Friday, September 22, 2017

Garrison Brewing Welcomes Fall with Three New Beers

(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing released three new beers this week. First Lemondrop, a part of the kettle sour series Daniel has been concocting at our old plant, is a 5.0% ABV and 0 IBU kettle sour dry hopped with Lemondrop hops. According to Daniel it has an “aroma and flavour of lemon and lemon meringue pie, and finishes nicely with a touch of lemon and pepper”.

After Halifax was announced as the host of the 2018 Canadian Brewing Awards Garrison reached out to Sawdust City in Gravenhurst, ON and wanted to brew something special to commemorate. Leroy is a behemoth imperial brown ale weighing in at 10% ABV and 41 IBU. Aromas of molasses bread and milk chocolate will give way to a smooth flavour of molasses, coffee and finish with massive tones of dark chocolate. As our fall nights get cool, Leroy will provide some warmth.
The Imperial Brown is at the growler program in NB this week end but will eventually be making its way into bottles for a super limited release here in Nova Scotia.

Lastly Garrison has the latest Federation of Beer Star Trek release coming next week: Borg Ale. It won’t be bottled until next week, however they’ll be serving up samples of it at Hal-Con this week end.
Garrison says "We are the Borg, and this is our ale. Lower your shields, raise a glass, and surrender your taste-buds. Resistance is futile… But, that’s OK because this is the most advanced black ale in the entire Delta Quadrant. Created with Dark Munich and Black Malt, this strong dark ale is sure to satisfy your bio-chip". The ale is 5.6% ABV and 25 IBU and will be released in the brewery and at private stores.

NSLC hosts Local Craft Beer and Cider Series in October

(Halifax, NS) - NSLC is hosting some of the top craft beer and cider makers in Nova Scotia over four weeks in October. Beer and cider have become increasingly important in our economy over the last few years. Beyond the pure monetary impact Nova Scotians have embraced the personalities and culture of these companies while enjoying their fantastic ales and lagers. 
The four-week educational series will be held at The Port by the NSLC throughout the month of October.
The series kicks off on October 4th with Bulwark Cider's maker Alex Boivin talking about Bulwark’s cider-making process in which they ferment and bottle freshly pressed Annapolis Valley apples at their cidery in New Ross, Lunenburg County. He’ll present some fall food pairings and mix up some delicious cider cocktails. Peter Burbridge of North Brewing Co. and Mark Huizink of 2 Crows Brewing join the series October 11 to talk about how the unique character of wood is imparted on barrel-aged brews. In week three, Boxing Rock Brewing Company co-founders Emily Tipton and Henry Pedro will talk about autumn seasonal beer varieties then ask everyone to think outside the box as they try some of their beer. The series wraps up October 25th when Big Spruce Brewing Company founder Jeremy White discuss all about his certified organic brewery and his use of locally grown hops and local mineral-rich water to brew hoppy, dark beer.
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or in person at The Port by the NSLC on 5485 Clyde Street in HalifaxThe series is $60 and runs from 7-8:30 PM each evening.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Painted Boat Beer Company Opening in Stellarton in 2018

(Stellarton, NS) - Distiller Nova Scotia Spirits Co. is planning to expand its product line by setting up a brewery. Alex Rice, the company’s president, said in an interview Thursday that The Painted Boat Beer Company will craft an as-yet-unnamed lager it will unveil next May with other beers to be launched later. That brewery is being set up in Nova Scotia Spirit Co.’s newly acquired building at 230 Foord St. in Stellarton, the former Scotsburn distribution plant.

