Scotia this month with free Rare Bird Craft Beer tastings in select NSLC stores, check their facebook page for times and locations. The Full Steam Stout has been making its way to private stores this week and the released their pumpkin seasonal will be available real soon. Exciting times in Guysborough.

Big Spruce Brewing's released a Home Brew Challenge Update "We received 17 sets of samples! Judging will be this Friday Dec 6th, with an announcement shortly thereafter to confirm the winner. Thanks to all that participated, and see you for the release of this exciting beer at the Craft Beer and Local Food Festival in Halifax on Jan 16th" 

Garrison is saying the Spruce Beer is bottled and will be out on December 13th in their retail store.

Hell Bay Brewing is now available at Harvest Wine & Spirits and Cristall Wine Merchants in Halifax, great news for us local fans.

Rogue's Roost 1st Brew Master Monday was held this week to a great crowd. It was a chance to sample all their beers, with an opportunity to talk and ask questions with their brewmaster. It didn't appear to be publicized too well but I hope i can let you know when the next one is. 

Cam from Schoolhouse Brewery reported enjoying a beer with master brewer Greg Nash from Rockbottom Brewpub at the soon to open Bad Apple Brewhouse near Berwick. I emailed the Jeff at Bad Apple for some information and will pass it along if I hear anything.

Sea Level Brewing announced its much loved HIGH STREET WEE HEAVY SCOTCH ALE is in the making. An ale with a complex malty body and a slight hint of smokiness in the finish.

Finally this week Yardarm Holdings who is negotiating opening a new brewery in Bayport has applied to also have a distillery at the site of the former Riverport and District Elementary School. It would be nice to see more movement in this project but for now I will keep watching it.

That is all for this week, send all your news tips to and until next time, enjoy responsibly and take care.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Beer Review - Rare Bird Pale Ale

This review is the offering from Authentic Seacoast Brewery, it is the Rare Bird Craft Beer Pale Ale. it is a strong beer at 7 % ABV. It is a little darker than I expected being copper in color I didn't see a lot in carbonation and it poured with a thin head. The aroma is hoppy and a slight sweet "fruity" smell. It has light carbonation and a medium body. It has a very slight dry aftertaste but for the most part I get an malty, toffee sweetness and there isn't that alcohol burn you get sometimes from high alcohol beers. It is a great drinking beer and a nice addition to the Maritime craft beer family.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Todd Tapped Out - Stillwell Beer Bar

I had been waiting for the new beer bar in town to open for sometime, especially after meeting the owners at an event earlier in the fall. A trip with friends to Stillwell Beer Bar on Barrington Street in Halifax happened during a Saturday afternoon. 

We arrived shortly after they opened at four o'clock and it was already starting to fill up. On entry you see a low key bar with tables, chairs, light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and of course the bar. As I explored a little further there was shelves in the corner with a bunch of vinyl records, a collection of "empties" and downstairs there are some old school video games and even some old city bus seats. I liked the decor, it made me feel at home.

The bar takes up the bulk of one of the walls and behind it is twelve taps of primarily Maritime craft beer with an odd wildcard thrown in. The wall containing the taps is used like a chalkboard with each tap labelled with all its information and wiped and the next one added. One thing Stillwell is arrange the taps number one to twelve with the beers going for light to dark.

The snack fare was varied and different from the usual pub grub, the dozen items varied widely and is changed often they tell me. I got the oysters and fries with "atari" sauce and both were absolutely delicious.

The staff and owners were very friendly and attentive and kept us satisfied. My first experience there was extremely positive and I will be back again soon.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - November 29, 2013.

Hello and welcome to the November 29th, the Canadian Craft Beer Day eve edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

The New Brunswick Home Brew Challenge Gala is in Fredericton on Sunday. Good Luck to the five finalists. I'll try to have the results next week.

Pump House Brewery ‏released its Premium Pilsner in a 750 ml swingtop bottle gift box today. The pilsner is brewed using just barley, hops, yeast and water. Cold aged and matured for more than six weeks, there are no adjuncts, or artificial carbonation - resulting in a 100% natural lager.  There will be only 2000 bottles so buy it early.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival tickets went on sale today. Some of the brewers involved from the maritimes are Big Tide Brewing Co., Boxing Rock Brewing Co, Garrison Brewing Co., Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Pump House Brewery and Shiretown Beer. Unfortunately the VIP tickets are sold out with a few Ladies Beer League VIP tickets left and lots of regular. The Pub magazine mentioned they will be giving a pair of VIP tickets away in January so watch for that.

