Saturday, April 22, 2017

New brewery opening in Elmsdale NS


(Elmsdale, NS) - Chill Street Fresh Beer and Cider Market announced they are opening in in June. The brewery will have four 10 BBL SmartBrew tanks and will be a store within a store open inside Sobey's at the Elmsdale Shopping Centre. President Barry MacLeod said he wanted to bring the brewery to the traffic as opposed to trying to bring traffic to a brewery by opening the first brewery inside a grocery store in Canada.
Chill Street aims to offer more that beer and cider offering education, pairing information and beer related merchandise. The core offerings planned are Blueberry Wheat, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Honey Brown Ale, White IPA and an Apple Cider. There will also be several seasonal offerings through the year. 
The store will have access from inside Sobeys as well as its own exterior entrance for patrons to exchange or refill 1litre grunters and 1.89 litre growlers or grab a cans or a crowler. 
I asked President Barry MacLeod why the name and his reply was Chill Street is about recognizing what is important, hanging with friends and family, slowing down and relaxing. 
Watch for reveals on their Facebook page on updates and branding. 



Garrison Brewing Releases Mon Cerise Collaboration Beer

(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing released Mon Cerise on Friday. It is a colossal collaboration bringing together the old guard and new blood of HRM’s craft brewing scene. Garrison, Good Robot, North and Spindrift collaborated and brewed this Cherry Belgian Lager as part of Garrison’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.  Aged on sour cherries, this highly effervescent, reddish-amber Belgian lager has a ton of complexity.  It has a slightly tart, mellow cherry aroma, but sweet maltiness from Munich and Crystal additions.  Clean and crisp, with tart cherry flavour layered over sweet malt character.  It is draft only at the Garrison retail location for samples and growler fills, Spindrift, Good Robot and Battery Park. It is a 5.4% ABV and 12 IBU beer.

MBR April 21, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Happy Earth Day, here is the beer news for this week 

Johnny Jacks Brewery have released Viking Ale in a bottle conditioned version. That means it is unpasteurized and not artificially carbonated, a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process provides a wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. 

Mama's Brew Pub have released Great White Ale. Described as a super creamy wheat beer has tons of citrusy notes with just a hint of coriander. Available now. 

Picaroons is launching this years Dooryard Summer Wheat Ale on Saturday April 22, Earth Day, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. The beer is sporting a new label this year and launch will be in Picaroons' new events space at the brewery on Union Street. They will also have Dooryard available to sample and/or purchase for $5 for a 16 oz pint.
The new label was illustrated by Lise Hansen from Bonfire Stories, the image is inspired by an actual photo they found at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (*Credit line: George Taylor fond P5-479). Simply entitled “Musicians on a raft, playing banjos on the river above Fredericton”, the photo was almost definitely taken in the 1890s. 
The beer will continue to be made with organic malts and hops but will no longer be certified as being organic due to rising costs and requirements to be certified. 

The Pump House Brewery have released their sticky beer. Albert County Maple Ale is a malty amber ale with a twist - it's brewed with fenugreek and locally produced dark maple syrup, lending it a pleasant complexity with hints of maple to the brew. It has a soft mouthfeel with a smooth, clean finish. The beer is 5.0% ABV.

Savoie's Brewhouse announced Herons Nest Honey Brown will be rebranded as Herons Nest Honey Porter within the next several months but the recipe itself has already moved in that direction. The Reason being, they will be coming out with Savoie's Nut Brown Ale for an Acadian project with Fils du Roy and several other breweries. Savoies Nut Brown Ale will be their brown moving forward.

Trail Way Brewing brought out their seasonal Dunder, their Aussie-hopped pale ale. They say this brew is ultra-tropical - think tropical fruit, banana, bubble-gum. They say it was a small batch and so unfortunately distribution will be limited. Find it while you can for this batch. 

The Moncton Craft Brewers Collective Tap Take over is Saturday at the Tide and Boar Gastropub. There will be offering Flights so you can try as many was as possible. Acadie-Broue, Verger Belliveau Orchard, Beckwith Road Brewing, Celtic Knot Brewing, Bore City Brewing, Flying Boats Brewing, The Pump House Brewery and Tide and Boar will all have beer on tap.

That is all for now, have a great week. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

MBR April 21, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


For the maritimes it seems like spring forgot us but Earth Day is tomorrow and it is a very busy beer news week. 

Garrison Brewing released their Sugar Moon Maple for the season. This beer is brewed with Nova Scotia maple sap from Sugar Moon Farm. Dark-amber colour with a clear maple aroma and toasty, caramel and maple flavours. The term Sugar Moon was originally coined by Native Americans for the sugaring season. The beer is 6.3% ABV and 17 IBUs and is available at the brewery and NSLC stores in 650 ml bottles for $5.95
They also have Mon Cerise out today. It is a colossal collaboration bringing together the old guard and new blood of HRM’s craft brewing scene. Garrison, Good Robot, North and Spindrift collaborated and brewed this Cherry Belgian Lager as part of Garrison’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.  Aged on sour cherries, this highly effervescent, reddish-amber Belgian lager has a ton of complexity.  It has a slightly tart, mellow cherry aroma, but sweet maltiness from Munich and Crystal additions.  Clean and crisp, with tart cherry flavour layered over sweet malt character.  It is draft only at the Garrison retail location for samples and growler fills, Spindrift, Good Robot and Battery Park. It is a 5.4% ABV and 12 IBU beer. 

Unfiltered Brewing has brought back two of their most popular beers. Front Line Rocker described as massively juicy and mind-shatteringly hoppy and sStill their fastest-selling beer (8% ABV 100+ IBU). Also in time for summer Daytimer, the kettle-soured Berliner Weisse, dry-hopped with Mosaic for a blast of tropical goodness (3.4% ABV).