Read the full article here 

2 Crows Brewing Releases Chaos Ghost Tripel

(Halifax, NS) - 2 Crows Brewing are releasing their next foedre aged beer this Saturday at noon. Chaos Ghost is a 9.3% ABV and 31 IBU Calvados Foedre-aged Tripel brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt, Belgian candy sugar and hopped with Sterling, Golding, and H Blanc. The beer was fermented with an abbey yeast and allowed to condition for several months in a Calvados Foedre. The brewery describes it as "Slightly spicy, dry, peppery/estery, bright, with a hint of oaky tannins and apple brandy sweetness". 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trailway Brewing Releases Off-Topic IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing released Off-Topic IPA today. They say Off-Topic is a delicious display of an American and Aussie hop blend, featuring two blockbuster hops, fresh crop year Vic Secret and Idaho7. This "fruit bomb" has Banana, Pineapple and Citrus. This is an one off American IPA that rings in at 6.5% ABV and is available now in cans.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fog Bank rolls in to Saltbox Brewing

(Mahone Bay, NS) - Fog Bank barrel-aged stout will be released this week at Saltbox Brewing. Their Old Foundry Stout was nurtured for five months in Ironworks Distillery rum barrels to impart notes from the wood like vanilla and dark fruit, with a slightly higher alcohol content (9.0% ABV) to provide a smooth, mellow finish.  

Upstreet releases Red Stone Stock Ale

(Charlottetown, PE) - In 1777, after Rev Theophilus Desbrisay was taken prisoner by privateers and released without a penny to his name, he journeyed to Charlottetown determined to share his faith. There he found his parish meeting in the back of an old tavern; a welcoming community that would help shape the Island to what it is now. 
To commemorate this bit of Island history, and to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Upstreet Craft Brewing have created Red Stone Stock Ale, a very special brew inspired by the era. Oak aged and lightly carbonated to bring out the simple grain bill of English Pale, Medium Crystal and Chocolate malts, this beer packs a complex flavour profile that offers a mild tartness and dry finish. 
Red Stone Stock Ale blends traditions of yesterday with the tools of today, and will be available in limited quantities in liquor stores across the Island. Proceeds from the sale of every bottle will help fund St. Paul's Anglican Church outreach programs. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coastliner Releases New Cider to NB Liquor Growler Program

(Fredericton, NB) - Coastliner Craft Cider announced that next week they will have an exclusive tap as part of the Alcool NB Liquor Growler Program for their new cider called CASTAWAY. This cider is infused with tropical fruit and hibiscus and comes out at an ABV of 5.4%. The cider will be on tap starting Sept 21st and will be available across the province with bottles to follow later this year.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Schoolhouse Brewing Releases Pumpkin Paddler

(Windsor, NS) - Schoolhouse Brewing releases seasonal Pumpkin Paddler. Inspired by Windsor’s Annual Pumpkin Regatta, where every October the town comes together to watch Dill’s Giant Pumpkins race across Lake Pisiquid; right behind their brewery. Schoolhouse says "pouring hazy golden orange, Pumpkin Paddler is sessionable with just the right blend of spices… the perfect beer for a cool autumn day". The ale has pumpkin puree, whole cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger along with some allspice and a secret spice component. Coming in at 5.7% ABV' it is a heavy hitter among the pumpkin beers and is malt and spice forward with a nice slightly bitter finish. 
It will be hitting their retail shelves this week and tap room later in September. 

Red Rover Craft Cider Brings Back Blues Cider

(Fredericton, NB) - Red Rover Craft Cider announced they are welcoming back Blues Cider. They say just in time for the most musical time of the year in Fredericton they have a fresh batch of blues cider coming down the pipe. The Blueberry infused cider is 7% ABV that they say it is "semi- Dry bursting with wild blueberries and a crisp apple finish".
It will be available Thursday at The Ciderhouse at 546 Queen Street in Fredericton for pints and fills

Lunn's Mill Beer to host Octobeerfest

(Lawerencetown, NS) - Lunn's Mill Beer is hosting Octobeerfest at the brewery at 515 Carleton Road, Lawrencetown, NS (the one in the valley!) on Saturday October 7th from 3 PM to 10 PM. Tickets are $45 and include a custom 20 oz beer glass, one beer, a meal, and live music. The beer menu will include two special German-style releases for the event, a Hefeweizen and a Vienna Lager as well as three of our regular brews in the lineup.
The meal includes sausages, chicken schnitzel, potato salad, green salad and apple crisp with the music featuring four local bands: Two Can Sam, Heather and Caleb. Midnight Genny and Dayliner. They will also have a photo booth on site from Dan Froese
There will be a shuttle running from Bridgetown to Middleton from 3 to 5 PM to get there, and again from 7 to 10 PM to get home. 
Tickets on sale now on the Lunn's Mill website.