Garrison Brewing is participating in Small Business Saturday on Saturday Swing by tomorrow, spend $10 on merchandise, & get a free sample on them.

Propeller Brewing Company announced today that Revolution Russian imperial Stout is now available at the Propeller Shop in 500ml bottles & Growlers. This is one of my favorite beers so definitely try one if you can find it.

Greg Nash tweeted that Rockbottom Brewpub has Wreckoning Russian Imperial stout that was brewed a few weeks back and a good portion of the batch was barrel aged in 12 yr Glen Breton barrels. It is available now while it lasts.

Rogue's Roost ‏announced that their Raspberry Wheat is back on tap joining their current line up of Razz, Cream, Red, IPA, Bitter and Porter. There is also a rumor going around that they are closing, this isn't true but their neighbor Second Cup is.

On a sad note, Sleeman Breweries Ltd announced the closure of its Dartmouth brewery after failing to find an interested buyer. The company said the brewery would close at the end of business yesterday putting the final 15 employees out of work.

Canadian Craft Beer Day is tomorrow, November 30th. It is a day for celebrating Canada's incredible and diverse craft breweries, brewpubs, brewers, and homebrewers from coast to coast. Get out and support it and let me know where you went.

That is all for this week, so until next time enjoy responsibly and take care.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beer Review - Propeller Brewing Pumpkin Ale

This ale is made with the world famous Howard Dill pumpkins. It has 5% ABV and is very light in color almost a straw. A good amount of carbonation but a slight head on it. I get mostly  spice in the aroma and maybe a hint of pumpkin. The body is light as is the carbonation. In tasting it I get a lot of the spice flavor but not much pumpkin. It is a litlle heavy on the spice for my liking. It isn't a bad beer and would probably compliment a pumpkin pie. It isn't too bad but not my favorite this year.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Beer Review - Sea Level Punkin' Grinner Ale

Most if not all the ingredients are grown in the Annapolis Valley for this 5 % ABV beer. The spice and pumpkin comes through right away and also a bit of sweetness in the aroma. The ale has a deep copper color and has a thin head. There is a nice pumpkin and spice taste but not overwhelming and a sweet toffee aftertaste and a slight dry finish. It is a top Nova Scotia pumpkin ale in my opinion.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - November 22, 2013

Hello and welcome to the November 22, 2013 edition of the Maritime Beer report.

We start in northern new Brunswick today. Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault announced they have 2 jobs available for brewers. Check out the postings on their facebook page if you are interested

Picaroons has released an Ember Ale, a smoked porter, available for a limited time only  and ONLY at the King Street Ale House. On the local front you can now get a large selection of Picaroons here in Halifax at Harvest Wines and Spirits as well as Cristall Wine Merchants now. Thanks for the tweet Krissy.

Pumphouse Brewery have released some details on its soon to be released Premium Pilsner. It is a new German style Pilsner, pale straw color, unfiltered, medium to low bitterness with Saaz hops and a 5.7% ABV. Look for this one in a special gift box soon.

Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company has successfully launched their Rare Bird Pale Ale into NSLC stores and at least one private store. Reports I am hearing are very positive. Watch for a review coming soon.

Big Spruce announced Left Breton Organic Conspiracy Imperial IPA. Deeply aromatic, and weighing in at 7.4% ABV and 81 IBU, this is an extremely limited release, single batch of original beer. Come get yours while supplies last. They are also pleased to announce that their competition is now an officially certified BJCP event. Should make it more fun for everyone involved. Beer needs to be dropped off at brewery by December 2nd or to Chris MacDonald in HRM.

Bridge Beer were at the Alderney Market in Dartmouth last week end. Good news for Dartmouth beer lovers to pick up some of their Belgian beers without crossing the bridge.

Meander River Farms reports that today they are doing a spruce harvest with Garrison Brewing Co. We know what is coming soon.

