Friday, January 31, 2020
If you have been in some ANBL stores in southeastern New Brunswick you may have seen Bouctouche Pale Ale on the shelf. Broue du Païen started up after new years and I got to ask owner and brewer a few questions.
MBR: Who is behind Broue du Païen?
BDP: My name is Maxime Sonier, I’m 30 years old and I do everything from the brewing, the canning and the delivering of the product. It’s pretty much a one man operation thus far plus the occasional volunteer helper.
MBR: What is the significance behind the name?
BDP: Païen is a word that, when growing up in the Acadian peninsula, I would hear a lot to describe someone who could be considered a ‘’small town hick”. When I decided to leave my job as a mechanic and take on brewing full time, I grew out my beard and my wife started jokingly calling me a Païen. I wanted to pick a name that would be representative of my heritage, but also light-hearted and comedic. Broue du Païen just translates to ‘’Païen’s Brew’’ but I’m also happy to have anyone refer to it as ‘’BDP’’. Seeing as the beard helped inspire the name, I included it on the can. I have plans on changing up the ‘’Hops Beard’’ on the can to represent the IBU of each style (i.e. the Païen character on the can will be sporting a Mustache for a Lager and a long Gandalf beard for a DIPA).
What made you want to open a brewery?
I had been making Home Brew for about 9 years. I started off with a cheap Mr. Beer kit, moved up to partial mash kits and kept modifying the kit instructions to improve on them. Couples years after I decided to go all grain and start making my own recipes from scratch using the BeerSmith software. After multiple successful recipes I decided to take the plunge and try doing this professionally. I have always been a beer fanatic and my goal was to make beer that everyone could enjoy. To this day, I still brew for the people and not for myself. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone enjoying my creations.
How big is your brewhouse?
I currently have a fairly small brewhouse using a 2bbl Blichmann System, 4x 2bbl Conical Fermenters and a single 2bbl Brite Tank from Stout. As of now I’m limited to around 4000 Cans a month but I’m already looking into adding an extra 2 bbl Unitank.
How do you plan on just selling your beer via ANBL or will there be kegs?
At the moment I’m just focusing on can sales through ANBL since I don’t have much volume but I’m not turning down the idea of potentially doing keg sales. If the demand is there, I will have to look into it.
What styles of beer are you planning to make beyond the pale ale?
I have lots of ideas and tailored recipes I would like to release, but realistically, it can’t all happen at once with my small set up. I’d love to have an Irish Red, IPA/Session IPA and possibly a nice crisp Lager out within the next year. I want to name each style after an Acadian Town. I started with Bouctouche seeing as it’s the nearest town to me with an ANBL.
Anything else you would like to add?
ANBL just provided local vendors with a letter on January 22nd indicating that they will be applying Sale Targets and Thresholds for Local products as of April 1st 2020. Some local businesses could end up off the shelves as a result of this, especially ones just starting out. It will be more important than ever to support your favourite local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Being such a small start-up business myself, I sincerely hope that this change will not affect my growth potential and my ability to try out new recipes and products. I am incredibly grateful to all who have supported me so far and hope I can continue to do what I love!
Sunday, November 17, 2019
(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
|Big Spruce Brewing||2||2||4|
|Nine Locks Brewing||1||1||1||3|
|Copper Bottom Brewing||1||1||2|
|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|
|Good Robot Brewing||1||1|
|Upstreet Craft Brewing||1||1||2|
|No Boats on Sunday||1||1|
|Gagetown Distilling and Cidery||1||1|
|Quidi Vidi Brewery||1||1|
|Uncle Leo’s Brewery||1||1|
|Sober Island Brewing||1||1|
|Red Island Cider||1||1|
|Chain Yard Urban Cidery||1||1|
|Hill Top Hops’ Brewhouse||1||1|
|Roof Hound Brewing||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
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
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
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
(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.