Trailway Releases DDH Luster

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing is releasing a variant of its popular Luster Session IPA. They took their regular Luster a step further with a second full dry-hop of fresh El Dorado. They say the result is a "beer so aromatic and pungent it smells like a freshly opened bag of pellets. Truly unlike anything we've released to date".
They are planning to have about 40 cases of DDH Luster available September 13th at 4 PM in cans only. It will make its way on tap for pints and fills towards the end of the week and will be available at the brewery in Fredericton only.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Moosehead Breweries Announces Opening of Small-Batch Brewery

(Saint John, NB) - After scrapping plans for a small-batch brewery on the Saint John waterfront earlier this year Moosehead Breweries announced a small-batch brewery and tap room to be built at the company’s historic brewery at 89 Main Street West in Saint John.

The new small-batch brewery will feature a 20-barrel brewing system and a 3-barrel pilot system, allowing Moosehead to create new beers in smaller quantities for offer at retail, on-site in the tap room or at bars and restaurants. The new small-batch brewery will provide a complete "Moosehead experience" that will feature a retail store, growler fill station and a selection of Moosehead merchandise for sale. An on-site tap room will give consumers the opportunity to enjoy fresh beer on the floor of the new brewery, and will also serve as the beginning and end point for the Moosehead Brewery Tours, which the company started offering in June of this year.

“As a company, we’re excited to have the flexibility to experiment in ways that can be difficult within our primary brewhouse,” said Andrew Oland, President and CEO, Moosehead Breweries. “We have a talented team ready to bring incredible new innovations to life and I can’t wait to introduce these new beers to Saint John and to Canada.”

Moosehead, Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery that is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, says construction gets underway next week, with opening scheduled for May 2018 that will include a number of new hires.

Garrison Brewing releases Rise n Stein and Announces Oktoberfest

(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing announced this year's Oktoberfest festivities which include hosting them at the brewery in their newly renovated Seaport Hall. 
Hops n Brats will be Friday September 15th from 6:30 PM until 11 PM. The Beer and Sausage Extravaganza will host breweries from across the province who will present their top brands, while you enjoy sausage themed food along with live music. The event features 11 breweries – Garrison, 2 Crows, Big Spruce, Good Robot, Spindrift, Tidehouse, Boxing Rock, Sober Island, North, Nine Locks and Tatamagouche. Tickets are $25 which includes entry, 8 sample tickets and a souvenir glass with additional sample tickets available to purchase on site. 
The next day Oktoberfest opens its gates to the public at 11 AM, with traditional German food, Music and of course Garrison beer all day long. They are partnering with CF Atlantic Canada to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research and care. Satori will rock the house with The Swell Guys, Die Brew-misters and The Roving Steins Oompah Bands. 11AM-5PM the event is free admission and all ages. At 5 PM the Oktoberfest party continues but they switch gears becoming a 19+ party with more dancing, games, food, and of course, beer. The $16 entry includes your first beer.
Finally Garrison has released Rise n Stein Hefeweizen. This weissbier with its straw colour, dry finish and fluffy white head is refreshingly effervescent. It was originally brewed as a one-off for Garrison’s annual Oktoberfest, and went on to win Gold at the 2015 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards. 5.5% ABV 13 IBU. This year Rise n Stein will be a brewery and private stores exclusive.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A. Keith's Releases Hortonville’s Pumpkin Ale

(Halifax, NS) - A. Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery released its latest small batch beer, Hortonville’s Pumpkin Ale today. Brewed with Vienna and Munich malt from Nova Scotia’s Horton Ridge Malt & Grain and is loaded with pumpkin puree, fresh ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Brewer Stefan Gagliardi  says "All the flavors come together like a liquid pumpkin pie. The malts provide a rich malty, toasty, sweet pie crust base, a medium-high body and a soft mouthfeel which supports the delightful aromas and flavors of the pumpkin pie filling". Stefan says this recipe has perfected over numerous years on a homebrew scale as it’s one of his favorite beers to brew.
There are three kegs of pumpkin beer going on the growler station on Lower Water Street. 