Good Robot Brewing says Day of Beer and Vinyl (National Vinyl Day) will see the release of their five-month-aged barleywine, Mississippi Goddam. It's a dark, rich, vinous, with a super caramel-fruitcake nose to it, at 12% ABV.
Work With Whatcha Got Gruit Earth Day Ale is coming out on Sunday, April 23rd, made with all-organic Horton Ridge grain (both summer and winter malts) all-NS hops from Fundy Hops (Chinook and Centennial), maple sap, maple buds, and toasted yellow and paper birch from Erica's neck of the woods off the St. Margaret's Bay Road.

Heritage Brewing now officially own the building at 19 Kirk Street in Yarmouth. They say "In 6-8 weeks we should have all renovations completed and, with luck on our side, be selling beer". 

Schoolhouse Brewing will be officially opening its new larger facility in downtown Windsor on April 29th. This will be the start of regular retail hours at the 40 Water Street that will house the 10 BBL brewhouse, retail space as well as a taproom. Future plans include serving full pints, once they have a beverage permit, that will include six Schoolhouse taps and three other taps from Nova Scotia breweries for onsite consumption as well as bands and vinyl nights at the brewery.

Tatamagouche Brewing have Russian Imperial Stout back on the shelves. It is their gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards last year.

Tidehouse Brewing released a new beer today that they're calling "Oat 'n a boat". Oat 'n a boat is a super crushable (cool guy talk for easy drinking) light bodied Jarrylo APA. They say the  5.5% ABV beer is "Crisp, with subtle notes of banana, pear and fruity spice".

Uncle Leo's Brewery have renamed Winterschlaf to Ceilidh Ale and released it in cans. Uncle Leo's is slowly changing over to canning from bottles. 

Wayfarers' Ale Society are going to offer three of their beers in cans designed by us with the help of a local Horton High School artist Brianna Darton. Look for Ruby Ale, Hellene and One-Eyed River Hog in cans coming soon.

Another new brewery is getting ready to open in Elmsdale this summer. Chill Street Fresh Beer and Cider Market is hoping to open in June in their own spot but inside Sobey's. They will be a welcome addition to Hants County, look for details on their brewery to start being released immediately. 

2 Crows Brewing has a couple of events coming up this week end. Tonight is a Tap Takeover at The Stubborn Goat GastropubLook for 8-10 beers on tap, beer sampling with special pricing on beer flights. 
Brewer's Brunch with 2 Crows Brewing also at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub on Saturday. It is a ticketed event that includes four 12 oz Beers from 2 Crows as well as four food pairings (with dessert!). Tickets are $39.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Argyler Lodge is hosting Brewer's Kitchen Party with Boxing Rock tomorrow in Argyle NS. It is a four course meal, each course paired with a beer from Boxing Rock and entertainment by Aldric Robicheau. This one will run you $45 per person. 

The Grand Banker Bar & Grill is hosting Winemaker Vs. Brewmaster V on April 29th. It is a taste-off between Hanspeter Stutz, of Grand Pré Wines and Emily Tipton of Boxing Rock Brewing, who will each receive Grand Bankers culinary team's five course menu in advance, with the mission to put their best pairing forward for each course and present them to diners.It is beer vs. wine and you are the judge. Vote with a beer cap or a wine cork after each pairing. It includes five wines, five brews, and five courses. $95 + tax & gratuity. 

Lastly, our favourite craft beer bar Stillwell has a tap takeover from Danish gypsy brewery To Øl Beer tomorrow from Noon to the kegs blow.

Have a fantastic week end and week and i will be back next week. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Picaroons launches Dooryard Ale for 2017

(Fredericton, NB) - Picaroons is launching this years Dooryard Summer Wheat Ale on Saturday April 22, Earth Day, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. The beer is sporting a new label this year and launch will be in Picaroons' new events space at the brewery on Union Street.
They’ll have some local snacks provided by Locavore Foods, they’ll have some washer toss, Urban Teaching Farm Project ,The Ville Cooperatives Community Gardening Initiatives as well as spinning records, Picaroons will also have Dooryard available to sample and/or purchase for $5 for a 16 oz pint.
The new label was illustrated by Lise Hansen from Bonfire Stories, the image is inspired by an actual photo they found at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (*Credit line: George Taylor fond P5-479). Simply entitled “Musicians on a raft, playing banjos on the river above Fredericton”, the photo was almost definitely taken in the 1890s. 
The beer will continue to be made with organic malts and hops but will no longer be certified as being organic due to rising costs and requirements to be certified. 

Schoolhouse Brewing opening new Brewery


(Windsor, NS) - After years of operating in Falmouth Schoolhouse Brewing will be opening its new larger facility in downtown Windsor on April 29th. This will be the start of regular retail hours at the 40 Water Street that will house the 10 BBL brewhouse, retail space as well as a taproom. They have also teamed up with Bullfrog Power to support clean, green and renewable electricity.

You can bring your own or grab a pre-filled growlers at the brewery or they will fill any clean growler (22, 32, or 64 oz or 0.65, 950 or 1.89 litre). On tap will be four ounce samples of the first draughts brewed on site of Principal Ale, Chequers Ale and Scotian Export. In addition they will  also have bomber bottles of all the first draughts and Big Red Schoolhouse.
Future plans include serving full pints, once they have a beverage permit, that will include six Schoolhouse taps and three other taps from Nova Scotia breweries for onsite consumption as well as bands and vinyl nights at the brewery.

