Friday, November 17, 2017

Trailway Brewing debuts Velvet Fog Milkshake IPA

Photo from Trailway Brewing 
(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing debuted Velvet Fog today, their take on a milkshake IPA. This version was brewed with a ton of oats, a healthy dose of lactose, exclusively El Dorado hops to maximize juicy fruitiness, as well as peaches, apricots and pure vanilla. Trailway says "With intentionally low carbonation, mouthfeel is off the charts, insane creamy and thick. None of the ingredients are at the forefront but rather work together to create one massive killer balanced aroma of tropical fruit, peaches, bubble gum and vanilla". On sale now and is a super drinkable at 6.5% ABV.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Big Spruce Brewing produces 100% Nova Scotia Beer

(Nyanza, NS) - Big Spruce Brewing is producing its 100% Nova Scotia ingredient beer, One Hundred. This year partnering with Horton Ridge Grain & Malt Company to produce a one-off, canned batch of their beer that features their wild proprietary yeast that they cultivated from a pin cherry near the brewery, organic hops grown on their own farm at Big Spruce, and organic barley and rye grown in the Valley at Horton Ridge and also malted there.
photo from Big Spruce Brewing
One Hundred and will be hosting the launch of this new limited-release beer this week. On Thursday November 16 there will be an all day tap takeover at Westside Beer Wine Spirits in Halifax with a free tasting of One Hundred from 5 PM to 7 PM. On Saturday the 18th there is a tap takeover and official launch at Horton Ridge Grain & Malt Company from 3 PM to 6 PM with live music and Rustic Crust Food Truck at 4 PM. 
The special cans will land in nine select NSLC stores the week of November 20th. Look for the beer at Quinpool Road, Bayers Lake, Tantallon, Sydney River, Sydney Prince Street, Forest Hills, Bridgewater, New Minas and  The Port By The NSLC

Friday, November 10, 2017

Courage (For Gord Downie) Amber Wheat Ale Released

(Halifax & Shelburne, NS) - As announced last month, Boxing Rock Brewing and Garrison Brewing released Courage (For Gord Downie) Amber Wheat Ale today at both breweries. The 2000 bottle limited release beer will be in 650 ml bottles featuring a label art by graphic artist Erin McGuire of his Tragically Hip-inspired artwork ‘By the Numbers’ with $1 from each bottle will go directly to causes close to Gord, $0.50 to Brain Tumour research and $0.50 to Indigenous Peoples Reconciliation. 
Available now at the breweries and private liquor stores in HRM and in limited quantities at the NSLC on November 20th. 

Annapolis Cider releases Juniperry: Unfiltered Sparkling Perry

(Wolfville, NS) - Annapolis Cider has a new cider in their Something Different series. Juniperry is a 6.5% ABV unfiltered sparkling perry made exclusively from local hand-picked Flemish Beauty pears and infused with wild-foraged juniper berries.Flemish Beauty pears, an heirloom variety prized for its delicate flavour and fragrant aroma, were fresh-pressed and the pear juice underwent an arrested fermentation. Juniper berries, the seeds from coniferous juniper trees which give gin its distinctive flavour, were foraged from Peggy’s Cove and Prospect Bay, and then crushed and immersed in the perry for flavour extraction. The result is a pale-hued perry with a delicate woodsy aroma and a complex palate of sweet pear and balmy pine with a hint of citrus. $0.50 from each refill of Juniperry will be donated at the Town of Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department.

Trider's Craft Beer Releases Honey Chaga-Lug Brown Ale

(Amherst, NS) - Trider's Craft Beer released Honey Chaga-Lug Brown Ale this week. It is an earthy, crisp, refreshing Northern English Brown Ale that has steeped Chaga harvested by Shawee, a real life Lumberjack, giving it a deep brown colour. They topped it off with copious amounts of Nappan Wildflower Honey, so you’ll also catch a light bodied honey tartness. The secret blend of hops were grown right here in Amherst by locally notorious home brewer Jeff SmithTriders  are stocked with Growlers and Grunters and have 500 ml bottles soon. 