Picaroons says Goodbye to Dark & Stormy Night

(Fredericton, NB) - After producing their organic dark wheat beer, Dark & Stormy Night, for the past 11 years Picaroons says the time has come to put it to rest. They received a cease and desist order from Gosling Brothers saying that this beer infringed on one of their products. Gosling Brothers has a registered trademark of "Dark 'n' Stormy" to prohibit marketing of a drink under that name or a related, confusing name, unless it is made with Gosling Black Seal rum.
Picaroons fought the order but have officially lost the battle and are now retiring their beer. For now, what's left on the taps and shelves is all that remains of Dark & Stormy Night.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nine Locks Brewing brings back Harvest Pumpkin Ale

(Dartmouth, NS) - Nine Locks Brewing have released their seasonal Harvest Pumpkin Ale. The beer is a dark amber ale with a full body and residual sweetness with the pumpkin and spices combining to give a unique flavour to this offering. A malty backbone provides mouth fullness balancing the crisp spicing on this 5.2% ABV and 12 IBU ale. Available now at the brewery and coming in October to the NSLC

Big Axe Brewery Breaks Ground on Expansion

(Nackawic, NB) - Big Axe Brewery have broken ground on their long awaited expansion. Big Axe Brewery and Saloon will be a wild west style log home brewery built on the banks of the Saint John River in Nackawic constructed by Riverbend Log Homes.
The brewery will house a 10 BBL brew house with 20 BBL fermenters from DME Brewing Solutions with bottling and canning (mobile canning). The saloon plans to offer 12 taps as well as some food options to be worked out.
Current plan is to open their doors in April of 2018. 

Upstreet Craft Brewing says Gravedigger Pumpkin Ale Returns

(Charlottetown, PE) - Upstreet Craft Brewing says the weather feels like Fall has returned and so has their Gravedigger Pumpkin Ale. The 6.5% ABV seasonal treat is made using pumpkin purée, vanilla, brown sugar and a secret blend of spices that creates a deliciously rich brew which they call "pumpkin pie in a bottle". Get it while it last in the taproom and PEI liquor stores. They have also applied for the ANBL growler program and hope to get it on shelves in private stores in Halifax. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tatamagouche Brewing releases Rushton's Peach Berliner Weisse

(Tatamagouche, NS) - Tatamagouche Brewing has release another sour. Rushton's Peach Berliner Weisse is a 3.5% ABV tangy and tart beer. Balancing this kettle soured summer quencher, they’ve aged it on organic apricots and peaches. Available now in cans and on tap at the brewery. 

RockBottom Brewpub releases The Aristocrats Brett IPA

(Halifax, NS) - RockBottom Brewpub just tapped a new beer. "The Aristocrats" Brett IPA is a 7% ABV and 60 IBU 100% Brettanomyces fermented India Pale Ale. The beer has yeast derived flavours of pineapple, pear, wet hay, and over ripe berry meld with new world hop nuances of tropical fruit, hard candy, and citrus. Finishing with an understated Brett Funk.
New brewer Ian Kean has taken over as Jake Saunders is now at Nine Locks full time. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2 Crows Brewing lands Promiseland DIPA

(Halifax, NS) - 2 Crows Brewing is releasing Promiseland Double IPA. It is coming in at 8.3% ABV and 64 IBU and is loaded with Simcoe and Citra hops. It is a seasonal release so it will be around for the fall. 2 Crows are selling it in cans, pints and growlers out of tap room and it will also be sold at private liquor stores.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Loyalist City Brewing Releases Barefoot Blonde