The opening hours are:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 3.20 - 8
Wednesday - 3.20 - 8
Thursday - 3.20 - 8
Friday - 3.20 - 8
Saturday 11 - 8
Sunday 11 - 8

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MBR April 14, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Hope everyone is well stocked up for the long week end, it is a very slow news week but understandable given the large amount of releases as of late and of course the weed end.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault released John Glazier SMaSH (single malt and single hop) , which means one variety of malt from MaltBroue and one variety of hop from Aroostook Hops. Now available on tap at the brewtique.

Foghorn Brewing released Skeeter, an Imperial Amber Ale that comes in at 5.7% and 40 IBUs. They say it is Malt-forward with a nice bitter streak. Available now.

The Moncton Craft Brewers Collective will be taking over the Tide & Boar Gastropub on April 22nd. Only Beer From the Collective will be on tap, brewers will be hanging out at the bar will be pouring flights of beer.

Have a great week end and I will be back next week. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

MBR April 13, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


Welcome to the April 13th edition of the Maritime Beer report Nova Scotia edition. Spring is here, the Leafs are in the playoffs and all is right in the world. 

Schoolhouse Brewery is having a soft opening on April 26 and 27 from 7 PM to 9 PM with regular hours starting on the 29th.Regular hours are 11-8 week ends and 3.20 (when school is out) to 8 PM week daysfor retail. There will be a Facebook event posted next week. Regular hours would be 3.20 (when school is out) to 8 . The tap room, once open will increase the open hours.

2 Crows Brewing has a tap takeover on today at Battery Park Beer Bar. Here is the full tap list that ncludes four beers that will be released for the very first time at the event. 
1. Pollyanna - Wild NE IPA
2. Liesse - Table Beer
3. Pecadillo - Oat Pilsner
4. Innisfree - Rustic Saison
5. Midnight Mood - American Dry-Hopped Porter
6. Fantacity - Witbier
7. Lil' Miguel - Aztec Milk Stout
8. Linnea - Finnish Imperial Stout
9. Neon Nights - Strong Brett Beer with Burnt Citrus
10. Shakedown - Brett Porter
11. Crosswired - Wine Yeast + Wild Yeast Pale Ale
12. Smackwater Jack - Quince Farmhouse Ale
13. Parklife - Double White IPA with Brett - Brewed in Collaboration with Battery Park
14. CASK - Smooth Sailing - Azacca and Belma American Pale Ale

Good Robot Brewing is releasing a beer to celebrate Earth Day next week end. the gruit ale (Work With Whatcha Got Gruit) featuring only organic grain (both summer and winter pale 2 row from Horton Ridge Malt & Grain) only NS hops (Fundy Hops centennial and chinook) along with red maple sap and buds, white and yellow birch bark (toasted and toasted), harvested by Erica Fraser in the patch of woods by her house. To be released Sunday April 23d at noon for their Earth Day Hangover event. (They have a Beer & Vinyl event on actual Earth Day). Also with heather tips, but they came from Scotland and in a package, which Erica says is less interesting.
Erica says she will "likely only be doing beta brews that feature locally harvested or cultivated ingredients from here on in, so you can expect them to get more and more strange, and hopefully delicious."
GRBco also has Goseface Killah and Leave Me Blue are back on tap.

After about two years of brewing at Nook and Cranny Brew Pub management has decided to expand their brewing capacity and are introducing Salty Dog Brewing Company brand. The brewing for Salty Dog will remain in the Nook and Cranny using a SmartBrew System comprised of four 5 BBL fermenters and when the new company opens next door at 615 Prince Street in late May they will also have tasting room, retail space as well as growler fill ups. Owner Derek Forsyth says it will be the "same great beer, new name – and lots of new flavour experiences coming your way".
Expect to see the Salty Dog brand to be available on May 15th at the Nook and Cranny and BellyUp BBQ & Grill and a few select Truro establishments will have the beer on tap around the end of May or the first of June.
Look for them to brew Pale Ale, Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Vanilla Porter, White IPA, Coffee Stout, Black IPA, Session Ale and a Cider. The first three beers on the list will be available in 473 ml cans as well as on tap and available for growler fills on June 1st.

North Brewing Company released Malternate Reality today. A multigrain IPA brewed with spelt, wheat and oats. Dry hopped with Azacca, Belma and Columbus. Full bodied, with notes of juicy peach, pineapple and passion fruit. It is available in both both shops now. 

Sea Level Brewing released its seasonal Acadian Cross Extra Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV. The beer is to commemorate expulsion of more than 2,000 Acadians from Grand-Pré in 1755. 

Trider's Craft Beer has been very busy of late and released White Ogre as they say "for all you Hop lovers asking for an IPA" This White IPA is a cloudy wheat beer with nice citrus flavours, coriander, and "hops hops hops". It is a one time brew so get it while it's here in 500ml stubbies and Growler fills.

Wayfarers' Ale Society has a couple of new beers out. The River Piglet is a 4.8% ABV and 28 IBUs pale ale that has a full aroma but less bitter IPA and the Sassy Ginger which is a light beer with a bite and ginger follow through taste. Get them at the brewery now. 

Have a great long week end and see you next week. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Salty Dog Brewing Opening in Truro

(Truro, NS) - After about two years of brewing at Nook and Cranny Brew Pub management has decided to expand their brewing capacity and are introducing Salty Dog Brewing Company brand. The brewing for Salty Dog will remain in the Nook and Cranny using a SmartBrew System comprised of four 5 BBL fermenters and when the new company opens next door at 615 Prince Street in late May they will also have tasting room, retail space as well as growler fill ups. Owner Derek Forsyth says it will be the "same great beer, new name – and lots of new flavour experiences coming your way".

Expect to see the Salty Dog brand to be available on May 15th at the Nook and Cranny and BellyUp BBQ & Grill and a few select Truro establishments will have the beer on tap around the end of May or the first of June.

