Thursday, September 5, 2013

MARITIME BEER REPORT - August 9th 2013

Hello and welcome to the August 9th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Grimross Brewing has added Ben's Bitter Pale Ale to its growing line up of offerings joining the Cheval D'Or and Destrier Farmhouse Stout. It is a Belgian Pale Ale with more bittering hops, according to owner/brewer Stephen Dixon. It will come across as quite floral, with earthy and citrus-fruit tones, and a lasting bitterness in the finish. It is currently available in refillable growlers at the Picaroons Brewtique.

Prince Edward Island Beer Festival is just around the corner and will be happening Friday and Saturday September 6th and 7th. Details that I know of currently is that there will be over 75 different beers available, from breweries such as Amsterdam, Garrison, McAuslan, Hop City, and Erdinger. There are several tasting sessions planned and ticket prices will be in the range of $20 to $120, depending on the session. Stay tuned here for further updates or them out on facebook and twitter.

Barnone Brewing in PEI has has announced they started filling growlers. On Thursdays between 6:00 and 8:00 pm they will be filling at the brewery in Rose Valley both their Pale Ale and Summer Sessions.

Sea Level Brewing has extended the hours at their retail store in Canning. They are now open Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm-5 pm. I would like to give a shout out to Jessie who took care of me last Sunday, I am enjoying the Blue Heron. 

Uncle Leo's Brewery announced this week both their Red Ale and IPA are now available in 650 mL bombers at Premier Wine & Spirits on Dresden Row in Halifax.

Bridge Brewing announced that they are now offering 19.5 L party kegs for sale based on avaialability. There is a $100 refundable keg deposit, and pricing will be $105 for the Gus or Summer Ale, $110 for the Farmhouse, and $120 for the Strong Dark not including applicable taxes. Call them to order yours today.

There is a new brewery opening in the Falmouth NS area in April of next year. I met Cam and Jen from Schoolhouse Brewery who are busy readying the nanobrewery to produce a couple of beers,a chocolate porter as well as a hopped cream ale to supply two pubs in Wolfville and Windsor and eventually growler fills at the farmers market once a month. They have a website, as well as a facebook page. I will report more on this as I get more information. All the best guys.

It is a great week end to be a beer lover in Halifax.

Rockbottom Brewpub announced there is some special tappings today. There will be "X", an Imperial Brown Ale aged 18 months on cedar wood 11% ABV. "Vintage Wreckoning",a Russian Imperial Stout fortified with Macallan single malt whiskey 11% ABV, the regular "Wreckoning" Russian Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV, the "Oaked-Aged Double Hoppelganger" DIPA 10% ABV and "Barrel-Aged Desecration", an Imperial Red Ale 11% ABV. These special taps will only be available for this week end only. 

The Hart & Thistle will be putting on Nashfest with several Greg Nash beers available. Listed on their blog was "Columbus DIPA" 9.1% ABV, "Commissar" a Russian Imperial Stout fortified with Bulleit bourbon 11% ABV, "Hop Mess Monster v3.0″ a DIPA 10% ABV, "Old 87″ an American IPA 7% ABV and "Kneecapper" an India Red Ale 6.1% ABV. As with Rock Bottom  it starts today at 4:00 p.m. and ends at close on Sunday.

Seaport Beer Festival starts today, which I attended. Watch for a special report next week. But as a result  several craft brewers will not be in their usual spots in Farmers markets this week end. Bridge brewing and Big Spruce released announcements that they will not be at their respective markets because of their committments at Seaport.

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Until next week enjoy responsibly.