(Saint John, NB) - Loyalist City Brewing has launched their latest summer series brew, Barefoot Blonde, a New Zealand Blonde ale brewed with fresh pineapple and dry hopped with the New Zealand super hop, Nelson Sauvin. 
The beer pours a brilliant yellow with a crisp white head that gives off an aroma of fresh pineapple and a hint of grape from the Nelson Sauvin hops. The initial malty sweet flavor from the blend of 2-row and malted wheat used is complemented by the fresh pineapple flavor that lingers on the palate. The light bitterness from boil hops rounds out the flavor of this beer resulting in an extremely sessionable blonde ale that balances the fresh fruit, malt and hops. 
Made with only grains, yeast, hops, and fruit, this beer is unfiltered and meant to be enjoyed fresh. Kegs were delivered to local accounts so make sure you get out to try this one while its fresh.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trider's Craft Beer releases Strawberry Sour

(Amherst, NS) - Trider's Craft Beer made a lacto kettle soured beer featuring a healthy percentage of rice for lightness of body as the base. They added three separate additions of fresh local strawberries sourced from Nicnat Farms, located just down the road on the shore of the Northumberland Strait.
The berries were fermented with a base beer, added for some warm aging, and again during cold conditioning. The beer came out with a great rosy colour, and clocks in at 3.5% ABV and  9.5 IBU. The moderate to high carbonation level provides a thick slightly pink head with clear and distinct strawberry aromas on the nose. The lacto provides some definite tartness, but not so much that the strawberry flavour doesn't shine through. Despite a fairly clean tartness the beer retains a slight farmy character as well. This beer will be released in growlers only, and be made available by the keg while quantities last. They had so many great ideas for a name, the decision became nearly impossible. In light of that, this easy drinking late summer crusher, is dubbed quite simply, the Strawberry Sour.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Roof Hound Brewing Releases Beer in "Stubbies"

(Digby, NS) - Roof Hound Brewing released select beers in bottles this week. On the heels of an expansion three beers hit retro 500 ml "stubbies" this week at the brewery and private liquor stores in the Halifax area. Available is Average Joe Pale Ale , Big Stink IPA and Sweet Little SIPA. 

Maybee Brewing releases Owd Bob Sour Brown Ale

(Fredericton, NB) - Maybee Brewing released Owd Bob Kettle Sour Brown Ale this week. The 5.9% ABV beer is an Oud Bruin style sour with Chocolate notes.  Available on tap and in cans at the Maybee Taproom on Wilsey Road in Fredericton. 

Trailway Brewing Releases Voyager Double IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing released a new beer yesterday. Voyager is a Double IPA was brewed exclusively with the Australian super-hop, Galaxy. Trailway says it is "Juicy, pungent, tropical and scary drinkable at a fresh 7.8% ABV". The limited release is  $18/4pack and you need to hit the brewery to grab cans as there is no distribution and limited kegs will be distributed 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Annapolis Brewing is Coming to Annapolis Royal

(Annapolis Royal, NS) - Annapolis Brewing is coming to Nova Scotia's first capital, co-founded by two successful entrepreneurs, Paul St Laurent and Danny McClair. Both men have a brewing passion and a taste for quality crafted beer. They have been all grain brewing for personal consumption for years and this has allowed them to share their passion and beer with friends and family. They say the town of Annapolis Royal and its historic roots make for a perfect backdrop for their craft.
The pair are currently brewing and perfecting recipes on a 30 Gallon Spike brewing electric system with 2 BBL in fermenting capacity and will be moving to a 5 BBL system in Q2 of 2018 once the permitting process is completed at a small location near the Historic Gardens to start.
They current plan is to start sales with growlers at the Annapolis Royal Farmers Market and kegs at local pubs, golf course and restaurants. 
The ales they plan to serve is W&A (Windsor and Annapolis) Railway Rye IPA, 84th Regiment IPA, Acadian Honey Brown, Sir Williams Ale, King George Porter and seasonal beers as well.
Follow their progress by following them on Facebook and Twitter 

Tidehouse Releases its Coffee Porter in Bottles

(Halifax, NS) - Tidehouse Brewing Company have announced their first bottle release. Low Tide Coffee Porter was made with coffee that was aged in a Calvedos oak foedre before roasted and made into cold brew by Low Point Coffee.The 5.5% ABV beer will be available tomorrow only at the brewery in 650 ml bottles. 

