Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Maritime Beer News from 2014

The year 2014 was an exciting year in the Maritime Craft Beer world. Steady growth was the name of the game with openings, expansions, a few awards and a couple of regulation changes. 

Brewery openings 

North Brewing marked their first Anniversary in January and was awarded the new business of the year at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Shortly after the announce a rebranding under the name North Brewing Company on February 13th. February also brought the expansion to allow for a 1200 litre brew day instead of 300. 

The shortest month also saw the opening of Hammond River Brewing with four beers listed with ANBL this taps in four local establishments and a bit of bad news with Hart & Thistle Gastropub & Brewery abruptly closing.

Hammond River Brewing went north in April and helped in the inaugural brew at Big Axe Brewery. Big Axe had a cream ale and IPA for their initial offerings.

Meander River Farm who grows hops and supplies Garrison with spruce boughs and lavender opened their brewery in May. It remained a work in progress throughout the year.

In June school lets out but for Schoolhouse Brewery they started delivering kegs of Principal Ale to the Library Pub in Wolfville and Spitfire Arms in Windsor. Also in June Tatamagouche Brewing Company opened with their first two brews are Hippie Dippie Pale Ale.

A little behind their original estimates, Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault officially opened for business in northern New Brunswick with their unique labels and stubbies during July.

PEI's Murphy Group moved into Halifax big time by opening Gahan House Harbourfront in the old Hart & Thistle space sporting 14 taps and the oyster bar in September. The following month the purchased Rogues Roost.

Railcar Brewing Company experienced a bit of a roller coaster in opening their doors on November 1st. They were most directly affected by Nb Liquors policy flip-flop over the summer (see below).

Picaroons Traditional Ales officially broke ground in December at the Roundhouse in Fredericton North marking the start of the construction of the new brewery. It was long overdue and will be a great new spot in Fredericton.

Lastly, Trail Way Brewing Company in Fredericton North opened late in December and got its beers into 540 Kitchen & Bar & the King Street Ale House. I am sure we will be hearing a lot from them in 2015. 

Government Policy changes 

In June ANBL board of directors meeting decided that to be able to obtain a Brewery Agency Store license which allows sales to the public for off site consumption until they have sold 100 Hl during 12 months through ANBL first. Needless to say this was a game changer for new brewers. Thankfully they changed course and this was dropped.

In October new rules to the liquor control act came into effect allows P.E.I. brew pubs and microbreweries to produce stronger beer for their customers. The Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission had limited brewing beer with no higher than 6.5 per cent alcohol content. But beer products from other provinces and countries with higher alcohol content could be sold. 

Although not policy an item that seems very popular in NB, ANBL added growlers to its product line with a mix of local and Canadian craft beer.

Home Brew-offs  

Garrison Brewing started with 76 entries in their Home Brew Off and narrowed it down to 13 semi-finalists and then further narrowed down to just 4 with Jason MacDougall winning toe 2014 crown.

The Gahan House crowned the winners of the first annual Home Brew Challenge. Ryan Palmer and Lee Nicholson won with their Cranberry White Ale.

Big Spruce Brewing crowned their homebrew champ, Eric Gautier won for his wheat beer called Bráthair Éric.

Tap Takeovers

We were blessed with many great tap takeovers in the region this year. Here in Halifax Bar Stillwell provided several. In January it was Big Spruce Brewing and Boxing Rock Brewing, in March Picaroons paid a visit from New Brunswick, Picaroons continues on to do on at Plan B in Moncton. Stillwell continued on hosting Garrison at an all cask takeover in June. Next to take over was Bad Apple Brewhouse in July just six months after opening its doors. Lastly in October they hosted a NB Nano tap takeover highlighting seven breweries from our neighbor to the north.

Big Spruce Brewing got to do another tap takeover. This time at Lion & Bright in Halifax on Earth Day, April 22nd, In support of the Ecology Action Centre.

One of Canada's most respected breweries, Le Trou du diable, took over the Tide and Boar Gastropub on May 29th. 

Finally in December Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault takeover the taps at the Resto-Bar Le Deck. They will have their four current offerings plus four "One Hit Wonders". 


The Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAs) took place in Fredericton in May. This years CBAs had more than 900 beer entries from nearly 140 Canadian breweries, up from 760 entries in 2013.

Breweries from all three Maritime provinces took home four medals. The highlights were:

  • Boxing Rock Brewing Co won bronze in the Imperial India Pale Ale category for their Vicar’s Cross Double IPA
  • Picaroons Brewing Co. won bronze in North American Style Blonde/Golden Ale category for their Blonde Ale.
  • PEI Brewing Co. won a bronze in Wheat Beer – North American Style category for their Sir John A Honey Wheat Ale.
  • Rockbottom Brewpub won gold in the Imperial Stout category for their Wreckoning Russian Imperial Stout.

The tops in show were Sasquatch Stout by Old Yale Brewing with Beer of the Year and Great Lakes Brewery repeating as Brewery of the Year.

The inaugural Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards were held in October They judged 168 beer entries in 15 categories from 27 Breweries & Brewpubs. Boxing Rock Brewery took the tops in medals with two gold and two silver followed closely by Bad Apple Brewhouse with two gold, one silver and two bronze. Beer of the Year was a tough choice for the judges but it went to Pumphouse Brewery's Barley Wine. Lastly there was the Stillwell's Peoples Choice Award that went to Big Spruce Brewing's Cereal Killer. In addition to the beer categories there were two other awards given out, the first being Brewpub of the Year that went to Rockbottom Brew Pub and the other was Brewery of the Year that was given to Bad Apple Brewhouse.

It was a great year and next year is shaping up to be just as great, cheers.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - December 19, 2014

Hello and welcome to the December 19th edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Barnone Brewing says that the 'La Vaca Loca' Milk Stout should be ready for next Tuesday and are very happy with how this one turned out. They go on to says they are planning to do a growler night Tuesday the 23rd, weather permitting.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault will have have three of their beers at the Mont Farlagne ski hill this winter. Bob LeBoeuf, Tante Blanche and Louis XVII will be available on tap and in bottles at the bar. Also don't forget their tap takeover is tomorrow at Resto-Bar Le Deck at 7:00 PM.