Look for them to brew Pale Ale, Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Vanilla Porter, White IPA, Coffee Stout, Black IPA, Session Ale and a Cider. The first three beers on the list will be available in 473 ml cans as well as on tap and available for growler fills on June 1st.


Friday, April 7, 2017

MBR April 7, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Happy April everyone, although the nice weather hasn't quite found us yet the beer producers are very busy. 

Bagtown Brewing After a successful soft launch on April 1st they are having a Launch Event Saturday on April 8th from 8 to 10 PM.
The whole team will be at  Ducky's pub to celebrate their official launch party with some great beer and live music. The doors will be open to the ticket holders from 8 PM with the doors opening to the general public at 9 PM. Tickets are expected to go fast so buy them as soon as you can.

Red Rover Craft Cider has a new cider they will be releasing next week. Orchard Reserve 2016 is a English Extra Dry cider that is a warming 7.2% ABV. Red Rover carefully chose the best apples NB has to offer for this craft cider. A slow fermentation followed by ageing for six months enhances the subtle spice and delicate honey notes of their favorite heritage Russet and Crab apples. A total of 400 bottles were produced and will be sold only at their Ciderhouse and Farmers Markets for $16.50.

Big Tide Brewing says they will be bringing some really special beer for this year's Saint John Beerfest. They will have their Down East Brewing Awards Gold Medal winning Chocolate Amaretto Porter, their collaboration with Petit Sault Malobiannah Gruit, and Crystal One-fifTEA, brewed especially for the event. This 5.9% ABV light golden, refreshing, crisp and citrusy ale was brewed with pilsener and wheat malts in the grist. An incredibly smooth bitterness and flavour comes from the kettle addition of Saint John’s very own King Cole Tea (celebrating 150 years), complimented with the delicate and citrusy flavour from bergamot and marigold in Earl Grey. They worked with Darlings Island Farm on the test batch to determine the best hops to enhance the floral and citrusy flavours from the tea, and 12 IBUs come from late editions of mild, herbal Saazer and wonderfully aromatic Crystal hops.

Flying Boats Brewing launched Stagecoach Amber Ale this week. It is named after the early pioneering stagecoach transportation services linking southern NB towns and villages. This beer will be launched at the Saint John Beerfest this Saturday April 8th but will also be available at the Saint John Ale House, Britt's Pub and Eatery, as well as the Barrel's Head in Rothesay. Kegs are also destined for the James Joyce Pub and Graystone Brewing in Fredericton, and Ducky's Pub in Sackville. A collaboration brew with Craig Pinhey, this Amber Ale imparts a heavy caramel flavor together with a unique raisin-like characteristic and bittered with NB grown Cascade hops and is 5.5% and 29 IBUs.

Graystone Brewing is donating $1 from every sale of Ridgeback IPA in the taphouse and at The Capital Complex to their neighbours The Royal Canadian Legion leading up to the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
They also have a new beer, Alpen IPL. It is an amber India Pale Lager with ample bitterness and a clean, soft mouthfeel that weighs in at 6% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Loyalist City Brewing says that after some great feedback from their local beer drinkers, and new inventory, they have made some adjustments to their hop series base recipe. They were finally able to line up a reliable supply of the infamous “Vermont” yeast strain, and will now be using it to ferment all their hop series beer. The Vermont strain produces a fruity ester profile reminiscent of peaches and light citrus that complements the hop profile in American and New World IPAs nicely. However, what this strain is undoubtedly best known for is the resulting cloudiness in the beer that follows when hops are added during primary fermentation resulting in the classic New England IPA appearance. They have also bumped up the alcohol content and hopping rates in their hop series to produce a beer with more body and increased hop flavor and aroma.
First up in the revised Hop Series is Summer, an Australian hop produced from the Saaz lineage. Summer is a distinct hop used primarily for its balanced citrus and stone fruit flavor and aroma. When used for dry hopping, the finished beer has pleasant apricot and melon notes. Summer’s flavor and aroma profile are complimented nicely by the esters produced from the Vermont strain to result in an easy drinking and unique New England IPA with 5.5% ABV and 65IBUs.

Maybee Brewing has a new beer for the summer weather. Tailwind Session Ale is a New England Style session IPA with Mosaic hops and Vermont Yeast. It is a crushable 4.8% ABV session IPA just in time for the nice weather. Available now.

Picaroons Traditional Ales says it is that time of the year again and they need your cat's face. Send them a Hi-res picture to compete in their Melonhead Cat Contest where your cat could be on this years Melonhead label. Check out the details on facebook.

Savoie's Brewhouse announced the a couple of new wheat beers. Heron Island Orange Wheat and Restigouche River Raspberry Wheat, both 5% ABV, will be released next Friday at the brewery.

Trailway Brewing debuted a brand new Porter. They say "Think pale chocolate, roasted, coffee with a medium body and a relatively dry and crisp finish keeping this highly drinkable. Like a good cup of coffee!" It is the first Porter brewed at Trailway and this brew will not be canned but instead will be making it's way around the province for next week's growler program but there will be kegs in the tasting room of the 4.7% ABV ale.

That is all for this week, have a great week end and see you next Friday.

MBR April 7, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


Baseball is here but spring seems to be taking her good sweet time. Here is the beer news for you for the first week of April.

2 Crows Brewing is tapping their one-and-only keg of Sunny Days, a sunflower seed brett saison on Saturday at noon. Brewed with sunflower seeds that the brewer Jeremy malted himself, and fermented with a combination of brett brux and a funky saison yeast. The beer is 7.1% ABV and  27 IBUs and will be available by the glass only.
Don't forget 2 Crows Tap Takeover at Battery Park Beer Bar on April 13th. 