Paddys Irish Brewpub in the valley have a new seasonal brew on the way. The Frost Biter Winter Warmer 6% is on route to the fermenter and a growler or glass soon. Look for this one.

Schoolhouse Brewery is looking for a multi-talented individual to help establish and grow the Nano-Brewery in Falmouth Nova Scotia. Look for details on their facebook page or on 

Sea Level Brewing has released another seasonal beer, Crossing Muddy Waters Brown Ale. The Brown Ale comes in at 5.5% ABV and is available at the usual spots.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival 2014 tickets on sale next Friday. It should be awesome and they make a great Christmas gift.

If you missed the Ladies Beer League Cask Event last Sunday at the Stubborn Goat, check out the recap from Krista Spurr on the blog

There are a lot of new places opening and taps opening up so check some out this week end and tell where you went. I hope to check out a few this week end with some of the Avoiding Chores crew Until next week, enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ladies Beer League Cask Event - November 17, 2013

I could not make the cask event as I was unfortunately on a boat in the Caribbean ;) I did asked my friend Krista Spurr to cover this event for the Maritime Beer Report and I think she did a great job. Thanks Krista.


I’m a recent beer enthusiast, however, my formal beer knowledge consists of “I like it!” or “I don’t like it!” To improve this dire situation, I’ve been attending Ladies Beer League events in Halifax since the summer, made some friends with more learned beer drinkers, and I’ve learned one thing: supporting local craft beer is an awful lot of fun.

On an otherwise dreary Sunday afternoon, ladies and dudes took over the upper level at the Stubborn Goat, Halifax’s newest gastropub, to experience Cask Fest. And what great fun it was!

A terrific selection of craft brews, mostly from Nova Scotia, greeted us. Attendees were given handy passports-ballots. You check off each of the seven beers on offer as the afternoon wore on, and the eighth sample was obtained by presenting your completed passport to your favourite beer.
The Stubborn Goat has only been open for about a month, but it’s already a favourite. Warm lighting, a spacious interior full of cozy spaces, and a food menu that is divine. They have a terrific selection of beers, including plenty of local craft brew options, which made it an ideal setting for Cask Fest.

In the spirit making good choices, my friend and I made a strategic decision to drink lightest to darkest. As best as we could tell the lighter beers from the darker ones, with no cask beer knowledge to rely on:
1.     Propeller Brewing Dry-hopped IPA

2.     Bridge Brewing Belgian Apricot IPA

3.     Boxing  Rock Brewing English Brown Ale

4.     Hell Bay Brewing Dark Cream Ale

5.     Big Spruce Brewing Glenora-infused Cereal Killer Stout

6.     Picaroons Brewing Smoked Porter

7.     Garrison Brewing Winter Warmer

Even through it was the middle of a Sunday afternoon, the crowd was lively. The Stubborn Goat’s space was really ideal for moving around, grabbing a seat and chatting, or just leaning on the bar. Throughout the afternoon, the merriment was on the rise as the beer flowed. I learned a little bit and enjoyed a lot. Like the hint of apricot on the nose of Bridge Brewing’s Belgian Apricot IPA. The rich creaminess of Hell Bay’s Dark Cream Ale. The little bit of patience required to enjoy the hearty stout from Big Spruce, because warming up the glass brought out the Glenora whisky. Garrison’s Winter Warmer was a welcome strong beer companion for a chilly November afternoon. In short, there was a lot to love.
When the weather changes, I usually move from my white wine and summery beers to a steady routine of dark, heavy red wines, leaving beer off the schedule until the first sun of spring. I think a lot of this is because I simply don’t know much about more complex beers, which made Cask Fest an ideal experience for someone like me.

Later in the afternoon, it was time to choose my eighth sample and cast my vote. The preceding seven samples had fuelled plenty of spirited conversation at my table, but in the end, I went with the beer that left the biggest impression: Hell Bay Brewing’s Dark Cream Ale. It was a nice balance of flavours, hearty but not overwhelming, rich, but just enough.