Grimross Brewing Company will be open in their new facility on Monday 22nd from 12:00 - 10:00 PM. They will have a "Test Batch Belgian Blonde" beer and "Cheval D'or" on in the tap room and they also say they are brewing a Rye IPA that will be ready in about 3 weeks. 

Hammond River Brewing say their Hawaiian Porter called "Into The Dark" is now on tap at Bourbon Quarter Restaurant & Bar. Craig Pinhey, Atlantic Canada's Wine, Beer and Spirits Writer described it as a Bounty Chocolate Bar in a glass. Lots of Coconut came through with hints of Chocolate. Also it is less than one month until the deadline for the 1st annual Home Brew Competition so get brewing. 

Picaroons Traditional Ales officially broke ground this week at the Roundhouse in Fredericton North marking the start of the construction of the new brewery. It is long overdue and will be a great new spot in Fredericton.

Railcar Brewing Company says that on Saturday December 20th they will have two beers on tap from the first of  their "Guest Brewer" Series. Basset Hound Brewing stopped by and brewed up a Blonde Ale and a Cherry Chocolate Stout. One Keg of each only so get in quick and grab them while you can.

Trail Way Brewing Company has produced a Coffee Stout brewed with Kenyan coffee beans roasted by local Whitney Coffee Company and a Hoppy Amber . They will be available at both 540 Kitchen & Bar & the King Street Ale House starting tomorrow night with the official launch at the King Street Ale House at 7:00 PM

Big Spruce Brewing says that it has brewed Eric Gautier's home brew challenge winning wheat beer, Bráthair Éric. Brewed with modest bittering hops, they used both Simcoe and Cascade as late additions, thus giving this beer a great hop flavour. He also decided to dry hop this bad boy with Citra and New Zealand Wakatu hops. They will debut the beer at the Local Connections Food and Craft Beer Festival in Halifax on January 15th. Eric himself will be there pouring his beer.
They also took seven  Gila Squash from Michelle Smith of North Wind Farm in Skye Glen, Cape Breton and then sugar roasted the flesh. See the facebook page for pictures and an interesting story. They added to their mash of a winter warmer beer. This will be a terroir beer, as not only are they using Gila squash , but they are also using hops from Southan Farms in NB, the Doyle family farm in NS and from their farm here at the brewery. Some black strap molasses will be added for some character, and they are targeting an ABV for 9.0%.  Look for it in the New Year.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company introduced Blue Toboggan, spiced winter ale this week. From Boxing Rock "Spiced with the great flavours of the season - cinnamon and ginger. They also added a touch of Haskap juice from our friends at Haskapa just for fun. Pours a pale straw with a tinge of red-blue from the haskap berries with a nice head and ample lacing. On the palate, the ginger comes first followed by cinnamon and a hint of that great haskap berry. It's backed up by a nice malt backbone, mild bitterness and a smooth finish. At 6% ABV, we think it's the perfect beer for apres-ski, apres-sledding or apres-anything you like."
They also say to Save the Date for "The Whole Grain" Party at Boxing Rock. Friday, January 30 from 5-7:30 PM they are having a beer and bread party at the brewery. More details to come after the holidays. It's going to be a night filled with bread, beer and fun! (and cheese)

Garrison Brewing Company has once again partnered with the gang at The Noble Grape to host the 7th Annual Home brew-off  to showcase the talents of our local home brewers. Selected by BJCP Certified Judges, the Gold Medal winner will be invited to join their 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 12B. Robust Porter - A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex and flavorful roasty character. Submissions are due by February 12th and be sure to save-the-date for the Awards Gala on March 5th. Get all the details on Garrisons website.

Propeller Brewing Company has a new beer in its One Hit Wonder Series.Snowblower Winter Ale is a dark and sweet brew with a nice warming alcohol character. This beer is full of character with a rich body provided by the use of 5 specialty malts (2 Row, Wheat, Crystal.  Melanoidin, Munich and Roast Malts). While malt character is the focus of this brew, a note of bitterness and traditional English ale aroma rounds out our newest offering. They used Willamette and Fuggles hops and the beer is 6.2% ABV and 31 IBUs.

Rockbottom Brewpub officially announced that Jacob Saunders is stepping into the role of Brewmaster replacing Greg Nash, who is leaving Rockbottom to open his own microbrewery. Jake worked as a brewer ar Rogues Roost and was excited to take on the challenges of taking on the job at Rockbottom. He also says he is a big believer in an open door and, if there’s time, wants everyone to know that he’s available for inquiries. “People can find me down here all the time,” he says. “I want them to know they can come and knock on the door and chat or get a tour. I want the beer to be approachable and fun, and for the brewery to share those traits.”
He is starting out by putting a new Extra Special Bitter on tap at Rockbottom. It's 5.2% ABV and 35 IBUs, It's copper coloured with an aroma of toast, honey and pears. Broad maltly body featuring coffee and toffee. Earthy balanced bitter finish.

‪As reported last week Tatamagouche Brewing Company‬ and The Stubborn Goat Gastropub have a collaboration brew underway for the Local Connections Craft Beer and Local Food Celebration this January 15th. It is a Double IPA but it needs a NAME and they are opening it up to you! The name must be GOAT-RELATED! The best 'Goatey' name will win a FREE PARTY KEG RENTAL (19+) and a $100 GIFT CARD to the Stubborn Goat! Go and comment on the post on their facebook page to enter. Contest closes December 22nd.

Bad Apple Brewhouse is celebrating its first anniversary on December 31st and we get the presents. There is going to be prizes and giveaways as well they are releasing Black & Tackle aged in Planters Ridge red wine barrels and version of Box cutter IPA. It will be happening from 10 to 5 that day. 

This will be the last Maritime Beer Report for 2014, next week will be a Review of the news from 2014 and on January 2nd will be a 2015 Craft Beer Outlook. May you all have a great Holiday season filled with joy and delight enjoying all that it has to offer and as always enjoy responsibly. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - December 12, 2014

Hello and welcome to the December 12th edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Big Axe Brewery released details on their newest Imperial Pale Ale Wrath of Putin Imperial Pale Ale. This ale is golden amber colour and is brewed with Centennial and Golding hops from Southan Farms. The ale is double hopped to give it a strong hop flavour, aroma and a bitterness of 75 IBUs and has a malty sweetness which provides the perfect balance. It weighs in at 7.5% to get you nice and toasty during the cold season.