Garrison Brewing is having a five course dinner at harbourstone sea grill and pour house on April 27th. each course will be paired with and IPA. $55.00 gets you a ticket to this event. 

Lazy Bear Brewing has released a couple of new beers. The Once-Over IPA is a 5.8% ABV dry hopped with Cascade, Chinook and Wild Turkey. 
They also released Folly wild IPA that comes in at 6.2% ABV. It has lucious tropical fruity flavor and aroma.

Schoolhouse Brewery have three brews under their belt at the new brewery and one has been released. Chequers Porter was first out of the gate and has been making its way to taps. Lots of news on the way real soon. 

Spindrift Brewing has its Gold Medal winning Barrel of Cherries ready for sale. It spent 12 months in red wine oak barrels, racked on sour cherries, put in 1100 bottles and labeled. It is on sale at their taproom for 12.99 by the bomber.

Trider's Craft Beer says the sap is flowing at Hidden Mountain Maple Farms, which means that spring is finally here and with it brings Maccan Maple Beer. Available now at the brewery. 

The crew from Heritage Brewing were checking out Meander River Farm Brewery this week. they area a new and coming soon to Yarmouth. I will be talking to them soon. 

That is all I have for this week. Watch for news soon on Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week and have a great week. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bagtown Brewing opens in Sackville NB

(Sackville, NB) - I recently talked to Robbie Baxter, President, of Bagtown Brewing about New Brunswick's newest nanobrewery. The new Sackville brewery is student owned and operated spawning from a senior commerce course at Mount Allison University. The company was conceived about a year ago and after many months of hard work it has come to fruition. They also acknowledge some great help from Tatamagouche Brewing and Flying Boats Brewing.

Bagtown will initially brewing one beer following the credo do one thing and do it well on a 10 gallon system at a space in Sackville Commons & Coworking (former fire hall and RCMP detachment). 

Their first beer is Wobbly Duck and is a medium bodied English Pale Ale with a low carbonation. It is golden in colour with a moderate hop aroma and a mild bitterness. You will be able to taste a mix of fruity, earthy and malty flavours with a smooth finish.

After a successful soft launch on April 1st they are having a Launch Event Saturday on April 8th from 8 to 10 PM. 

The Bagtown Crew (Photo by Jillian Edwards)
The whole team will be at  Ducky's pub to celebrate their official launch party with some great beer and live music. The doors will be open to the ticket holders from 8 PM with the doors opening to the general public at 9 PM. Tickets are expected to go fast so buy them as soon as you can.

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Five Years


Photo by Chris Stapleton Photography
Fredericton Craft Beer Festival celebrated its fifth successful year last month. The festival had two sessions on Saturday March 11th where 58 breweries from six provinces poured over 220 different beers, ciders, and meads. Over 5200 litres of beer was served to about 1,750 people. The event has become as popular with brewers as craft beer fans as a week end to reconnect and meet brewers from around the region. 
Their slogan says "It's all about the beer. Pure, simple." but it also raised over $20, 000 dollars for charities including primarily Diabetes Canada with additional amounts to Wounded Warriors Canada, NS Down Syndrome, Heart and Stroke and Children's Wish.  
Hats off to Lloyd Chambers, Nicole McCarty their army of 50 loyal volunteers and promoting good beer and good deeds. 
Mark your calendars when it returns on March 10, 2018. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MBR March 31, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Here is the beer news for March 31st for New Brunswick.

Bagtown Brewing is excited to announce that their beer is finally available for the public to taste. Join the Bagtown team tomorrow night, April 1st, at Ducky's pub where Wobbly Duck will be on tap for the first time. Beer will be served starting at 8 PM but there will be a very limited supply available for tomorrow's tasting. If you can't make it tomorrow night don't worry, their official launch party will be announced next week. 

Big Axe Brewery has its latest beer on tap at the brewery today and tomorrow. Stone Maple Amber is made with 100% maple sap from Stone Family Maple Products of the historic Pokiok sugary. 

Big Tide Brewing has released their Sunset Raspberry Wheat and it is available on tap and in growlers. They say this 5.8 ABV and 19 IBUs wheat beer is refreshing and delicious.

Foghorn Brewing has added Bob's Your Uncle English IPA to the lineup. It is 6.5% and 65 IBUs and at the brewery now.

Picaroons Traditional Ales has a Oak aged Winter Warmer on tap now. They've just kegged off the last 1000L Winter Warmer for the season, though this 1000L has been sitting on Oak for 2 months. Picaroons says "Expect hints of black cherry and vanilla from the use of French oak in this beer's conditioning. Subtly boozy, this beer is a perfect fireside sipper to get you through these first few cold days of spring before the truly warmer weather hits". It's now on tap at The Picaroons Roundhouse and Picaroons Brewtique in Fredericton, on tap at The Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John , and on tap at The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse in St. Stephen. Try this limited oak aged Winter Warmer while it's available. 

I will be back next time. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

MBR March 31, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


Here is the beer news for March 31st in Nova Scotia. 

Garrison Brewing relaunched Barrel-Aged Ol’ Fog Burner today. A 650 ml bottle of this 11.5% ABV beer will retail for $15.95 at the brewery.  This extremely limited edition Barley Wine was aged in oak barrels that once held Glen Breton Rare Single-Malt Whiskey from Glenora Distillery. Vanilla and caramel notes offer a true taste of the Highlands.

On Sunday, April 2 Good Robot Brewing will have a Beta Brew release of Brewster Juice, which was brewed on International Womens’ Day by Kelly Costello with two Glee Club members and first-time brewers, Jenn and Allana. Brewster Juice is a SMaSH brew with 100% Canadian 2-Row and Glacier hops from Fundy, ‘dry-hopped’ with fresh raspberries. It is 4.2% and an apricot-gold colour.

