Sunday, November 17, 2019

2019 Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards Results

(Halifax,NS) - The sixth annual Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards were held on November 16th in Halifax with a gathering at Hopyard Halifax. The judging of 400 entries from 52 breweries and cideries had taken place previously in Halifax. 

Atlantic breweries and cideries shared the 53 medals awarded in 15 categories as well as eight special awards ( To see full medal counts see Table 1 and category details see Table 2). 

The big winner of the evening was Bogside Brewing taking four medals, including two gold, Brewery of the Year as well as New Brewery of the Year with Moosehead Breweries nabbing Beer of the Year with their Small Batch Rauchbier Smoked Lager.

In the Cider category there was a tie between No Boats On Sunday and Gagetown Distilling and Cidery for New Cider House of the Year and Red Island Cider captured New Cider House of the Year. 

It was another great year for Atlantic craft. 

Table 1 : Medal counts 

Brewery Gold Silver Bronze HM Total
Bogside Brewing 2 1 1 4
Big Spruce Brewing 2 2 4
Nine Locks Brewing 1 1 1 3
Spindrift Brewing  2 2
Copper Bottom Brewing 1 1 2
Graystone Brewing 1 1 2
Tatamagouche Brewing 1 1 1 3
Boxing Rock Brewing 2 1 3
Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault 1 1 2
Trider’s Craft Beer 1 1 2
Alexander Keith’s Brewery 2 2
Breton Brewing  1 1
Good Robot Brewing 1 1
Upstreet Craft Brewing 1 1 2
Moosehead Breweries 1 1
Landwash Brewery 1 1
No Boats on Sunday 1 1
Gagetown Distilling and Cidery 1 1
Bannerman Brewing  1 1
Grimross Brewing  1 1 2
PEI Brewing 1 1
Quidi Vidi Brewery 1 1
Uncle Leo’s Brewery 1 1
Propeller Brewing 1 1
Lunn’s Mill 1 1
Sober Island Brewing 1 1
Saltbox Brewing 1 1 2
Red Island Cider 1 1
Chain Yard Urban Cidery  1 1
Hill Top Hops’ Brewhouse 1 1
North Brewing 2 2
Roof Hound Brewing 1 1
Riverdale Orchard 1 1

Table 2 : Full Beer and Cider Category Breakdown

North American & European Style Lager
Bronze: Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault – La Kedgwick
Silver: Bannerman Brewing – Safe Bet
Gold: Spindrift Brewing – Beaufort 10

German Style Specialty Ales
Bronze: Bogside Brewing – Wheat Kings County
Silver: Uncle Leo’s Brewery – Altbier
Gold: Bogside Brewing – Lighthorse Lagered Ale
Honourable Mention: North Brewing – Gus’ 65m Ale

UK Style Specialty Ales
Bronze: Trider’s Craft Beer – Rod’s Red
Silver: Graystone Brewing – Into the Woods Brown Ale
Gold: Breton Brewing – Red Coat 

North American Style Specialty Ales
Bronze: Big Spruce Brewing – Bitter Get’er India
Silver: Copper Bottom Brewing – Centennial Stock
Gold: Tatamagouche Brewing – Giantess Barley Wine
Honourable Mention: Boxing Rock Brewing – Dark as Keji

Belgian Style Specialty Ales
Bronze: Grimross Brewing – Abbey Dubbel
Silver: Les Brassers du Petit Sault – Colonel John Baker
Gold: Upstreet Craft Brewing – FireWorks Farmhouse Saison
Honourable Mention: Upstreet Craft Brewing – De Novo IV

North American Style Amber/Red Ales
Bronze: Boxing Rock Brewing – Temptation Red Ale
Silver: Quidi Vidi Brewing – 1892 Traditional Ale
Gold: Bogside Brewing – Brudenell Brown
Honourable Mention: Hill Top Hops’ Brewhouse – Red Tail Red Ale