Distillerie Fils Du Roy has been distilling great spirits for a few years now in the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick and recently got gear to brew. They have all the approvals and licences except the one to sell in New Brunswick from ANBL. They say this may not happen until the next board meeting in February 2015.They are very positive and hopeful.
In the meantime they released notes on their Caraquet Flyer Biere de glace (Ice Beer). Apparently during the brewing process it is partially frozen with the ice crystals removed making a stronger beer. This process sounds similar to a German Eisbock beer. I will pass on any information I get on their status.

Something I am a huge proponent of is the Community Supported Breweries (CSB) and Railcar Brewing is offering this  for Christmas. For 125.00, 250.00 or 500.00 you support the brewery and get an array of great perks, it is a super gift for a beer lover if you have the means. Get more details at the brewery or on Railcar's facebook page.

Shiretown Beer says that its Honey House Ale made with Charlo's Buckwheat Honey is available at the brewery this week end.

Garrison Brewing Company released its Spruce Beer today. In addition there is a logoed glass for sale and a limited addition gift box. There is a barrel aged edition of last years spruce beer coming out very soon as well.

Rock Bottom Brewpub announced that Brewmaster Jake Saunders has joined their team to eventually take over from Greg Nash when he leaves.

Sea Level Brewing releases its High Street Wee Heavy Scotch Ale in time for Christmas. From Sea Level "A dark ale with a malty aroma followed by a sweet caramel taste with hints of roasted, and toasty flavours. A very approachable easy drinking ale that’s only available when the weather sucks." It is a warming 6.4% ABV. Look for it on tap where fine craft beer is served and in cans at the Halifax bottle shops and select restaurants around Nova Scotia.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company spilled the beans on their holiday brew that is available now at the brewery and at The Ladies Beer League's brunch at Bar Stillwell on Sunday. Say hello to Maple Squash Ale, brewed with Red Kuri squash from Waldegrave Farms and maple syrup from Acadian Maple. This festive ale is 5.1% ABV and is sweet with a hint of spice.

Enjoy whatever you decide to do this week end and as always enjoy responsibly. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beer Review - Muskoka Brewery Mad Tom IPA

Mad Tom IPA comes to Nova Scotia from Muskoka Brewery. Nestled in the heart of Ontario’s iconic Muskoka Region, Muskoka Brewery's founders Gary McMullen and Kirk Evans opened Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario in 1996. Mad Tom is a healthy 6.4% ABV and 62 IBUs with Chinook and Centennial hops for dry-hopping.

Appearance - The beer is a dark gold color and hazy with a nice head on the pour that quickly dissipates. 

Aroma - Not a lot of hops on the nose but did get some nice malt.

Taste - On sipping this one I got some grapefruit, pine and slight carmel. It has a dryness that lingers .

Mouthfeel - It has a good amount carbonation with a medium mouth feel. 

Overall - This is a strong beer that is well balanced and very enjoyable.

Mad Tom is available in 6 packs at the the NSLC now.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - December 5, 2014

Hello and welcome to the December 5th edition of the Maritime Beer Report 

Barnone Brewing announced it is making a Milk Stout called La Vaca Loca. Not sure when this will be out but it has a great name.

PEI Brewing Company released its 8 Cord Double IPA (PEI's first 8.5% brew) and Ice Boat Barrel Aged Stout (stout aged in oak whiskey barrels for a few months) yesterday. Both sound like great beer but are only available on PEI.

Big Axe Brewery says its Chocolate Mint Stout is at 540 Kitchen & Bar and Vault 29 this Holiday Season! They also have Chocolate Oatmeal stout at the King Street Ale House. They also say they will be closed for onsite sales from December 7th and planning to open December 29th. 

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault says a Tap takeover is coming on December 20 at the Resto-Bar Le Deck. They will have their four current offerings plus four "One Hit Wonders". The four they are planning to bring are La Dictée - IPA, La Winding Eddy - Vanilla Bourbon Porter,  La Kedgwick - Lager and La Mud Lake - Brown. Look on their facebook page for more details.

Picaroons Traditional Ales says their 12 Beers of Christmas is back starting December 12th at The Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, they will again 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 4 PM. They say you can expect most of your old favourites, plus maybe one or two new surprises. Also for people in Halifax Stillwell will have the entire 12 Day lineup on their taps on December 23rd.

The Pump House Brewery released  Nor'easter Winter Warmer this week. Glenn's tasting notes: Winter Warmer is a traditional malty-sweet English style that is brewed in the winter months and spiced with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Deep dark amber coloured with a big malt presence and lingering spicy notes. Comfort food at it's best. It weighs in at 7.5% ABV. 

Trail Way Brewing Company says if all goes according to plan 540 Kitchen & Bar and King Street Ale House will be serving their beers by mid-December. Stay tuned, they will keep you all updated!

Big Spruce Brewing has super busy this week, they teamed up with Just Us! to bring an all NS version of Hoppuccino.  Second they released Tim's Dirty American IPA. that was heading to Stillwell, Stubborn Goat, and The Townhouse. Finally the winners of their homebrew-off were Eric Gautier of Hubley Nova Scotia taking first place, second place goes to Keith Forbes of Lower Sackville, NS, and third to Jimmy Beaman of Williamswood, NS. Congrats to everyone and we'll look forward to trying the winner at the Craft Beer and food event next month. 

Boxing Rock Brewing Company released it award winning seasonal U-889 Russian Imperial Stout infused with coffee and vanilla this week. Notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with a roasty backbone and full of deliciousness. Available at the Halifax Seaport Market starting this Friday - yeah they're going to be there the next three Fridays along with their regular Saturday market booth. Also available at the private bottle shops.

Garrison Brewing Company hired new brewer Jon Harris this week, He comes with a couple of years of brewing experience and is a VLB brewmaster grad. Also some bad news, due to a bottling issue the Spruce Beer was delayed from today until next Friday. 