Propeller Brewing Releases Latest Beer in its Small Batch "Hop Series"

(Halifax, NS) - Propeller Brewing says the second release in their Gottingen Small Batch "Hop Series" is a spotlight on Idaho-7, an experimental hop variety from Jackson Hop Farm in Wilder, Idaho. IDAHO-7 Extra Pale Ale bursts with complex fruit and citrus aromas of apricot and orange and finishes with a subtle backdrop of resiny pine and the slightest things of black tea. IDAHO-7 XPA is available at both Halifax & Dartmouth breweries for growler fills now and is a 5% ABV and 40 IBU beer.
Propeller also has their cask night tonight where they will be tapping a pin of cask conditioned Honey Wheat Ale, aged with black raspberries. The cask goes live at 5 PM, sharp at the Gottingen Tasting Room.

Trailway Brewing Releases Binary IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - It seems with Trailway Brewing there is a new release every week and this week is no exception. They released their latest IPA, Binary, brewed with 100% Golden Promise malt and 100% El Dorado hops. Trailway says it has "Incredible juice, candied-fruit character with aromatics that would rival anything produced under this roof, honestly". 
The 6% ABV ale has cans available at the brewery only and kegs will see some distribution to your local watering holes.

Saltbox Brewing Releases Limited Edition Three Churches Cans

(Mahone Bay, NS) - On Friday, November 10th at 6 PM Saltbox Brewing will be releasing their limited edition Three Churches can. Saltbox says it is "Filled with Holy Mackerel [Pale Ale] of course. A portion of all proceeds will be given to the Three Churches Foundation, that helps keep the iconic three churches on the Mahone Bay waterfront picturesque as well as the streetscape.

Monday, November 6, 2017

AKA Beer Opens nanobrewery in Bathurst

AKA Beer
(Bathurst, NB) - AKA Beer has quietly opened after two years of planning and went on tap at Au Bootlegger at 100 Main Street in Bathurst. 
The AKA Beer name comes from the initials of its 3 founders, Adam, Kyle and Andy Hodnett. The  small nanobrewery will be focusing on unique small-batch draught. Their flagship amber ale is named “Prohibition Ale, AKA Bootlegger’s Brew.” “I’ve been working on this recipe for years,” said Kyle Hodnett, the Brewmaster and a small-scale farmer from North Tetagouche. “Friends have always wanted to be able to buy it.” 
Adam, Kyle and Andy Hodnett and Michael Petrovici
The brewery has intentions of involving customers in the beer-making process as much as possible, while also incorporating as many unique local flavours as possible. “We wanted to provide just one more reason to draw people to the great businesses in the area,” said Adam Hodnett, co-owner and owner of Folk Media Communications – a content marketing company in the area. “We also want people to have a hand in the development of the beer.” 
The half-barrel system allows for the production of 80 litres at a time, just enough to serve Au Bootlegger with the “Prohibition Ale” remaining an exclusive there. Plans are in the works for a locally hopped batch before the end of 2017. 




Friday, November 3, 2017

Copper Bottom Brewing Opens in Montague

(Montague, PE) - Copper Bottom Brewing opened its doors today at 567 Main Street in Montague Prince Edward Island. Starting Saturday November 4th they'll be open from Noon to Midnight daily for growler fills and pints in the tap room. Also Saturday will see Dave Gunning, acclaimed folk-based singer/songwriter, performing in the taproom. Tickets are limited. 
The brewery was opened by husband and wife team Ken Spears and Ashley Condon in the old fire hall on the Montague waterfront. They want to not only to bring great craft beer to eastern Prince Edward Island but also a music venue. 
The have released details on a couple of their beers. "The Broadside APA" is a hoppy and aromatic take on a west coast American Pale Ale with a hint of pine and citrus. The other is "Centennial Stock Blonde Ale". 