2 Crows Brewing is flying across that harbour to take over Battery Park taps on April 13th. Final tap list is still in the works but they will have over 10 taps including a Battery Park collaboration brew that they will be launching at the event. Doors and taps open at 11:30 am, so better plan to get the day off work.

Big Spruce Brewing is releasing its Ra Ra Rasputin on Saturday with two events at Stillwell and Battery Park. There is going to be casks and different versions of the beer. It is also Big Spruces 4th Anniversary.

Granite Brewery has brought back their India Pale Ale for the spring. It is golden British style IPA, dry hopped with Fuggle hops (5.4% ABV). It can be purchased in 1L or 2L growlers at the beer store on Stairs Street.

Sober Island Brewing got their first brew in and was a brand new beer. They made a Blonde Ale, watch for details soon.  

Tatamagouche Brewing released the Tweed Wolf Brown IPA (7.1% ABV) at the brewery yesterday. 

Have a great week and I will be back next week.

Monday, March 27, 2017

NSLC Sees Large Influx of Local Craft Beer to Stores


(Halifax, NS) - The NSLC is excited about the development of the Nova Scotia craft beer industry and are preparing for a tidal wave of local beer hitting their shelves. By May they will have 42 Nova Scotia Craft Beer listings from 18 breweries in stores. Listings include many first time appearances including established brewers Big Spruce Brewing and North Brewing and many new brewers including Trider's Craft Beer, 2 Crows Brewing, and Downeast Beer Factory. The NSLC will also have Nova Scotia specific beer sections in stores. 
When the new listings are added Nova Scotia Craft Beer will constitute 19% of all NSLC beer listings. Currently local craft beer is 65% of their total craft beer sales and 3% of total beer sales overall. 
This move is great for all involved with local beer fans having greater access to regionally available brands, giving the brewers better access to consumers and the NSLC supporting and encouraging local brewers. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Garrison Brewing launches Infusion Confusion Chamomile IPA

Photo by Jess Murray 
(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing launched Infusion Confusion Chamomile IPA. This beer was the winner of last year’s Home Brew-Off and is in 650 ml bottles and clocks in at 6.3% ABV. Home Brew-Off winner “Mystical” Mark Power infuses dried chamomile flowers pre and post-boil along with Citra and Amarillo hops.
It will retail for $5.95 at the brewery and will follow at private stores and the NSLC shortly.

Nova Scotia Craft Brewers create Collaboration Ale

(Halifax, NS) - The Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia (CBANS) are going back to their Scottish roots with the brewing of Collaboration Ale. They say in regards to creating it "With so many great brewers and marketing minds involved, the deliberation was rigorous and an 80/- (eighty shilling) Scottish ale was the result". 
The ale is deep amber in colour brewed with Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Company pale malt and Scottish Ale yeast for a malty, spicy, complex character that comes in at 4.7 % ABV and 15 IBUs, 
Friday, March 31, starting at Noon, Good Robot Brewing will be hosting the release of the ale featuring the only kegs of Collaboration Ale as well as 48 cans of beer that will be given to the first 48 patrons. There will also be an announcement of Craft Beer Week events, Scotch hot dogs from T-DOGS, and attendance of some of your favourite brewers. 
The 3rd Annual Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week will be May 5-14 and proceeds from the beer go toward funding CBANS initiatives. 



Friday, March 24, 2017

MBR March 24, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Here is the beer news for the first week of Spring??

A reminder Upstreet Craft Brewing is releasing a new beer next week. Go Devil is an American IPA with a tempting hoppy flavour and a fun fresh finish. Weighs in 6.66% ABV and 43 IBU's.

Big Axe Brewery says the Maple sap is running and they are ready to make their annual Maple Amber. Enhanced and renamed to "Maple Stone Amber" brewed with 100% maple sap from Stone Family Maple Products of the historic Pokiok sugary. Watch for the release date. 

Graystone Brewing has a new pale ale for you all to try. Lost Pale is 4.9% ABV, 50 IBUs and hopped with Czech Saaz and Fuggles. This pale is a light easy drinking beer with some spicy notes from the saaz.

Hammond River Brewing introduced Mount Carleton Grapefruit IPA. The American IPA was brewed exclusively with Summit hops giving it wonderful citrus aromas of Orange, Tangerine and Grapefruit. Since Summit hops were used, and Mount Carleton is the highest Summit in the Maritimes, the name seemed fitting. Also added to this beer was lots of freshly zested Grapefruit peel. This IPA is 6.5% ABV, hopped to 60 IBUs, and will be at HRB tap accounts this week.

Loyalist City Brewing have released the second batch of their flagship beer, Lupulus Interruptus. They have refined their recipe to produce an even hoppier, crisp American style IPA. Hopped with as much Citra, Cascade, and Simcoe that they could fit in a batch. Limited release. 
They also have their first release for the spring season, Württemberg Weissbier. This classic German weissbier, or hefeweizen, is brewed with 100% German malt, hops, and yeast to create an authentic, refreshing, and flavourful ale.
Württemberg Weissbier is a medium bodied, highly carbonated, refreshing German mit hefe weissbier that has a sweet bread like flavour complimented by banana and clove flavours from our Bavarian yeast strain. German malted wheat and pilsner malt is mashed together in a traditional three-part step mash to produce a wort that promotes the development of the unique banana and clove flavours that complement the complex wheat body of the finished beer. The mash is done in soft water that replicates the water found in Pilsen, Germany to allow the natural flavour of the wheat to come through and be complimented by the subtle floral hop aroma.
The finished beer is gold in colour with a fine haze, and a pleasing banana-clove aroma that is complimented by moderate bready malt flavour from the German wheat and Pilsner malt. Named after Württemberg, Germany the historical German territory that was home to the majority of the German-Canadian settlers that helped to colonize the Atlantic Canadian provinces. Württemberg Weissbier is brewed according to the 500-year-old German traditions of the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity law, that shaped modern brewing techniques across the world.
Look for this to be hitting the taps soon with an early release Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub.