For more information about the Ladies Beer League, check them out on Twitter or like their Facebook page find out about upcoming events. For more information about what I eat, drink, see and do, visit me at

Krista Spurr
Twitter: @krisp131 and @bitesizedtravel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beer Review - Gahan Island Red Premium Red Ale

From the island of red mud comes this red ale with a 5.3 % ABV and is copper, almost brown, in color. It pours with a decent head and has a sweet malty aroma. It has a medium body and a medium amount of carbonation. It is a little different than other reds I have had, it has a carmel sweet toffee taste with a short dry finish. It was quite a nice red even though I am not fond of reds but I did really enjoy this one. Look for it if you are looking for a decent beer.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - November 8, 2013

Hello and welcome to the November 8th, International Stout Day, edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Big Tide Brewpub in Saint John has the Tidal Wave Double IPA  on tap again coming in at around 9% ABV.

Big news for Hammond River Brewing, they just received it's Provincial Brewer's License so let the brewing begin.

Shiretown Brewing now has available at the brewery Choke Cherry Wheat, Five Rivers golden ale, Siren's T'ale and of course Blonde du Quai. The choke cherry is their base wheat recipe made with local choke cherries, woody with tannins up front with a nice clean finish. Siren's t'ale is their new, bitter sweet red ale slated for release in stores this coming December. Five Rivers is a golden ale full body with subtle hop sweetness. Go get 'em.

Grimross Brewing has a new beer in the fridge, the "Pugnacious Porter" coming in at 6.2% ABV. I don't have the details on it but I am sure it is another hit.

Pumphouse brewery released the Schwarzbier lager on tap yesterday, nice chocolate and coffee flavors  and a 7% ABV.

Two big items for Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company. First they were picking pumpkins on the weekend to make some Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company Rare Bird Pumpkin Ale and, drumroll please, they shipped their Rare Bird Pale Ale to the NSLC this week for a launch later this month. I can not wait, I had a great time visiting them last summer and they told me then it should be in NSLCs by Christmas and sure enough.

Garrison brewing have a couple of interesting items this week. Their Citra One Hop IPA is making her last appearance on their retail draught line and they have Black Raspberry on tap at the retail store. The Black Raspberry is 25% raspberry Wheat and 75% Martello stout. 

Boxing Rock Brewing have released their new seasonal, Crafty Jack, an English Brown Ale with a rich, roasty malt profile and classic English hop flavours. It is a smooth and easy drinking at 4.2% ABV. They hope to have some in bottles next week.

The Devour Craft Beer Film Festivalis at Paddys Brewpub in Wolfville from Nov 13 to Nov 17. It is 5 Days of Celebrating Craft Beer with 3 Great Beer Films . Tickets are $10 and includes finger food buffet, pint of craft beer, brewery tour and screening of three great beer movies. Check out the face book page for all the details.

Rogues Roost announced that their Porter is now on tap. Dark, smokey and a little peat with about 5.5% ABV.

Ladies Beer League has confirmed their Cask-Conditioned Ales for their event on November 17th:

- Hell Bay Brewing - Dark Cream Ale
- Propeller Brewing - Dry-hopped IPA
- Garrison Brewing - Winter Warmer
- Picaroons Brewing - Smoked Porter
- Big Spruce Brewing - Glenora-infused Stout
- Boxing Rock Brewing - English Brown Ale
- Bridge Brewing - Belgian Apricot IPA
With the evening sold out and the afternoon almost it is safe to say we will see another one. Watch here for a special report on the event by local blogger Krista Spurr.

Looking for something to do in Fredericton on Sunday, look into the Fredericton Poutine Festival. The evening Session is 19+ only with all you can sample poutine, non-alcoholic beverages, 4 - 4oz beer samples - Regular Ticket or 12 - 4oz beer samples - beer experience ticket. There will be at least 15 Craft Beer to choose from: PicaroonsPumphouse BreweryGrimross Brewing and McAuslan Brewery.

Lastly in honor of International Stout Day Mothers Pizza on Agricola in Haliax is making a Garrison Martello Stout beer dough. Drop in for lunch and try it out.