Trailway Brewing Releases 2 Jackets IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing debuted 2 Jackets American IPA today. This IPA features a bunch of their all time favorite hops - Centennial, Mosaic, Amarillo and Citra. They say "Some old school flavours, mixed with tons of citrus, intense juiciness and some spice". Available in cans and on tap, only at the brewery in Fredericton at noon ttoday. They 7% ABV beer will run $17/4pack (or $4.50/can).

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Picaroons Releases Cease & Desist

(Fredericton, NB) - Picaroons Traditional Ales released Cease & Desist, their take on a German dunkelweisen. A light bodied dark wheat beer with notes of chocolate and nuts that is an approachable 4.8% ABV. It is now on tap at The Picaroons Roundhouse, and The Picaroons Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, and soon will be on tap at ThePicaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John and The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse in St. Stephen. You will also soon find it on tap at many bars and restaurants throughout the Maritimes. 

Garrison Brewing 10th Annual Home Brew-Off Details Released

(Halifax, NS) - Garrison Brewing released the details for the 10th Annual Garrison Home Brew-Off. This year’s style will be Kolsch, style 5B in the BJCP Style Guide. This year’s entry fee is $15 and includes a souvenir glass, one free entry to the gala and a complimentary Growlito and fill with the Garrison beer of your choice. Beer Entries are due by end of day Monday February 12th, 2018. To download the complete competition details go to http://www.garrisonbrewing.com/community/#home-brew-off

Stillwell Brewing to Release Stillwell Four

(Halifax, NS) - Stillwell Brewing will be launching Stillwell Four at Bar Stillwell's 4th Anniversary Party on Saturday November 18th. This will also be the launch of Stillwell Brewing's farmhouse bottle program.
The ale was brewed on May 29th and matured in a single sauvignon blanc barrel with oats, wheat and pils malt and a lower IBU to encourage acidity and to make room for barrel tannins and wine character, Stillwell Four will be available at the bar for on-site consumption, and then at the brewery on Gottigen Street the next day, November 19th, from noon til 4 PM for retail purchase. They don't anticipate this beer seeing any distribution beyond the bar and the brewery. Stillwell Four will come in 500 ml bottles and is 6.2% ABV. 

Brightwood Brewery Announces Expansion and Taproom

(Dartmouth, NS) - After over a year of brewing on a 1 BBL system and selling beer at  the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market Brightwood Brewery is expanding. The new operation will be located in former Nieforth Furnishers store at 35 Portland Street. Brightwood Brewery will be sharing the location with the new Lake City Cider House. It will feature a 10-barrel brewing system, canning line, taproom and retail store. 
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PEI Brewing Releases Two New Beers

(Charlottetown, PE) - PEI Brewing has released its popular Hell Street barrel-aged doppelbock. It is now available at their Taproom, the Beer Station, and The Gahan House. It is inspired by local boxing legend Tom McCluskey who grew up on Dorchester Street, nicknamed Hell Street at the time.
They are also releasing limited edition Shortest Day Spiced Milk Stout on November 16 at The Gahan House. Shortest Day is black and opaque topped with a dark, long lasting head. Prominent vanilla aroma with toasty undertones that last throughout the pint. Spiced with nutmeg, packing a festive punch in the finish. 

Long Bay Brewery Releases Bantam and Chalice in Bottles

(Rothesay, NB) - Long Bay Brewery have released its two core beers in bottles. Bantam APA and Chalice Belgian Ale are now in 355ml bottles at the brewery and on local ANBL shelves. 

Tatamagouche Brewing Releases Jitney Dry-Hopped Sour

(Tatamagouche, NS) - Tatamagouche Brewing released Jitney Dry-Hopped Sour  It is their first dry-hopped sourand is available now at the brewery. It will be available in Halifax over the next few days and is expected to be released in the NSLC around November 20th. They say to expect tart, juicy, and tropical flavours including lemon, pineapple, and mango.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sober Island Releases Rebranded Core Beers in Cans

(Sheet Harbour, NS) - Sober Island Brewing recently released its core brands in 473 ml cans with fresh branding for each. Their blonde is now Marigold Blonde Ale (5% ABV) and their oyster stout became Beth’s Blackout Oyster Stout (6.1% ABV). They will be officially launched on November 2nd at Bishop’s Cellar in Halifax from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Results

(Halifax,NS) - The fourth annual Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards were held on October 22nd in Halifax with a Gala and Dinner at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub. The judging of over 300 entries had taken place the previous week end on October 14th and 15th in Halifax. 