Granite Brewery says its Darkside Black IPA is now on tap. They will be selling in growlers at the beer store and will be on tap at The Henry House and Stillwell.

Hell Bay Brewing got a bit of an early Christmas present in the form of some new tanks. They are going to use a horizontal 12 hl tank as a mash tun, to replace the small one they are using now to enable them to make some Bigger beers. Then other is a 15hl brite, but they are thinking about turning that into a boil kettle.

North Brewing Company has released its Glenora Barrel Aged Strong Dark Belgian today in their Agricola St. Store. Look for it in a few other locations before it disappears.

Propeller Brewing announced the date for the release of their second Lambic. Join them December 20th at Bar Stillwell for the official launch party/presale of their Lambic Style Blackberry Ale and December 22nd at the Propeller shop. Also they now offer all Canadian Military and Veterans 10% discount at the Propeller Shop excluding deposits and promos.

Rogues Roost says the holidays are near and how do they know? Because Lorne has the Russian Imperial Stout in the fermentation tank. Look for it soon.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company has been brewing up a storm saying its Dreadnot IBA is back for a limited time, in growlers and 650mL bottles. They also have an oyster stout on its way, ready to kick off 2015 brewed with Malagash hops and oysters.Lastly the crew from The Stubborn Goat Gastropub  were up to help with a new collaboration brew coming January 2015.

Congrats go to Cam at Schoolhouse Brewery who welcomed his new daughter Claire who arrived at 8:41 PM Monday night.

In beer related news Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Co. Ltd has plans to open a malt house in Hortonville Nova Scotia to produce organic malted grains for use in the region’s craft brewing and distilling industries. They are seeking community investment to launch its business by establishing a Community Economic Development Investment Fund, or CEDIF. There is an information session next Thursday, December 11th, at Wolfville Farmers Market at 7 PM.

Local Connections Halifax had some great news related to Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week (May 11 - 17). The week will be filled with a crazy amount of events for you to experience, but the flagship event, which they are hosting, will be unique in its offering. Imagine all the craft beers in Nova Scotia in one place and one time. That's what we're talking about. Super Early Bird Tickets are available today with your ticket purchase including access to the event, a take-home glass, and 12 beer samples of your choosing. Additional samples will be $1/each, and food will be available by cash purchase. There will also be entertainment, a pop-up craft beer swag shop, and many other things. Tickets are going fast so get yours today

Lastly congrats to The Port Pub,  Tide and Boar and Bar Stillwell on making enRoutes's Canada's Top 15 Favourite Bars.

That was a lot of news, take care and until next time enjoy responsibly.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - November 28, 2014

Hello and welcome to Canadian Beer Day edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Barnone Brewing says its new 'lil' DIPA is light in malt, big in hops. This is from lots of late additions and dry hopping. It weighs in at 8% ABV and look for this one at the brewery soon.

The Gahan House in Charlottetown says it has Legally Blonde now on tap. It is a light body Belgium Style Ale which comes in at 5.5% ABV. It's pale yellow in colour, lightly hopped, and has a slight fruity flavour. Served with a thick creamy froth and an orange wedge.

PEI Brewing Company pulled the curtain back a little futher on its new DIPA 8 Cord. PIEBC says "We pushed the malt aside to let the hops shine through on this big, dry and tropical brew. Expect citrus, pine and floral aromas with just enough bread malt flavour to carry the strong, smooth bitterness." It will be out in  473 mL cans in PEI and comes in at 8.5% ABV.

Big Tide Brewing Company says it was brewing Chocolate Porter this week as well as hopefully a double IPA this week end. Watch for those soon.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault released their "festive" brown this week. Called Buckdjeuve or "jackalope" the brewers say it has a little spice , a little chocolate , a little molasses, a ton of flavor and  7.3 % ABV. Available now at the brewery. 

The latest news on Grimross Brewing Company's is that after time and many very long nights, they have their first batch fermenting in the new brewery at 600 Bishop Dr. They expect to be open for business in about 3 weeks. What a Christmas present for Fredericton area. 

Big Spruce Brewing has a new beer coming that is a slightly higher alcohol malty amber. I have to say it is their best name yet, meet Spruce Bringstein. Watch for it soon.

For you U-889 from Boxing Rock Brewing fans I heard through the hop vine it will be back in a week or two just in time for Christmas.

Meander River Farm had some big news this week with the release of a Imperial IPA. The new brew is Haymaker IIPA  and is a healthy 8.5% ABV. They say this brown ale is intensely hopped throughout the brewing process to achieve the rich hoppy flavour and bitter finish characteristic of the style. This brew packs a big punch, hence the name. Get it now at the brewery and select taps. 

North Brewing Company's new Belgian Milk Stout is the first beer on tap at the Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar at Bishops Landing new expanded food menu and beer on tap. Two great local companies together.

Propeller Brewing Company has a new One Hit Wonder that dropped today. A Vanilla Porter this time around. I don't have the details on this but I am sure it is great.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company has a new limited lager brewed with Malagash grown Crystal hops. It is called RR#2 after the rural route where the hops are grown. Available in growlers, and 650mL bottles in Tatamagouche.

Ladies Beer League wants people to mark December 14th on their calendars as they are joining forces with their best buds at Stillwell to host a brunch with a special holiday release from Tatamagouche Brewing. More details to follow as I get them.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival tickets went on Sale today at 10 AM. This is my favorite beer festival in the region and Lloyd and his crew know how to put on a good show. These tickets won't last long and make a great Christmas gift

Another great gift is tickets to the Second Annual Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration but they are down to less than 15 tickets so your window for this one is closing fast.

That is it for this week. I am busy working on three special reports coming out in December with the Christmas Beer guide coming in a couple of weeks. Until next Friday enjoy responsibly.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Muskoka Brewery adds two offerings in the NSLC

      Muskoka Brewery had a launch party at The Stubborn Goat in Halifax to announce the launch of two of its beers, Mad Tom IPA and Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout, at the NSLC. Muskoka is not new to Nova Scotia as it was available at private stores in HRM for sometime now.

     Craig Prentice spoke to the attendees about Muskoka Brewery's history and distribution within Canada and in addition to Mad Tom and Winter Beard they are bringing a couple more offerings to the NSLC in the spring.