That is all for this week thanks for listening. I am off next week so join me in two weeks time for the next report, until then enjoy responsibly.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beer Review - Gahan India Pale Ale

This ale is a nice copper color and pours with a foamy two finger head. As you would expect with an IPA it has a nice hoppy aroma. It is a medium to light mouth feel with a medium amount of carbonation. It is a great tasting beer with a long lingering dry finish. Nothing complicated about this beer, just a real good IPA. One to try for sure if it is available in your area.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - November 1, 2013

Hello and welcome to the November 1st edition of the Maritime Beer Report

Celtic Knot Brewing in Riverview are brewing their next beer, a winter barley wine called "Toque and Mitts"., how Canadian. They hope to have it to market by December 1st and is described as dark and malty and comes in around 7.5% ABV.

Grimross had a great blog post talking about their first four months. They wondered if the small brewery was too big but quickly found out it was too small and struggled working full time jobs and the brewery 7 days a week to meet demand. They work hard to to keep beer on the shelf at the Grimross fridge at Picaroons Brewtique as well as now selling beer on tap at two bars in Fredericton and one in Moncton. They're next challenge is "to determine how we are going to increase production to keep up with demand". This story is one to follow, best of luck.

Picaroons Traditional Ales now has the anticipated Winter Warmer now on tap at their brewtique in Downtown Fredericton. Cheers

There is a  new microbrewery opening in Edmundston, Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault. They held two information meetings for the public over the last two weeks about the brewery and possibly investing in it. They will move into the old police station in the downtown core of Edmundston, aiming for a May 2014 opening.

The 1st Annual Big Spruce Home Brew Competition was launched last Friday It is open to all Nova Scotian home brewers with the grand prize of spending the day at Big Spruce Brewing creating a single full size batch of your winning brew on their 7 barrel system. Your brew will then be released at the Craft Beer and Local Food Celebration on January 16th, 2014. The style is an American IPA, which is 14B in the BJCP Style Guidelines. Get all the details on the Big Spruce facebook page today.

Bridge Brewing Company will no longer be attending the Historic Farmers' Market on Saturdays. They apologize for the inconvenience but also say they will be attending another market shortly. I'll pass along any details along as I get them.

Hell Bay Brewing Company has released its new seasonal the Wee Heavy. A strong Scotch ale, slightly sweet, rich and malty beer with caramel flavours and hints of smoke. 8% ABV. Sounds like another hit.

Paddy’s Irish Brewpub in Kentville released their newest seasonal beer on tap, S’Mashed Pumpkin Ale. It looks delicious.

Sleeman Breweries laid off 14 more employees this week bringing the workforce down to 9 from a high of 32. Sleeman's , owned by Sapporo Holdings, spokesperson Pierre Ferland says ".. this reduction is the best way to solidify the remaining jobs while we finalize an agreement with a perspective owner". Who is this mystery owner? Rumors abound it is Northhampton Brewing, owners of Picaroons. Mr Ferland will not comment on who it is and Sean Dunbar, Northhampton's prinipal, will not comment either. It is going to be interesting to see who takes this 27,000 hectolitre plant.

Don't forget the Ladies Beer League's Cask event is a little over two weeks away. Please support this event so we get more like it in the future.

That is all for this week, thanks for joining me. Just a note, next weeks show will be earlier than normal and there will be none on the 15th due to other commitments. Good night and enjoy responsibly.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beer Review- Gahan Iron Bridge Brown Ale

Gahan Iron Bridge Brown Ale (formerly Iron Horse) from PEI Brewing Company comes in at 5.3% ABV. It has a lovely brown color with a thin head. It has a slight malty aroma with hints of toffee, coffee and chocolate aroma, not huge on the nose. It has a light carbonation and medium mouth feel. The first taste you get is a toasted malt flavor and a coffee, chocolate and a slight dry finish. I like it and would get it often if it was in distribution in Nova Scotia. I have to give this one a big thumbs up. Until next time enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beer Review - Uncle Leo's Brewing Smoked Porter

The Smoked Porter is a seasonal offering from Uncle Leo's in Lyons Brook, NS. They told me that when they were brewing it it made the brewery smell like a campfire. It is extremely dark brown in color if not black with a nice brown foamy head. The aroma is definitely smoky and masks most everything else you may get from this porter. It has a nice smoky flavor start to finish with a medium body, good carbonation and a slightly dry finish. It is a great sipping beer especially with the days getting cooler with its 6.8% ABV. The smoky flavor is the dominant taste but it is not definitely a bad thing. I like it and definitely give this one a thumbs up. Until next time enjoy responsibly.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Maritime Beer Report - October 25, 2013