Atllantic breweries and cideries shared the 42 medals awarded in 14 categories as well as seven special awards ( To see full medal counts see Table 1 and category details see Table 2). The People's Choice Award was garnered by an online survey from all the submitted beers and ciders. 

The big winner of the evening was Big Spruce Brewing taking five medals and Brewery of the Year with Breton Brewing nabbing two gold medals and Beer of the Year or "Best of Show" with their Stirling Hefeweizen. Last but not least Paddy's Pub took Brewpub of the year.

The Cider House of the Year as well as a gold and bronze went to Chain Yard Urban Cidery and the Cider of the Year was awarded to Red Rover Craft Cider for their Fall Cider. 

The People’s Choice for Beer and Cider went to Upstreet Craft Brewing for Go Devil grabbing the beer category and Yip Cider getting the cider category for their Original 

Table 1 : Medal counts 


Breweries Gold Silver Bronze  Total
Big Spruce Brewing 1 4 0 5
Tatamagouche Brewing 1 2 1 4
North Brewing 1 0 2 3
Breton Brewing 2 0 0 2
Boxing Rock Brewing  1 1 0 2
Garrison Brewing 1 0 1 2
Chain Yard Urban Cidery 1 0 1 2
2 Crows Brewing 0 1 1 2
Good Robot Brewing 0 0 2 2
Pump House Brewery 1 0 0 1
Trider's Craft Beer 1 0 0 1
Sea Level Brewing 1 0 0 1
Alexander Keith's Brewery 1 0 0 1
Roof Hound Brewing 1 0 0 1
Red Rover Craft Cider 1 0 0 1
Moosehead Breweries 0 1 0 1
Split Rock Brewing 0 1 0 1
Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault 0 1 0 1
Uncle Leo's Brewery 0 1 0 1
Yip Cider 0 1 0 1
ShipBuilders Cider 0 1 0 1
Oland Brewery 0 0 1 1
Quidi Vidi Brewing 0 0 1 1
Hammond River Brewing  0 0 1 1
Big Axe Brewery 0 0 1 1
Nine Locks Brewery 0 0 1 1
Coastliner Craft Cider 0 0 1 1

Table 2 : Full Beer and Cider Category Breakdown 

North American & European Style Lager
BRONZE - Good Robot Brewing Co. - Extra BIG-ASS Beer
SILVER – Moosehead Breweries Ltd. - Moosehead Lager
GOLD – Boxing Rock Brewing Co. - Stayin Alive Bock

German Style Specialty Ales
BRONZE – North Brewing Company - Little Beast
SILVER – Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - North Shore Lagered Ale
GOLD – Breton Brewing Co. - Stirling Hefeweizen

UK Style Specialty Ales
BRONZE – Garrison Brewing Co. - Irish Red
SILVER – Split Rock Brewing Co. - Alli's Big Brown Ale
GOLD – Pump House Brewery - Barley Wine Ale

North American Style Specialty Ales
BRONZE – Oland Brewery - Keith's IPA
SILVER – Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - Giantess Barley Wine
GOLD – Trider's Craft Beer - Brew-Deau

Belgian Style Specialty Ales
BRONZE – Quidi Vidi Brewing Company - Winter Ale
SILVER – Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault - Tante Blanche
GOLD – Big Spruce Brewing - S'Il Vous Plait

North American Style Amber/Red Ales
BRONZE – Hammond River Brewing - Red Coat India Red Ale
SILVER – Boxing Rock Brewing Co. - Temptation Red Ale
GOLD – Sea Level Brewing Co. - Blue Heron Extra Special Bitter

Fruit & Field Beer
BRONZE – Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - Rushton's Peach
SILVER – Big Spruce Brewing - Guava GetMeSome!
GOLD – Alexander Keith's Brewery - Hortonville's Pumpkin Ale