      The Stubborn Goat had a great sampling of fare to go with the beers we could try. I first tried the Mad Tom, this IPA is a strong 6.4% ABV and is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops giving it a crisp aroma and a very citruy and piney taste. 

      I was worried that the Winter Beard was going to be overwhelmed by sweetness and chocolate but the chocolate and sweetness were just right and after that flavor faded a fruitiness lingered. This is a nice beer to sip and enjoy on a cool winters night.

     Both beers are in the NSLC system now with Mad Tom being a year-round offering and the Winter Beard for Christmas.

     Watch for a full review on these beers coming soon.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - November 21, 2014

Hello and welcome to the November 21st edition of the Maritime Beer Report

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault are having a bit of fun on their facebook page. They are releasing a new beer next week and are adding pieces to a puzzle to let their fans try to guess what it is. All that has been revealed so far is that it is Christmas related, it will be 7.3% ABV and is going to be legendary. More details next week.

Grimross Brewing Company kegged off the last batch (Ben's Country Cousin) at Picaroons Brewtique. They say their beer will still be available at Picaroons Brewtique until theyopen in mid to late December at 600 Bishop Drive in Fredericton. 

Hammond River Brewing are staying busy after the brewer took a vacation. They brewed Switchback Brown Ale with the next two planned brew sessions will be the Too Hop To Handle Double IPA and a new Chocolate Coconut Porter called Into The Dark.

Picaroons Traditional Ales says Feels Good Imperial Pilsner is back but in the latest batch they used some leftover local hops from their harvest ales. Traditionally the hop profile is only Saaz hops, though in this batch there's Nugget, Centennial, and Magnum.

Railcar Brewing Company says they are working on a Spiced Gingerbread Ale that will feature some oak chips soaked with spiced Sailor Jerry's Rum. That will be a great treat. Also after running out of beer for a few days there should be Brown Ale back on tap soon.

Shiretown Beer currently has five beers available at the brewery. They include their three year round beers, the Venezuelan Express (porter) and Black Currant Wheat. In addition they have a Hop Hash Strong Wheat Ale in the tank. They say u it is a 6.2% ABV with medium bitterness that is hopped with Southan Farms Hop Hash. The hop hash is made up of the farms Golding hops. The grist bill is half wheat malt and the other half is made up of prairie 2 Row, Munich, Vienna, Caramunich and topped off with toasted wheat. 

Trail Way Brewing Company was busy as they prepare to open for business. This week they were brewing up a batch of imperial brown ale that they are calling Grizzly Oak. Brown that they say "like a grizzly and to be aged for some time on oak. Should be quite complex".

Staying with New Brunswick the ANBL has added another store to its growler program. Sackville is now offering three taps to fill growlers during select hours. This week is Picaroons Winter Warmer, Muskoka Cream Ale and Le Trou Du Diable L’Amère Indienne.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company introduced The Darkness Cascadian Dark Ale today at local bottle shops and the brewery. They say "a true India Pale Ale, albeit with an unexpected colour, it's hoppy, bright, and packed full of big flavours ... pours with almost stout-like black inkiness, capped with a nice tan head. First sensation is the hop forward presentation from copious amounts of late hops, and dry hops. It's followed by a gorgeous roasty body with a hint of wheat chewiness, fruity middle notes and then backed up by bracing bitterness in the finish". It is available in 650 ml bottles and has a 6.5 % ABV. 
They also announced they are on tap in New Brunswick at The King Street Ale House in Fredericton, Tide and Boar Gastropub in Moncton, Lemongrass Thai Fare in Saint John, Ducky's in Sackville, Laundromat Espresso Bar in Moncton and 540 Kitchen & Bar in Fredericton.

Garrison Brewing had a busy week. First they released the 2014 Winter Warmer into the NSLC and private stores. In Nova Scotia it is going to be in six packs and they tell me New Brunswick in 500 ml bottles. They also did their annual trip to Meander River Farm to get spruce boughs for Spruce Beer, look for it soon. One other note, Kellye Robertson, the assistant brewmaster is leaving to be brewmaster at mysterious soon-to-be opened craft brewery in Halifax in 2015. She won the Garrison 2012 brew-off with  Kellye  R's Wild Rye'd IPA,

Granite Brewery is now brewing Darkside Black IPA today and should available within two weeks. This is a healthy 6.75% ABV.

North Brewing Company has finally released their newest seasonal Belgian Milk Stout. It is in 750 mL swing tops, growlers and next Thursday in 650 mL "bombers" at Bishop's Cellar. They say that the "warm roasted malt character is complemented with a smooth body and a subtle belgian yeast character.

Rock Bottom Brewpub says Mr. Nash has created a wonderful Rauchbier that will be hitting the taps tomorrow at 4 PM. Say hello to Smoke & Mirrors. 
From the blog "Our classic Bamberg-style Rauchbier was brewed with over 80% of the malted barley being beechwood-smoked, the remainder being Munich malt. It's a blend of smoke and malt with balance and intensity completely complementary of one another. A true lager with Märzen-like qualities sporting a malty, toasty richness and an almost bacon-like smokiness (mmm bacon), it's delicious. Finishes malty and lightly sweet with moderate, balanced, hop bitterness. It weighs in at 5.3 % ABV and 21 IBUs.

Rogue's Roost Brew Pub has a new beer on tap from Jake. The Double IPA is 8% ABV and 85 IBUs. It's hopped with Falconer's Flight, Cascade, Galena, and a touch of Saaz. It's got just enough  malt backbone to support it's massive late and dry hopping. Finish is dry for a quenching pint with lingering bitterness.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival and reLiSH have partnered to bring you Burgers n' Beer Fredericton 3.0 on November 27th.. This evening event will pair beer and cider with delicious sliders prepared by the fine chefs at reLiSH's new Fredericton Uptown location. Included are 10 - 4oz beer or cider samples each paired with 5 unique slider and a custom tasting glass. This time there will be a special bonus, Fredericton Craft Beer Festival 2015 tickets go on the next day but if your at this Burgers n' Beer event you get to buy them that night plus you will get 10% off them. And speaking of Fredericton Craft Beer Fest, tickets go on sale November 28th at 10 AM online via eventbrite plus they will be at the Sunday Market.