Hello and welcome to the October 25th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Railcar Brewing released they will be housed in the rear unit at 9172 Main Street in Florenceville-Bristol. They plan on having the tasting / bar area open as soon as possible. This space will be operational while they work on the actual brewery room itself. They will focus on carrying only craft beers in our tasting area as well as providing a relaxed atmosphere where you can drink and learn about craft beer. Construction will start around the end of November in the tasting area. Then in January we will begin to glass in the brewery area and install the equipment.

Picaroons Traditional ales announced they will release its Winter Warmer Strong Ale on November 1. This barley wine comes in at a 7.3% ABV and as they say it is on the sleigh.

Atlantic Canada Beer Blog reported that a new brewery is scheduled to open soon in New Brunswick. "Shane Steeves, a longtime home brewer, plans on opening his nanobrewery, named Hammond River Brewing, later this fall at his home in Saint John. he currently has four local establishments that will be serving his beers on tap. He intends to have an IPA, an American Pale Ale, a West Coast Style Red Ale, and an Extra Special Bitter. 

PEI Brewing Company is having 1st Annual Growler Challenge. It is an Oktoberfest event with free admission, live entertainment, sausages, barbecue, pretzels, beer and half-price tours. What is a growler challenge? You have to hold a full growler in a straight outstretched arm and whomever lasts the longest wins. 

The collaboration beer Big Spruce Brewing and Crannóg Ales brewed is an Imperial IPA and they call it Left Breton Organic Conspiracy. It comes in at 79 IBUs and about 8% ABV. Big Spruce will be heading to BC to repeat the process at Crannóg Ales brewery.

Boxing Rock Brewing's Grand opening event at the brewery between 12 - 6 tomorrow. Look for details in last weeks report.

Garrison Brewing had a double release yesterday. Winter Warmer & Martello Stout are now on the shelf in our retail store. The Stout is also on draught to fill your growler!

Hop Mess Monster Returns to Hart & Thistle. They are going to honor Greg Nash's 29th birthday with the annual Brewmasters Birthday Bash! There's going to be a crazy-ass burger, pork belly sliders, a keg of vintage Commissar RIS, lots of the uber-delicious Dank & Stormy DIPA, and last but not least, the return of Messy. Messy comes back home with 533 calculated IBU, 11.5% ABV and was pummelled with hops from mash to fermenter. It all happens on Saturday, October 26th.

Ladies Beer League confirmed Casks for CaskFest: Hell Bay Brewing Dark Ale, Picaroons Smoked Porter, Propeller Beer Dry-hopped IPA and Garrison Brewing Winter Warmer. Need I say more.

Bridge Brewing Company will be launching their fall seasonal tomorrow, Saturday. It is a delicious Belgian IPA with a 6.5% ABV. Remember Bridge has new extended winter hours for your convenience.

Sea Level Brewing now has the Punkin' Grinner Ale is on tap at the Port Pub and in 6 pack of cans at the brewery. Amber in colour with a unique balance of spicy and sweet with all local ingredients.

Now you are up to date. Remember trick or treating for beer is a real thing, so until next week enjoy responsibly.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Beer Review - Sea Level Brewing - Port in a Storm Porter

This Porter comes in at 5.5% ABV and is very dark brown in color. Aroma is a strong coffee and maybe a little licorice smell. It is very light in carbonation and a medium body beer, It is quite roasty with the coffee and chocolate dominating the taste with a dry finish. Nice beer from Sea Level. Enjoy responsibly.

Beer Review - Picaroons Harvest Ale

Harvest Ale is a seasonal ale from Picaroons. It is 5.5% ABV and copper in color with a white foamy head. The aroma is floral and some sweetness like a toffee. The ale is a bit cloudy with a medium body and medium carbonation. It is pretty well balanced with a slight dry aftertaste. What you expect in the taste from the aroma doesn't seem to come through with a fairly light taste and the slight dry finish I mentioned. It is available in the ANBL