Hammond River Releases Its First Bottles

(Rothesay, NB) - Quick on the heels of opening their new facility Hammond River Brewing (HRB) have released their first bottled product. Bottles of Hop Flash IPA (6.6% ABV) are now available for sale in the HRB Beer Bar as well as the KV and Uptown ANBL with other locations being added soon. 

NS Craft Beers sales grew 48.0% in Q1 NSLC Reports

(Halifax, NS) - The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its quarter-end results today for April 1, 2017 to July 2, 2017. Although overall sales, income and volume all edged down Nova Scotia craft beers sales grew by 48.0% year-over-year to $3.2M.
A large portion of the sales increase was the NSLC putting many local products on their shelves this spread, especially leading up to NS Craft Beer Week in May. 
Another great highlight is sales of Nova Scotia ready-to-drink products, which are largely ciders made with locally grown apples, increased 75.7% to $1.0M.
Overall beer at the NSLC dropped 1.2% to $74.6M to make up 47.0% of total sales. 

Full news release here NSLC Announces First Quarter FY 2018 Results

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Foghorn Brewing Releases Leitest Von Viegott Kölsch

(Rothesay, NB) - Foghorn Brewing Company recently released Leitest Von Viegott Kölsch. The kölsch was brewed using German kölsch, yeast from White Labs, perle and magnum hops from Darling Island Farm. Brewer Andrew Estabrooks says the 5.5% ABV and 18 IBU "has a gentle fruity character with lots of grainy Pilsner character".

Flying Boats Brewing Announces Expansion

(Shediac, NB) - Flying Boats Brewing announces after brewing for 2.5 years in the garage they are expanding production into a commercial location. Owner Marc Melanson says the plan is to build a retail taproom that will sell beer flights, beer by the glass, growlers,  as well as canned products. He is not set to release the location just yet but reveals the facility will be in Dieppe close to all major roads and highways for easy access for southeast NB. 

Brasseux d'la Côte Brews First Batch in New Facility

(Tracadie,NB) - Brasseux d'la Côte announced they have brewed their inaugral brew at their new facility. The new brewery is at 3216 Rue Principale in Tracadie New Brunswick. The beer chosen was their La Classique 28 lager, the beer is an homage to local hockey player Luc Bourdon who was number 28 on the Vancouver Canucks and died tragically at 21 years old in an accident.

Chain Yard Urban Cidery Releases The Fuzz

(Halifax, NS) - Chain Yard Urban Cidery released their latest creation The Fuzz. The cider is a cryo extracted peach juice fermented and blended with their Foundation cider base. Chain Yard descibes it as "bright and crisp with notes of stone fruit". Available now at the cidery on Agricola Street. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Annapolis Cider Releases New 'Something Different'

(Wolfville, NS) - Annapolis Cider Company have released their latest 'Something Different". "Raspberry and Rooibos" is a 6.7% ABV unfiltered, sparkling cider crafted from a unique blend of dry cider, fermented over red delicious apple skins, with fresh juice from local, handpicked raspberries. It's then cold-steeped with loose leaf red rooibos tea from Just Us! Coffee. The apple skins lend tannin and structure to this scarlet-hued cider that showcases the bright aroma and flavour of fresh raspberries and is rounded out by mellow hints of earthy rooibos.
$0.50 from each refill of Raspberry and Rooibos will support the Wolfville Children's Centre, an organization with the philosophy that every child is entitled to quality care.