Pale Ales
BRONZE – North Brewing Company - Priority Pale Ale
SILVER – Big Spruce Brewing - Kitchen Party
GOLD – Breton Brewing Co. - Seven Years Pale Ale

Stout / Porter
BRONZE – Big Axe Brewery - Shakespeare Stout
SILVER – 2 Crows Brewing Co. - Midnight Mood
GOLD – Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - Two Rivers Baltic Porter

India Pale Ales
BRONZE – Nine Locks Brewery - Fathom DIPA
SILVER – Big Spruce Brewing - Tim's Dirty American
GOLD – Roof Hound Brewing Co. Ltd. - Big Stink IPA

Experimental Beers
BRONZE – Good Robot Brewing Co. - Damn Fine Coffee & Cherry Pie v3.0
SILVER – Uncle Leo's Brewery - Nachtical Illusion
GOLD – North Brewing Company - Oh My Darlin - Clementine Brett Pale Ale

Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer
BRONZE – 2 Crows Brewing Co. - Bonanza! Wheat Wine
SILVER – Big Spruce Brewing - Wild Wild Wit
GOLD – Garrison Brewing Co. - Barrel-Aged Barley Wine

Standard Cider & Perry
BRONZE – Coastliner Craft Cider - Coastliner Original
SILVER – Yip Cider - Russett
GOLD – Chain Yard Urban Cidery - Foundation

Specialty Cider & Perry
BRONZE – Chain Yard Urban Cidery - Hopped Up
SILVER – ShipBuilders Cider Ltd. - Sid's Chai Apple Cider
GOLD – Red Rover Craft Cider - Fall Cider

Friday, October 20, 2017

Boxing Rock and Garrison Brewing to Collaborate on Tribute to Gord Downie

(Halifax, NS) -  Over the past few months Garrison Brewing and Boxing Rock Brewing have worked with graphic artist Erin McGuire to develop a limited release craft beer based on his Tragically Hip-inspired artwork ‘By the Numbers’. The beer will release in late-November as a true collaboration and fundraiser for the Brain Tumour Foundation.
Erin McGuire with 'By The Numbers'
This summer past, Erin McGuire, faculty with the NSCC Photography program and Graphic Designer, approached Emily Tipton, Founding Partner at Boxing Rock in Shelburne, with the idea of using his original design for a craft beer label. “When Erin first approached me, we set a release timeline for late fall” said Tipton. “Over the past month we’ve been working to fine tune the label and now, with the loss of Gord, things have grown from a fundraising release into a tribute to an iconic Canadian singer we all knew and loved.”
 Emily then reached out to Brian Titus, President and GM of Garrison, to gauge his interest in making this a collaboration. “No question. We’re massive Hip fans and we’re in!” said Titus. “We traded a few emails with the good folks at Boxing Rock and we soon had a style, recipe and brew-day on the calendar.”
Erin’s artwork ‘By The Numbers’ brings all the numerical references from Tragically Hip songs together into one phenomenal piece. “Last fall when the announcement was made that Gord Downie had been diagnosed with brain cancer I was floored. I’m a lifelong Hip fan and this news left me wanting to do something….anything…to try and help” said McGuire. “The poster I made sold out through In Gord We Trust and I wanted to keep doing good with the concept”
Titled “Courage (for Gord Downie)”, the beer will be a refreshing and premium amber Wheat Ale – bold, beautiful and special - just like Gord. Just over 2000 bottles will be produced with a portion of all sales going to the Brain Tumour Foundation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hammond River Brewing Launches HRB Beer Club

(Rothesay, NB) - Hammond River Brewing is launching a beer club on October 20th. They say for $50 per year you will receive the following benefits over the next one year.
  • For every pint purchased you will receive an additional 5oz taster of any HRB beer on tap.
  • A punch card where you will receive a free Growler fill for every 10 Growlers filled.
  • A 15% discount on all HRB merchandise (ie, ball caps, toques, t-shirts, hoodies, glassware)
  • A bottle of beer of any new beer that comes off the HRB bottling line.
  • Free flight of beer on your Birthday
  • An HRB branded Belgian Chalice beer glass
  • Your choice of an HRB Ball Cap or Toque
  • An email newsletter with insider info and tastings on some special beers before they are released.
Swing by the brewery to purchase a Membership. 