Fruit & Field Beer
Bronze: Boxing Rock Brewing – Arnold’s Apricot Wheat Ale
Silver: Nine Locks Brewing – Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Gold: Good Robot Brewing – El Espinazo Del Diablo

Pale Ales
Bronze: PEI Brewing – Vic Park Pale Ale
Silver: Trider’s Craft Beer – Scotian Pale
Gold: Graystone Brewing – Patagonia Pale Ale
Honourable Mention: Roof Hound Brewing – Ear to the Street

Stout / Porter
Bronze: Big Spruce Brewing – Blood Donair
Silver: Big Spruce Brewing – Cereal Killer
Gold: Spindrift Brewing – Out of the Hold - Neat
Honourable Mention: Grimross Brewing – Pugnacious Porter

India Pale Ales
Bronze: Lunn’s Mill Beer – Purple Grain
Silver: Propeller Brewing – Galaxy
Gold: Copper Bottom Brewing – Parkman Ave

Experimental Beers
Bronze: Alexander Keith’s Brewery – Bisset’s Fancy
Silver: Bogside Brewing – Pitcher in the Rye
Gold: Moosehead Breweries – Small Batch Rauchbier
Honourable Mention: Tatamagouche Brewing – Feronia

Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer
Bronze: Nine Locks Brewing – Russian Imperial Stout
Silver: Big Spruce Brewing – Ra Ra Rasputin
Gold: Nine Locks Brewing – Barley Wine

Sour Beer 
Bronze: Alexander Keith’s Brewery – Backyards
Silver: Tatamagouche Brewing – Spring
Gold: Landwash Brewery – Brackish
Honourable Mention: North Brewing – Breakwater Mango Sour

Standard Cider & Perry
Bronze: Saltbox Brewing – Old Orchard Cider
Silver: Sober Island Brewing – Army Cider
Gold: No Boats on Sunday – Original Cider
Honourable Mention: Riverdale Orchard – 2 Scots 3 Apples

Specialty Cider & Perry
Bronze: Chain Yard Urban Cidery – Hopped Up
Silver: Red Island Cider – Ghost Ship Wild Briar
Gold: Gagetown Distilling and Cidery – Hopped Cider
Honourable Mention: Saltbox Brewing – Haskap Cider

Beer of the Year
Bronze: Spindrift Brewing - Out of the Hold - Neat
Silver: Upstreet Craft Brewing – FireWorks Farmhouse Saison
Gold: Moosehead Breweries – Small Batch Rauchbier

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Craft Beer Shines as NSLC Announces 2019 Q1 Results

(Halifax, NS) - NSLC Announced Q1 results for April 1st to June 30th and saw sales rise to $174.9 million an increase of $18.1 million or 11.5% primarily due to cannabis. Beverage alcohol sales were $158.8 million and recreational cannabis sales were $16.1 million.
Nova Scotia ready-to-drink products had a strong quarter with sales increasing by 107.7% to $3.3 million with this strong growth primarily driven by coolers and ciders. Beer over all decreased 2.6% to $70.5M or 40.3% of sales over all with Nova Scotia craft beer sales growing by 17.8% to $4.9 million. The Ns craft beer sales now attribute to 6.95% of the beer category. The NSLC now lists products from 30 local breweries, about half of the breweries now open, up from six breweries just six years ago.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boxing Rock Brewing Opens New Taproom in Shelburne

(Shelburne, NS) - Boxing Rock Brewing opens its newest location today at 218 Water Street in Shelburne. The original location on Ohio Road will remain dedicated to production and packaging and the Test Kitchen in Halifax will remain brewing small batch projects. 
The new taproom will have about 70 seats inside and another 30 on the patio. The 10 taps at the bar will have one cider and one guest tap in addition to their own line up. 
Production onsite will be dedicated to expanding Boxing Rock's barrel program as well as their product line. Kitchen to open later this fall but until then food provided by the Finest Kind mobile kitchen, who have been at the Ohio Road brewery since 2017. The new tap room will also have a space for live music.