Roof Hound Releases Hoppy Seconds Pale Ale

(Digby, NS) - Roof Hound Brewing released an experimental Pale Ale called Hoppy Seconds. The beer earned the moniker because Roof Hound reused the massive amounts of dry hops used in their Big Stink IPA. Les Barr says Hoppy Seconds is easier drinking than the Big Stink but still has that citrus and savoury flavour and creamy mouth feel. Check it out the 6% ABV beer now at the brewery and select taps.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trider's Craft Beer Releases Blueberry Ale

Photo by Rob Rolfe 
(Amherst, NS) - Trider's Craft Beer released Blue Me Away Blueberry Ale. They brewed the ale with 100% local Amherst blueberries from Hawkes Blueberry Farm, which is right under the windmills that are along the Trans Canada Highway.
They used no extracts so the beer has a nice blue tint and aroma of blueberries with a subtle blueberry flavour.The beer weighs in at 4.6% ABV, 13 IBU and used 2 row, pilsner malt, and corn. Available now in 500 ml stubbies and growler fills. It is a one batch limited release, get it while you can. 

Trailway Brewing Releases LOMAH SMaSH Ale

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing releases LOMAH SMaSH (Single hop and single malt) today. Brewed with 100% Columbus hops and 100% Pilsner malt. Trailway says "This brew is dank, spicy and surprisingly tropical and fruity. Pilsner malt is the absolute perfect base providing enough malt character while letting the Columbus shine. It's crisp and clean and completely crushable." LOMAH will be available in cans on Wednesday, August16th at 4 PM and will go for $17/4pack or $4.50 per can. It will also be on tap for pints and growler fills at 11 AM.

Bagtown Brewing Releases new beers

(Sackville, NB) - Bagtown Brewing added two new beers to their line up as well as business hours. Joining their Wobbly Duck English Pale Ale (ABV 5%, IBU 15) is a Belgian Pale Ale (ABV 4%, IBU 22) that does not have a name yet but was part of a naming contest for the customers who came to the grand opening. There is a 3rd beer is SubtleTEA Session Ale (ABV 3.9%, IBU 45), it has characteristics like a British Golden Ale. Bagtown incorporated green tea leaves into this brew, which gives it some interesting flavours.
Hours of operation, we will be open Thursday and Friday from 4-10 PM, Saturday 9 AM-2 PM, Sunday 5 PM-12 midnight. They will fill Grunters and Growlers as well taking orders for kegs.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

North Brewing Releasing Clementine Pale Ale

(Halifax, NS) - North Brewing will be releasing Oh My Darlin' Clementine Pale Ale on Friday August 18th. This will be the second release in their Finite series,  Ask and Embla were released late last year. Beer will be available on tap at Battery Park and Stillwell while supplies last and for sale in both North shops for $9.75 per bottle.
This beer was made with a secondary fermentation in stainless with Brettanomyces Claussenii for six months, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and then bottle/keg conditioned for another 1.5 months. This is a limited release with only 3 kegs and 850 bottles produced.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Garrison Releases Honey Lavender Ale

(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing released its seasonal Honey Lavender Ale. The beloved summer seasonal brewed with English lavender harvested from Meander River Farms and wildflower honey from G.G. Smeltzer & Son in Shubenacadie. This year’s brew is clocking in at 7% ABV and 16 IBUs. The beer is available from 10 AM on Friday, August 11th at the brewery with a 650 ml bottle retailing for $6.79. There is a limited amount of draft that will make its way into a few local taps. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Picaroons Traditional Ales Adds to Pivot Series

(Fredericton,NB) - Picaroons Traditional Ales has announced the fifth iteration of the Pivot series is out, this time focusing on Pekko and El Dorado hops. Described as "decidedly less tropical and fruity than some previous Pivots, expect some more complex herbal and floral aromas from the Pekko hops, coupled with lighter citrus notes from both El Dorado and Mandarina Bavaria". The imperial IPA is a strong 8% ABV and as with all of this series is a limited supply.

Trailway Brewing releases Seeing Enigma IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing released another installment in their "seeing" series - Seeing Enigma. Enigma is a brand new hop variety from Australia that is getting a ton of well-deserved attention and hype. Trailway says there are so many complex aromas and flavours coming from this brew.
Seeing Enigma checks in at 6% ABV and is available in cans or on tap at the brewery.  