Staying on beerfests Saint John Beerfest will be on April 11th and tickets are on sale now. Great time to grab some for stocking stuffers

On May 11-17, 2015, the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia will be initiating the inaugral Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week. The week will feature many interesting beer events, with a flagship event taking place on Saturday, May 16. This will be a great opportunity to try many delicious local craft brews, meet their makers, and truly celebrate one of the best things happening in the province. Watch here for more details.

Next Friday, November 28th, is Canadian Beer Day. Join in the fun from coast to coast. to coast and raise your glass - post and share photos using the hashtag #CanadianBeerDay on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

That is all for this weeks entry, thanks for taking the time check out this week's beer happening and until next time, enjoy responsibly.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - November 14, 2014.

Hello and welcome to the November 14th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

PEI Brewing Company released details on their new Double IPA. They're calling it 8 Cord (as in cord wood), and it's an 8.5% ABV at about 80 IBU's. Colour is deep amber and aromas are pine, citrus, and tropical with a mild maltiness. Brewed with Canadian 2 Row, Munich and Honey malts, hopped with Warrior, Amarillo and Columbus in the boil, and dry hopped - twice of course - with Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade and Comet. Availability will be in PEI only at first in 473 ml cans and on draft at select locations.

Picaroons Traditional Ales are officially a certified B Corporation. A B-corporation is a type of for-profit entity that wishes to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision-making process. It differs from traditional corporations in its purpose, accountability, and transparency. Well done.

Big Spruce Brewing released Statler & Waldorf, an American  IPA brewed with only hops grown on their farm. They say coming to a tap near you and available at the brewery and this weekend at the Cape Breton Farmers' Market. It is 6.4% ABV.

Hell Bay Brewing Company released 'Chocolat' today. It's a smooth chocolate wheat ale made in a brown porter style, rich chocolate aroma and flavour, with hints of roasted coffee and vanilla, along with a slight rum character, that was used to infuse the cocoa and vanilla beans! It is 6% ABV and will be available at the brewery in growlers and in selected bars and restaurants.

Propeller Brewing gave me some hints on their next Lambic release coming around the holidays. They're not certain yet for an exact release date. However, I can tell you it is a Blackberry Version aged in oak barrels from Blomidon Estate Winery. 

Tatamagouche Brewing Company have a new one off. North Shore Lagered Ale. They say they are hanging onto the last taste of fall with this refreshing, lightly hopped brew.

Uncle Leo’s Brewery are releasing a seasonal beer It is a milk stout called Uncle Leo’s Cream Stout. It will be 5% ABV and 23 IBU's.  It's should be available tomorrow at the brewery for growler refills for now. They say they will be brewing it until the end of December.

A new start-up brewery popped up on the radar this week. Wayfarers' Ale is looking to open in Port Williams summer of 2015. I asked to meet them them when they are ready to write a full report. For now this is their description from their facebook page "A company formed to provide a tax efficient way for persons interested in craft beer to invest in the craft beer industry in Nova Scotia. To that end, the company will invest the proceeds received through a public share offering under the CEDIF program in Wayfarers' Ale Ltd., a developing craft brewery, through the purchase of Wayfarers' Ale Ltd. Class A common shares". They have a couple of websites to check out if you want to learn more.

Sunday is the first anniversary of Bar Stillwell in Halifax. They are bringing back some favorites and debuting Red Rover Scrumpy Cider, Bad Apple Boxcutter IPA, their collaboration with Boxing Rock called Merci Bière and their collaboration with North Brewing called Nuppeppo. The Merci Bière is technically a super saison, or a strong farmhouse ale. It uses a portion of beech smoked malt, but the effect is pretty subtle and balanced, as well as dry and slightly tart. Nuppeppo is less subtle, it's a big, spiced black saison. It uses Tokyo Steak Spice, direct from Graeme's recipe book. Both beers are kind of food beers. Merci Biere will be available at the bottle shops the day after the party, and Nuppeppo will be available in growlers from North. In addition there is 4 casks and of course cake. All the fun starts at 4 PM.

Thanks for checking in again this week, until next week enjoy responsibly.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - November 7, 2014

Hello and welcome to the November 7th edition of the Maritime Beer report

Barnone Brewery says Pendy’s Pub is coming on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be an afternoon of Irish music at the Barnone in Rose Valley. Get more details on facebook.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault have released the name of their new amber ale, say hello to Louis XVII Bélonie Nadeau. It is another interesting local character. Check out the story on their facebook page. In case you didn't catch last weeks blog  the new beer is a 27 IBUs and 5.5% ABV amber ale.

Celtic Knot Brewing says that tomorrow will be this year's first brew of their seasonal beer called Toque and Mitts, a bourbon oaked English barley wine. They say with brewing and aging it should be ready right around Christmas time.

Hammond River Brewing has released their latest beer, Switchback Brown Ale. This is a bold American Brown Ale that has 6.0% ABV, 62 IBUs, and was dry hopped with a very good portion of Falconer's Flight hops. Look for it at his local taps.

The Pump House Brewery says to keep an eye out for their Schwarzbier, soon to be on tap at the Dieppe ANBL Growler Station and at The Pump House Restaurant. "Schwarzbier or "black beer" is a traditional German Style black lager. As the name implies it is black in colour yet very drinkable with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee leading into a light-bodied, clean finish, It weighs in between 6.5-7.5% ABV.

Railcar Brewing Company has a couple of cool events coming up.  Learn more about beer, the history of beer, beer styles and how to make beer. Glassware for Beer - How To Taste Beer - How to Review a Beer - How To Pour Beer. In Session 1 on November 22 at 6:00pm learn about  the history of beer. Of course beer tasting will be involved and the cost is $20 per session that will be held bi-weekly.
On Saturday, December 20 at 1:00pm - 6:00pm relax and enjoy the afternoon and bring your gifts to the brewery to get gift wrapped. Sample some beers as your presents are being wrapped. Donations will be accepted for gift wrapping and the donations will help fund the purchase of toys for children in need in our community. This is a great idea, any other breweries going to do this? 

