Friday, August 22, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - August 22, 2014

Hello and welcome to the August 22nd edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

PEI Brewing Company released their new Harvest Time Golden Lager. It comes in at 12 IBU and  4 %, ABV. It has a hoppy flavour and uses New Zealand hop varieties. On tap and available in 473mL cans now only in their retail store.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault and Picaroons Traditional Ales are taking over the taps at Resto-Bar Le Deck on Friday, August 29th. Surprises are in store and none other than the Carson Downy Band will be on hand as musical guests.

Celtic Knot Brewing started brewing their first batch of  "Ring of Fire". This beer will be brewed with 40% smoked malt and will be spiced up with Habanero and Jalapeno peppers. They  recently reformulated the pale ale recipe and started brewing it again because as the brewer says "I was never quite happy with it." He goes on to say "Look forward to much more flavorful and hoppy American pale ale"

The Pump House Brewery is going middle ages to celebrate their 15th anniversary. I am kind of excited about this one, the are making a Steinbier using the authrentic methods of dropping heated rocks into wooden vessels to bring the wort to a boil. If you want to be part of this the are issuing special invitations to join them on September 3rd on their facebook page

Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company released Rare Bird Craft Beer Spruce Ale on tap at the Rare Bird Pub. They say this beer takes them back to its Maritime brewing roots that started on the Guysborough harbour in 1659. This ale weighs in at 5.5% ABV. 

Big Spruce Brewing has been unusally quiet this week but did say that their new Hoppuccino Coffee IPA is on tap for growler and yapper fills. This one if you forget is the international collaboration brew all organic and ready now.

Garrison Brewing Co.  announced that Tall Ship is now in 650ml bomber bottles at the NSLC. They also say after an extended absence their Honey Lavender Ale is also back on the shelves, Brewed at 6% ABV, with local lavender from Meander River Farm and Nova Scotia Honey. This delicate and sophisticated strong ale is now available in the retail store for $5 a bottle. I got to try some of the cask version at the Seaport Beerfest and it was exceptional.
Garrison is also looking for enthusiastic, part-time folks to help out in our retail store, at promotional events and NSLC tastings. If you're interested send your resume to They have also put out a call for volunteers for Halifax Oktoberfest. For this one email if you're interested in helping out on Sept 20th.

I got to try Meander River Farms and Brewery's new one off last Saturday. It is a wheat beer that is quite good and comes in at 3.8% ABV. They tell me it isn't around for long and the Lunch Box will be back as soon as its gone. 

Propeller Brewing Company will release the first installment of their Lambic-style tomorrow at Bar Stillwell, by the bottle or by the glass. There is only about 200 bottles so if you can't make it make sure to get to Propeller on Monday to get yours.

Schoolhouse Brewery released that they are now also available at the Kings Arms Pub in Kentville.

Uncle Leo's Brewery announced the launch of their 750 ml Flip Top Growlers. They are priced at $10 each which is a $5 deposit and a $5 fill and refill. This week end, while supplies last,  receive a free 2 growler tote with the purchase of two 750 ml flip top growlers & a free 4 growler tote with the purchase of four 750 ml flip top growlers. They also note that during this promotion they will not be accepting the return of Uncle Leo's 1.89L Growlers. We will begin accepting 1.89L growler returns again when we open on Wednesday.

That is all for this week, there is a lot going on this week end so get out there and take it in and as always enjoy responsibly.