Boxing Rock releases Three Sheets Cream Ale

(Shelburne, NS) - Boxing Rock Brewing released Three Sheets Cream Ale. The beer is a tribute to the 2017 Tall Ship Rendevous happening around the province. The brewery says the 5% ABV beer is mild, aromatic, smooth and refreshing. On sale now at the brewery in 650 ml bottles as well as growler fills. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Upstreet Craft Brewing becomes B Corporation Certified

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Upstreet Craft Brewing recently announced that the company has gained B Corporation Certification. The prestigious designation recognizes companies who voluntarily meet standards of transparency, accountability and social impact. The brewery joins a movement of more than 2,000 highly vetted companies across more than 50 countries committed to being a force for good. They join other brewers Picaroons Traditional Ales in New Brunswick and Beau's Brewery in Ontario. 
To become certified, Upstreet had to undergo and pass an assessment by B Lab, an international non-profit that evaluates their mission, employment practices, governance structure, social impact and environmental stewardship. The brewery was recognized for using locally and ethically sourced ingredients, providing staff with paid volunteer hours, giving back a portion of profits to local charities, supporting community initiatives, and sourcing power produced by renewable resources. 
A big congratulations to Upstreet for becoming certified and being the first on Prince Edward Island. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hammond River Brewing opens new plant in Rothesay

(Rothesay, NB) - After four years of brewing in neighboring Quispamsis Hammond River Brewing (HRBCo) opened its new 15 BBL brewery and taproom at 141 Old Hampton Road in Rothesay on Friday August 4th. The opening times are seven days a week at 11:30 AM and closes Sunday to Thursday at 9:00 PM and at 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. They had seven beers on tap at opening including:

  • The Vegas SMaSH IPA (Galaxy Edition)
  • Blood Orange Hefeweizen
  • Gammie California Steam Ale
  • Hop Flash IPA
  • Red Coat India Red Ale
  • Blueberry Ale
  • Paisley Park Raspberry Berliner Weisse

All beers are available for growler fills in both the standard 1.89 L size and also a smaller 1 L size, with the exception of Paisley Park. The tap room has capacity for 12 beers on tap that will have HRBCo as well as guest taps. Additionally HRBCo has hoodies, t-shirts, ball caps, and 4 different sizes of glassware for sale.
HRBCo will also commence bottling at the new location and owner Shane Steeves hopes to bottle his first batch of beer in the next week, Hop Flash IPA. Bottles will be sold on site as well as ANBL stores when they approve the listings. 
Future plans include bottle conditioned beer as well as doing an extensive barrel aging program for certain beers. Shane also says his existing brewhouse will see the odd batch being brewed that wouldn't make sense on the large system. 
HRBCo is a top rated brewery in New Brunswick and joins Foghorn Brewing and Long Bay Brewery in Rothesay to become a beer destination in the province. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bagtown Brewing Begins Retail Sales

(Sackville, NB) - Bagtown Brewing has officially been granted their Brewery Agency Store License and will be opening for growler and keg sales to the public starting August 10th at 62 Main Street in Sackville.
They have branded grunters (0.95L) available for sale at $6 a piece but will fill other grunters and growlers with the fill prices posted at the brewery. 
The brewery launched in April by Mount Allison commerce students is now run by owner Anthony Maddalena.

2 Crows Brewing to Release Fandango Milkshake IPA

(Halifax, NS) - 2 Crows Brewing will be releasing a new beer on Saturday at noon. Fandango is a Calvados foedre-aged Milkshake IPA coming in at 6.8% ABV and 52 IBU. Hopped heavily with Azacca, Galaxy, and Citra, conditioned in a Calvados foedre for a couple weeks for added vanilla and fruit notes, then absolutely loaded with mango, peaches, more hops, and a bit of vanilla and lactose. Tastes like pure juice. Limited quantities available in glasses and cans, no growler fills.