Slow news week, have a good week end and I will be back next week with the news. 


MBR March 24, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


Boy I am glad I have beer given the "spring" weather we are getting. Here is the craft news for March 24th. 

Unfiltered Brewing says Riddle of Steel is back. This beer is a west-coast IPA made with Vermont Ale yeast and rings in at 7% ABV. 

Propeller Brewing launched Canada 150 Initiative: Brew Patriot Love yesterday. They are calling on brewers and breweries of every shape and size to join together as a community to mark Canada 150 through The Great Canadian Lager Challenge. They want them their best beer and release it on July 1, 2017. The more “Canadian” you can make it — the better. Beyond a Canada 150 toast on July 1, they’re inviting everyone to send a six-pack (or two) to the celebrity-judged “Great Canadian Lager Challenge”, held July 14th & 15th as part of Propeller Brewing Co’s 20th Anniversary celebration in Halifax, NS.
Awards & recognition will be given for
(1) Most Patriotic Canadian Beer; and
(2) Best use of local ingredients, icons and/or story.
More details can be found at WWW.BREWPATRIOTLOVE.CA

Next Friday, March 31 marks the release of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia Collaboration Ale, a beer brewed by the members of CBANS in an effort to show solidarity for their 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week. They are going back to their Scottish roots with a Scottish ale.  Collaboration Ale is deep amber in colour and exhibits rich, sweet caramel maltiness, a touch of fruit and a crisp, dry finish.  Coming in at 4.7 % ABV and 15 IBUs.  Best of all, proceeds from the beer go toward funding CBANS initiatives throughout 2017 and beyond.
Good Robot will be hosting a release party featuring the release of the only kegs of the Collaboration Ale, 48 cans of beer free to the first 48 patrons, announcement of Craft Beer Week events, a Scotch hot dog from T-DOGS, and attendance of some of your favourite brewers. Open at noon.

Good Robot Brewing is bringing back one of their favourite beers. Extra BIG-ASS Beer, Oktoberfest "Camacho" lager, this crisp yet rich and complex lager is ideal for the Halifax fringe season. It is 5.2% ABV and 24 IBUs. 

Garrison Brewing relaunched In Session ISA this week. The beer is at the brewery and will be launching at the NSLC in early April.
They also launched last year’s Home Brew Off winner Infusion Confusion Chamomile IPA. Winner “Mystical” Mark Power infuses dried chamomile flowers pre & post-boil with Citra and Amarillo hops to create this unique IPA. The 6.3% ABV beer will retail for $5.95 at the brewery and will follow at private stores and the NSLC shortly.

FirkinStein Brewing have signed a lease for space on King Street in Bridgewater for a retail store and small brew set-up. I will bring more details on the opening when I have them. 

Meander River Farm have released Barn Swallow Farmhouse Ale. It is 5.5% ABV and made with 100% Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co. malt. It is golden in colour and true to the Belgian style, this brew has fruit and spice aromas and flavours, alongside a mild but present hop character. Fermented slower and longer, Barn Swallow is dry with an almost pilsner like crispness. 

North Brewing have a new beer, White Lightning version 2.0. This time around it is dry-hopped with Belma hops. It is available at their retail stores now. Also, Battery Park Beer Bar now has lunch by Ace Burger 7 Days a Week. 

Annapolis Cider Company has a new 'Something Different' and their retail location. Toasted Oak & Maple was crafted from their signature cool-fermented dry cider that was aged over French oak and balanced with juice from freshly-pressed Golden Russet and McIntosh apples, as well as a touch of valley-sourced maple syrup. The result is a 7.9% ABV sparkling cider that blends the subtle notes of toasted oak, caramel and vanilla with the flavour of tart apples and a hint maple on the finish. $0.50 from each refill will support Global Brigades. The Acadia University Chapter is a student lead, mobile health and dental initiative, providing annual mobile clinics in Honduras.

Have a great week end and I will be back next week. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MBR March 17, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition


Happy Saint Patrick's Day, hope you are all having a great day. Here is the last report of winter. 

PEI Brewing announced their new beer Patience, a limited edition Dry-Hopped Brett Saison, Launch and Tap Takeover at HopYard on March 25 from 4 PM until Midnight. In addition to the tap takeover there will be live entertainment and a few special dishes from HopYard's Chef Jane Crawford and MHG's Chef Adam Loo

Music Lineup
-Bridgette Blanchard 
-NUDIE 
-Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling
-Brett Gallant

Patience was brewed in late September to allow for long term aging on brettanomyes, to give enough time for the strain to develop its complex flavour and aroma. In addition, this beer is dryhopped with Mosaic and Citra at a rate of 2g/L to add additional complexity and fruitiness.

Upstreet Craft Brewing is having its Go Devil Release Party on March 30th. Go Devil is an American IPA with a tempting hoppy flavour and a fun fresh finish. 
The event lineup 
5-8pm - Music by Dave Woodside and Josh Carter
Come listen to the tunes of a couple of Joey's favourite local acts
8-9pm - Improv Comedy by Popalopalots
The Island's longest running Improv troupe will perform. Don't be surprised if they call on one or two people from the audience.
9-9:30pm - Speed Friending 
Get to know a few new faces in quick two-minute rounds of Speed Friending! We'll provide some conversation topics.
9:30-11pm - Karaoke

Big Axe Brewery announced Big Axe Craft Beer Festival coming July 15th. The tickets to the beer event are on sale now and feature 20+ of East Coast finest producers of craft alcohol with special brewery and cidery guests from Nova Scotia, PEI and Maine.
Thay are also released their Maple Bourbon Porter, The 5.4% ABV beer is made with local maple syrup from Dumfries Maples.