North Brewing Releasing Ensō, Barrel-Aged Sour Brown

(Halifax, NS) - North Brewing says on Friday they will be releasing Ensō, barrel-aged sour brown ale. This beer was aged in oak barrels for four months and then bottle conditioned. Four unblended barrels were packaged and have notes of stone fruit, tart pear, vanilla and molasses. Ensō will be available in 650mL bottles in both North Brewing shops. 

Holy Whale Brewery Starts Serving Its Own Beer

(Alma, NB) - Holy Whale Brewery are now serving their own beer. They are testing out various styles until their grand opening in December. By this weekend, they will have an APA, a session IPA, and an Irish red pouring in-house only.

Trailway Brewing Releases Triple IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Trailway Brewing pushed their brewhouse, theirr ingredients and their own technique to the limit for their latest release! Their 'biggest' beer produced to date is TRIPPA, a Triple IPA. Trippa was hopped, generously, with Idaho7, Ella and Vic Secret,  a truly tropical hop combo. It is 10% ABV and described as "Aromatic and juice-like with a super silky mouthfeel and pillowy body.and will be on tap and in cans this Friday at noon.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Breton Brewing Releases Trio of Seasonals

(Sydney, NS) - Breton Brewing are releasing a trio of beers over the next week. 
Storm Chaser Vanilla Oatmeal Stout is as bracing as a winter gale. Expect a flurry of vanilla, warm hints of roasted coffee and velvety chocolate. This smooth, cozy, easy drinking stout is brewed with the holidays in mind, no matter the time of year. ABV 5.5% IBU 35
Island Time is a Munich Helles Lager that is brewed with care, to be enjoyed in good time. Savour the bright, malty character of this clean, refreshing beer under swaying palms, or any patio umbrella. ABV 4.3% IBU 14
Coming next week, Seven Years Pale Ale, which was brewed in collaboration with Brathair Brewing, has seven hop additions that lead to flavours of tropical fruits, berries, and tangerine, balanced by a caramel finish. This New England Style Pale Ale packs a lot of hop flavour without the bitterness. ABV 5.2% IBU 25
Look for these at the Breton Brewing taproom and in Halifax at Harvest Wine and Spirits, Bishops Cellar, Rockhead Wine and Beer Market and Westside Beer Wine and Spirits.

Backstage Brewing Opens in Stellarton


(Stellarton, NS) - Backstage Brewing should be opening this month at 37 Bridge Avenue in Stellarton Nova Scotia. Head Brewer A.J. Leadbetter took time from building his brewery recently to answer a few questions about himself and Backstage Brewing. 

Maritime Beer Report (MBR): Where are you from?
A.J. Leadbetter (AJ): I’m a Stellarton boy.

MBR: What is your brewing experience?
AJ: I’ve been home brewing a few years now. I made the jump to all-grain after a few weeks and haven’t looked back. I’m a foodie so that creativeness that makes me want to make great food also lit the fire to make great beers.

MBR: What made you want to open a brewery?
AJ: Before I got into home brewing, Beth and I used to have wing parties. We’d deep fry hundreds of wings and all our friends would come over. They were great parties. Once we introduced the beer I had been making to these parties they quickly turned into “The Leadbetter’s Beer Party”. Almost a cult following. haha

MBR: How big will it be to start?
AJ: Once we are at full production we will be doing 2.5 BBL batches.

MBR: How do you plan on selling your beer? store, farmers market, etc
AJ:Our plan is to sell most of our beer out of the brewery and taproom.

MBR: Do you have bars lined up to sell your beer?
AJ: I haven’t approached many yet but the few I’ve approached have shown interest.

MBR: What styles of beer are you planning to make?
AJ: We have 4-5 that will be in our core line-up.