I had a great email exchange with the owners of Trail Way Brewing in Fredericton. It sounds like they have exciting plans and hope to open next month. See the full article on my blog.

Greg Nash was busy brewing at Rock Bottom Brewpub this week making some of his award winning Wreckoning Russian Imperial Stout, look for it soon. He also announced he is leaving Rock Bottom to open his own brewery in central Halifax. The brewmaster position at Rock Bottom is currently being advertised, big shoes to fill and it will be interesting who they will hire. See the brewmaster advertisement here

Garrison Brewing released Officially Licensed Star Trek Klingon Warnog Roggen Dunkel Ale today. This limited release has been made available just in time for Hal-Con, the regions' premier sci-fi, fantasy & gaming convention. Garrison goes on to say Warnog celebrates victory in battle with its unique flavours and deep reddish brown colour. The authentic weizen ale yeast gives Warnog aromas of cloves and banana. Rye & Dark Crystal malts create a balanced flavour of caramel and chocolate, with a slightly tart, dry finish. This ale is 5.5% ABV and will be available at the brewery, private stores and select licenced establishments.

Propeller Brewing has a One Hit Wonder out today. All I know about it right now is that it is a 5.7% ABV beer. Section 31 Pale Ale will be available in growlers at the Prop Shops.

Schoolhouse Brewery has started doing growler deliveries to the Windsor and Falmouth areas starting yesterday. For more informations check out out their website.

Sea Level Brewing announced the release of a couple of favorites. Crossing Muddy Waters Brown Ale and Port in the Storm Porter are back. Crossing Muddy Waters Brown Ale is a 5.5% ABV North American style brown ale with a smooth, rich chocolate malt profile balanced with a subtle hop flavour and aroma. Port in the Storm Porter is a 5% ABV dark and malty London-style porter layered with coffee, chocolate and mocha flavours. Hopped with a judicious amount of English hops for a velvety smooth, hearty brew. Look for these at the brewery, usual tap locations and in cans very soon.

Thanks for checking me out again this week and until next time enjoy responsibly.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trail Way Brewing to open in Fredericton New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NB - Two local homebrewers, Jake Saunders and Dan Mason, from the Fredericton area are about to open Trail Way Brewing, the city's third craft beer brewery. The brewery, which they hope to open in mid to late December depending how the licencing process goes, will be located off Canada Street in the Devon/Marysville area and situated along the Nashwaak Trail, which is where the name "Trail Way" came from. 

Both Dan and Jake have been homebrewers for several years with most of their experience in all-grain brewing. Jake in addition to his homebrewing obsession is the current President of New Brunswick Craft Brewers Association.

The pair say a lot of the decision timing and the partnership. Both Saunders and Mason had a lot of fun sharing their brews with friends and family but had issues with brewing on a consistent basis. Brainstorming over a kitchen table at a NBCBA meeting the two, who knew each other quite well and enjoyed very similar beer styles, hatched Trail Way Brewing Company. They are excited to share their beer on a larger scale and it was a bit easier knowing they weren't going it alone.

Trail Way is starting with a one barrel electric brewing system. "We’ve pieced it together from various suppliers & manufacturers – we have 7 one BBL conical fermenters and 1 brite tank. At this point nearly all brewing equipment has been purchased and is on-site" they say.

Initial distribution will be in the form of kegs to pubs and restaurants in the Fredericton area and they hope to to start with 2 or 3 accounts and have interest for a couple of places. Once demand is gauged they want to open more accounts if their capacity allows. 

When asked about what they will be brewing up they say "We both tend to brew a lot with American hops, but we also both love to experiment with different ingredients such as spices, fruit, etc.  We’re keeping it pretty broad and will focus on full-flavoured ales. With our homebrewing background, we’re excited to do a lot of specialty beers and one-off batches – possibly experimenting with some casks & barrels as well"

The partners say they are beyond excited to serve their beers in the Fredericton area and look forward to interacting with the public and receiving feedback on their beer. They also want to thank everyone who has helped them get to this point and a huge thank you to theirr significant others Catherine Saunders and Alex Sorensen on their efforts and support. Both of the ladies have been extremely encouraging of our brewing over the years and made this decision to open a brewery that much easier.

Check out Trail Way Brewing on facebook and on twitter and keep a look out for some TrailWay beers in the coming months! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - October 31, 2014

Hello and welcome to the October 31 edition of the Maritime Beer Report

Big Axe Brewery are preparing for a busy weekend and ANBL growler fills next week but had time to get a new beer on tap. From Big Axe "Partidgeberry Belgian Ale is light to pale gold in colour, it weighs in at 5.6%.  Brewed with pefect combination of fall spices like corriander, real oranges, partidgeberries from Newfoundland and Saaz hops. Addition of partidgeberry lends this beer mild but complex tartiness and mild berry, clove and cinnamon aroma" .

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault has given me a few details on their new amber ale. It is coming next Thursday, Nov. 6th for growler fills and on tap in bars and restaurants locally but will be bottled next January, as part of their regular offer. The name is a secret until it is released next Thursday, but they say it's in the same spirit as Bob and Blanche. They describe it as "amber ale, with up front caramel notes, toasted bread aroma, hints of toffee, roastiness and fruitiness. Well rounded with balanced bitterness. Made with local specialty malts, it has 27 IBUs and 5.5% ABV."

Hammond River Brewing and the Saint John Ale House will be hosting the first annual Hammond River Brewing homebrew competition soon. What is available right now is that it will be a BJCP certified event, entry deadline will be January 16th, it will be open to all NB homebrewers, and the style will be category 21b (Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer). More details soon

Picaroons Traditional Ales will start releasing Winter Warmer tomorrow and there will be a launch party with Shivering Songs pals on Wednesday November 5th. They also busy this week brewing Feels Good Imperial Pilsner. 

The Pump House Brewery says that Glenn's Barley Wine is on tap at The Pump House Restaurant & Brewery at 5 Orange Lane in Moncton. They say get down early as it won't be on for long and only while supply lasts. The Limited Edition Stonefire Ale officially dropped yesterday at The Pump House Restaurant location and again thay say to make sure you get down to pick up your bottles while supplies last. If you don't get to Moncton and live in Nova Scotia I heard they shipped a pallet down to NSLC of 576 bottles, it should be in stores sometime next month, watch my twitter feed for a heads up.