Distillerie Fils du Roy are launching a new beer on March 25. The new Brown Ale called Capt. Craig will be officially unveiled at the Soirée noir et blanc Richelieu in Bathurst. 
The back story from the brewery is "In the past, large vessels arrived from distant and unknown ports and entered the Bay of Chaleur to the most remote villages. When these vessels approached the coast, they brought their sails and picked a flag which meant that they needed an experienced pilot to help approaching the coast. At that time, there was no lights, no buoys, no aid to navigation and most importantly, no dock. Once the ship is firmly anchored in a safe place, they went in search of furs.
These Marauders liked the Aboriginal villages, because they knew that the inhabitants were vulnerable, easy to operate. Aboriginal people exchanged their valuable pelts against novelties and items without value. Among these pirates, the infamous captain Craig was certainly the best known. Legend has it that captain Craig entered at the beginning of the 19th century the waters of Chaleur Bay, he would have gone too far one day and would have kidnapped two young Aboriginal girl in nebulous drawings.
Released from their attackers, they returned to the shore but cast a spell to the ship which strayed from sides. Captain Craig and his crew perished struck by a suddenly dismantled sea. And since this tragedy, when the weather is similar to that of that fateful day, the boat of Captain Craig can be seen in the form of boat fire nicknamed the ship Phantom Ship!"

Flying Boats Brewing hosted Craig Pinhey to brew a hybrid Amber Ale with a Special (B) Belgian malt (raisin-like flavour characteristics) and NB grown Cascade hops to balance the raisin sweetness. They will launch at Saint John Beerfest on April 8th. and a few select pubs. Stay tuned.

Foghorn Brewing released Xylem Maple Rye Ale (5.7 ABV). It is what they came up with their friends at Briggs Maples.

Grimross Brewing released Dumfries Maples Brown Ale It has a slight roasty and sweet maple finish (5.5 ABV). They also released their new Scratch #3: Wakatu Dry Hopped Saison. This one is hopped with New Zealand Wakatu hops and Citra. This beer has a lot of citrus taste and checks in at 5.6%. Get them now at the brewery.

Picaroons Traditional Ales released just in time for St. Patrick's Day, introducing, The Leprechaunundrum. This new 1-off beer is a dark and bitter 6.5% ABV ale. Dry and full bodied, yet fruity due the generous amounts of Galaxy hops and of course our good ol' Ringwood yeast. It is now on tap at The Picaroons Roundhouse, The Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John, and The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse. It may be on tap at some other locations around the maritimes in the coming days. While supplies last. 

Tide and Boar Brewing collaborated with Trites Maples to brew a special beer using their local maple syrup. Herbie Married a Trites Double Maple Stout is a sweet stout has an intense roasted flavor with rich maple syrup. Available now while supplies last- with another batch being released next week.

A lot of great things going on, have a great week. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

MBR March 17, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition


Happy Saint Paddy's day, here is the report for this week in Nova Scotia. 
Good Robot Brewing now has Red Moon Landing on tap. The beer was brewed by their Femme Staff. The beer was to be released last week for FemmeBot: Taproom Takeover event, but it wasn't quite ready. This fruity, strong, tropical beer is an homage to Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan—mathematicians responsible for critical calculations in launching NASA space missions.
Today marks the return of  Dave & Morley Coffee Brown. This version features Rwanda Kanzu coffee rather than Rwanda Gisuma for a chocolatey, woody, and bourbon-y character.
They also sent a little teaser. They've installed Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels to which the Tom Waits for No One (American Stout) and Mississippi Goddam (American barleywine) will be transferred. Watch here for details. 

Boxing Rock Brewing and rogue brewer Karen Allen and she came up with a terrific idea for a stout using a "secret" recipe.My Mate, Secret Recipe Stout is "a beautiful dry Stout that hits all the right notes: big, dark, roasty, malty, with just the right type of bitterness to balance out the big malt character, and then there's that je-ne-sais-quois character that makes it so mouth-fillingly chewy and big." This is all wrapped up in a beer with just 5.5% ABV.
Lastly the six finalists for the Black Box Challenge 2017 were picked. Final judging is at on Sunday afternoon at Stillwell. 

Roof Hound Brewing has an Irish Cream version of their Handsome Devil Coffee Milk Porter. Only one keg exists so get in and try it out. This one is jazzed up with almonds, vanilla bean and Irish whisky and is 7% ABV.

Schoolhouse Brewery had a successful first brew day at their new brewery. The Windsor location takes one more step toward opening. 

Spindrift Brewing has released Killick Session Lager in cans, that I mentioned last week, at the brewery. Look for them at NSLC soon. 

Tatamagouche Brewing is doing a tap take over tomorrow at La Torta Pizzeria in Wolfville on March 18th, starting at 2 PM. Twelve different taps, door prizes, live music and no cover charge.

Bulwark Ciders released The People’s Cider Project over the week end. As you may recall Bulwark encouraged folks from around the province to donate apples from their property toward a new Bulwark cider. The apples were pressed and fermented resulting in a rustic cider expressing true terroir, apple blossom aromas, pear, clover honey with a crisp, dry finish. This year’s People’s Cider is 7.8% ABV and will be available at private retailers and the NSLC's Port of Wines location.

Have a great week and what ever you do be safe and kind.