  • Daydreamer is a pale ale that comes in at 4.8% and 21 IBU.
  • Hangover Helper is an American Pale. 5.3% and 40 IBU. Light bodied and packed with flavor.
  • Headliner is big juicy IPA. It’s 6.3% and 60 IBU.
  • Gemini is a DIPA. 8% and 100+ IBU. It’s big! It’s bitter! And surprisingly easy to drink!
  • None More is an American Stout. 6.6% and 75 IBU. Roasted, Hoppy, and Black. How much more black can it be? None.

We’ll also be throwing in some seasonal beers as well.

MBR: What area of Stellarton is your planned taproom?
AJ: The taproom will be located on Bridge Avenue in Stellarton. We really look forward to bring craft beer to Stellarton. When all is said and done, we want to offer 12 taps of Nova Scotia craft beer and also have a cider on tap for those who don’t do beer.

MBR: Anything else you would like to add?
AJ: We look forward to getting beer out there for people to enjoy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Half Cocked Brewing Releases First Harvest DIPA

(North Grant, NS) - Half Cocked Brewing released their first annual Changing Seasons beer and is a wet hopped Double IPA called First Harvest. Brewed with a blend of their own hops and double dry hopped with Columbus, this 8.3% ABV beer is described as "grassy, dank, and delicious".

Sober Island and ShipBuilders Release Core & Keel

(Sheet Harbour & Petite Riviere, NS) - Sober Island Brewing and ShipBuilders Cider have released Core & Keel Cider and Oyster Stout. Core and Keel is almost exactly a 50-50 formula with just a bit more stout than cider. It will only be available in farmer markets and at the respective shops shops in Sheet Harbour (Sober Island) and Petite Riviere Vineyards (ShipBuilders). It will also be available in select bars on tap. 

Propeller Brewing Releases Next Small Batch Beer

(Halifax, NS) - Propeller Brewing released Citra IPA (6.2% ABV and 50 IBUs), the latest Gottingen Small Batch Beer that will mark the first release of  Propeller Hop Collection – an experimental series designed to showcase unique hop varieties from around the world.  
Generous amounts of Citra hops reveal bright citrus and melon aromas and flavours which are complimented by earthy and piney tones from Simcoe hop additions. This Citra IPA gets its distinctive brown color from Blackprinz and Munich malts. Limited release at Gottingen and Windmill locations in growlers and pints only. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Horton Ridge Collaborates on New Beer

(Hortonville, NS) - Horton Ridge Malt and Grain brewed a collaborative beer with "The Godfather of Valley Brewing" Randy Lawerence of Sea Level Brewing. The beer is a Marzen and will be their Oktoberfest 2017 special. It is created made with their Pilsner and Vienna malts from Hortonville, locally grown Hallertau hops mashed in with grist and Hallertauer & Maderina Bavaria added during boil with a Nottingham yeast. The 4.8% ABU ale will be released on October 21st at Horton Ridge's Oktoberfest as well as at Sea Level's retail as Hoptoberfest.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trider's Craft Beer releases Pumpkin Ale-Ixer

(Amherst, NS) - Trider's Craft Beer are releasing their new pumpkin beer this week in 500 ml bottles. The beer is called Pumpkin Ale-Ixer. The 5.6% ABV ale was made from this seasons fresh pumpkins, that's why it's out a little later than other pumpkin brews, oven roasted with brown sugar and then added to the boil. They lightly spiced it during conditioning with a secret blend of organic spices. There is only one 7 bbl batch for this fall season so get it while you can. 

Ol' Biddy's Brew House Opening in Lower Sackville

(Lower Sackville, NS) - Ol' Biddy Brew House has been quietly working toward opening a new nanobrewery in Lower Sackville Nova Scotia. Co-owner and brewer Keith Forbes is well known in the homebrewing community in the Maritimes. Although opening is a few weeks off Keith took time to answer a few questions on his operation and upcoming plans.