Railcar Brewing finally opens tomorrow. To celebrate they are taking 10% off all merchandise tomorrow. They will have Railcar Red, SMaSH IPA and their Artisian Brown ready. The space isn't 100% finished but it's well on it's way. Stop in and share their vision.

Shiretown Brewing's new Porter the "Venezuelan Express" is now on tap at the King Street Ale House in Fredericton! This Porter has tasty coffee, chocolatey, roasted notes with nice clean finish hopped with a local unknown hops. It has an ABV of 5% and about 25 IBU's approximately.

A new brewery is coming soon to the Fredericton North area. Trail Way Brewing popped on twitter this week and watch for a full report about the brewery when they have a chance to send me the details.

Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company says their award-winning Rare Bird Craft Beer Pumpkin Ale is now available for sale in Dartmouth at Harvest Wines and Spirits, Bishop's Cellar in Halifax, Cristall Wine Merchants in Bedford and the Rare Bird Pub in Guysborough. 

Big Spruce Brewing brewed their 200th batch and decided to bring something back, because fans all asked for it so many times this summer. The Whole 9 Yards should be ready in a few weeks.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company is having a party tomorrow from 12 to 3 PM at the brewery 78 Ohio Road in Shelburne. There will be a BBQ and other snacks starting at 12. First come, first served. they are having free tours and free samples. Check for details on their facebook page

Garrison Brewing Company announced that The Klingon Empire has landed and taken over Garrison Brewing to produce a dark and spicy Klingon ale. Warnog Roggen Dunkel invades just in time for Hal-Con Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention The style is hybrid German - Dunkelweizen with a rye twist - so darker with chocolate notes & all the great taste a true weizen yeast brings. It is a 5.5% ABV beer.

Meander River Farm has a new beer on . Smokey Chipotle Porter is brewed with cherry smoked malt and infused with chipotle peppers, this brew has rich dark chocolate notes with a nice hop balance, full smokey flavour and a subtle bite of spice on the finish and comes in at 7.2% ABV. 

Rockbottom Brewpub had a smoked lager on this week, a classic rauchbier to be precise. It is brewed with 82% of the grist as beechwood smoked malt, the remainder being Munich malt. It's also laced with a healthy dose of Hallertau Tradition hops. It was preview of the main batch that will soon be hitting the taps. It is a 5.3% ABV beer.

Schoolhouse Brewery had a great announcement that their flagship beers "The Chequers" and "Principal Ale" as well as their "Hants County Hop Series" will be featured at Bar Stillwell this coming week end. They will  also have its Hants County Goldings, Hants County Galena, Hants County Zeus, Hants County Zeus and Galena on, they come in 20-30 IBUs and  4.5% ABV.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company launched their newest beer, an India Black Ale named DREADNOT, after a ship built in Tatamagouche in 1877. This beer is 7% and is partially hopped with Malagash grown Cascade. Dreadnot is a bold IBA with pronounced citrus and floral hop aromas. The debittered black malt lends a dark hue, with hints of roastiness while generous amounts of Waimea, El Dorado, and Malagash grown Cascade provide citrus flavours with subtle pine characteristics. They also say they have a very small quantity available this time around, but looking to brew it again in the new future. It is available only in growlers this time, and in a few licensees: The Stirling Room (Tatamagouche), Stubborn Goat, Bar Stillwell, and Lion and Bright.

I hope everyone has a great and safe Halloween and until next time enjoy responsibly.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canadian Beer Day November 28, 2014 - A day to celebrate Canadian Beer

The morning of October 27th  I noticed on twitter it was American Beer Day. This led me to look for when Canadian Beer Day was and my search came up empty. This brought me to tweet "I see today is #AmericanBeerDay . Is there a #CanadianBeerDay ?  Oh and Happy #AmericanBeerDay". What came next was a flurry of activity from Lloyd Chambers of Fredericton Craft Beer Festival and Troy Kirby of Pub Magazine and ultimately a let's do it.

The date picked is November 28th to celebrate proudly suds made in Canada and all the breweries and brewers that make what we love. Watch for details coming soon and make sure to use the hashtag.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - October 24, 2014

Welcome to the October 24th edition of the Maritime Beer Report. It is kind of a slow news week this week.

New rules to the liquor control act are coming into effect will allow P.E.I. brew pubs and microbreweries to produce stronger beer for their customers. The Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission had limited brewing beer with no higher than 6.5 per cent alcohol content. But beer products from other provinces and countries with higher alcohol content could be sold. The change, set to take place tomorrow, watch for some new beers out of PEI.

Big Axe Brewery was brewing Shakesbeer Stout getting ready for ANBL growler fills November 5 Prospect Street store. 

Hammond River Brewing is gving a heads up to everyone that they are participating in the ANBL growler program again at the KV store.  On November 20th they will have Red Coat India Red Ale and Christmas week they will feature Back In Black Oatmeal Stout that is infused with Star Anise.

You can tell colder weather is coming, Picaroons has been posting pictures of themselves brewing Winter Warmer, this strong beer is always a welcome seasonal.

Boxing Rock Brewing released a new seasonal today called "Unobtainium". They describe it as a "full bodied intrepid amber ale. Dark mahogany-walnut in colour, with a malty rich backbone supporting some unexpected hop flavours. At 5% ABV it's a super drinkable, sessionable ale. The hop profile is as unique as it gets. Heavily dry hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, New Zealand Orbit, and a very special find: Whole leaf organic Nelson Sauvin hops". Find this one at private stores, the brewery and the Seaport Farmers market or if you are going to Celtic Oktoberfest tomorrow you can try it there.

North Brewing collaborated with Ben Swetnam and Avondale Sky Winery to make Saison de L’Acadie The new brew blends pilsner and wheat malts with 200 litres of L’Acadie Blanc grape juice, to balance out the acidity they added 10 kgs of Cosman’s honey. I tried it last night and it is terrific. This is a 7.5% ABV beer.

Thanks for joining me again this week and whatever you try this week end, enjoy responsibly.