Ol' Biddy
Maritime Beer Report (MBR): Where are you from?
Keith Forbes (OBB): Originally I'm from Lakeview NS just outside Sackville and before Windsor Junction. My wife, Erin Delaney-Forbes, is from Lower Sackville.  

MBR: What is your brewing experience?
OBB: I started homebrewing about 7 years ago and have 5 years designing and brewing my own recipes. The experience came from a few sit in brews to get a feel for the process early on and involved a ton reading of various books. A much larger part was my involvement with Brewnosers and many friends in the industry who always provided honest quality feed back. 

MBR: What made you want to open a brewery?
OBB: Really I simply love beer. If it's brewing, helping someone through issues, chatting about what we are drinking, etc.  It's a passion and wanted to launch a brewery due to my love of beer.  I love sharing my creations and feel this is the best avenue to do so.

MBR: How big will your brewery be to start?
OBB: We will be quite small starting out at 1 BBL based out of our home and only producing 3 batches every 2 weeks to start.  The first year we don't anticipate brewing over 80 hectoliters or 8,000 liters.  Sounds like a lot but really it's a drop in the beer barrel. To put it into perspective.  We will have enough beer to serve 45 customers weekly if each bought a 12 pack (2 growlers).  

MBR: How do you plan on selling your beer?
OBB: Initially through select tap accounts, in the future we would like to offer growler fills if it's feasible. However, we will wait and see what the next month brings. 

MBR: Do you have bars lined up to sell your beer?
OBB: Working on a few but those are wide open.  Hope to hear from a few in the near future.  Have an account lined up in Lower Sackville but I'll keep that top secret for now. As a note looking for tap accounts 1 each in HRM, Cole Harbour, Dartmouth, Halifax, and Bedford.

MBR: When do you plan on opening?
OBB: ASAP haha. But hopefully before December.

MBR: What styles of beer are you planning to make?
OBB: Initial offerings will be our Funktown American Pale Ale that won a Gold medal in the Brewnosers National Competition in 2015.  Our Even Gooder Coffee Brown which has been referred to as the "Cocaine and Hookers of Beer" along with our Disco Inferno Red IPA which took peoples choice at the Big Strange Brew New Brunswick.  We also have 25 other recipes that you'll see released sporadically throughout the year as seasonals.

MBR: Anything else you would like to add?
OBB: Look forward to launching this brewery and sharing our creations with everyone.  If you see us out, feel free to chat over a pint.

Look for opening details here or follow Ol' Biddy on twitter

Boxing Rock releases Seasonal Next Chapter Rye IPA

(Shelburne, NS) - Boxing Rock Brewing released its seasonal The Next Chapter Rye IPA. The ale was first brewed in 2015 as a collaboration with rogue brewer Andrew Estabrooks who is now the head brewer at Foghorn Brewing in Rothesay, NB.Boxing Rock says it has "Lots of hoppy citrus, tropical fruit, and a bit of pine balanced out by the malt, which contains malt grown right here in Atlantic Canada, and over 30% rye malt for a really great background spiciness". Next Chapter will be available for the next several months at your local NSLC store, as well as RockHead Beer and Wine Market, Westside Beer, Wine & Spirits, Harvest Wines, and Bishop’s Cellar. As well you can get it at the brewery retail store in Shelburne, or in growlers at the Halifax Seaport Market or the Alderney Farmers' Market on Saturdays.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pump House Brewery Releases Oktoberfest Beer

(Moncton, NB) - The Pump House Brewery has released its seasonal. Pump House says "the Oktoberfest beer is medium-bodied and has an abundance of maltiness, while the mouthfeel is velvety and creamy due to relatively low carbonation levels typical for a Munich Oktoberfestbier served from wooden barrels. The hop bitterness is very moderate, never dominating the taste profile.Although the alcohol level is slightly more elevated than an average mainstream beer, the phenolic taste of alcohol is not noticeable. Our Oktoberfest beer has the potential to be an every day beer, but we think it is best to serve on special occasions (such as Oktoberfest)". The beer is 5.5% ABV and 12 IBU and available now in 6 packs and on tap now.