Friday, September 5, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - September 5, 2014

Hello and welcome to the September 5th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Barnone Brewing in PEI released that they are brewing a Schwartz (Black) IPA soon. They go on to say they will be using  2 row and Black Printz malts. 

Celtic Knot Brewing has been busy and said their Ring of Fire was delivered all four pubs this week. He says to "watch out it's pretty fiery". The brewer also goes on to say for this years Halloween they will unleash Frankenbeer. You've been warned.

Hammond River Brewing has released their last summer seasonal beer, a Watermelon Wheat Ale. It's brewed with all fresh Watermelons, is 20 IBUs, and is 5.6% ABV.Currently on tap at Bourbon Quarter and The Saint John Ale House. They also says it is harvest time and a wet hopped Harvest Ale will be brewed shortly after. They are growing cascade hops and seven other different varieties there at HRB.  In other HRB beer news, a Pumpkin Spiced Ale and their gold medal winner Vanilla Porter will also be brewed in the near future. Sounds like a very busy fall for the brewery.

Picaroons Traditional Ales says that Selection Double IPA is now on tap at the Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, and at the Alcool NB Liquor Prospect St. location in Uptown Fredericton. It is a limited release so get it while you can for this one. They also announced that the 2014 edition of its Harvest Ales is now being brewed with hops from Southan Farms. They'll be hitting the taps and shelves in a couple of weeks. 

Pump House Brewery in Moncton celebrated its 15th Anniversary this week and did something very special. At their brewery on Mill Road they used a method similar to what was used in the middle ages. They attempted to make a Stein Bier, or Stone beer, where super heat rocks were dropped in to bring the wort to a boil. I was there and it was very interesting to see. Watch for my blog post on this.

Railcar Brewing Company is looking for help, if you remember a while back RBC called for label designs. Well they got 12 great designs and now they are looking for fans to vote what label you like the best for its Railcar Red. To do this go to their facebook page and "like" the design you like the best. You do need to do that before Thursday at 12 noon September 11, 2014. 

Sunset Heights Meadery in New Brunswick have received word that they are approved for a manufacturer's agency store license, which allows them to sell directly to licensees, as well as the public at farmers' markets. Your next chance to sample is at Feast in the Field on Sunday.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company released good news, Crafty Jack is back. It is available in 3 sizes: 650ml, 1l, and 1.89l.

Garrison Brewing Company has release the beer style for this years Home Brew-Off. This years style is Robust Porter, that is 12B in the BJCP style guide. Stay tuned for more information.

Meander River Farm picked 30 lbs of hops off their yard for their very first one hop, wet-hop seasonal brew. It will be available in a few weeks. They do like a hoppy beer up there.

Propeller Brewing Company has released their latest One Hit Wonder, it is Orbit Ale and  is now available for Growlers at both of our locations in Halifax and Dartmouth. The brew is a 5.6% ABV and 35 IBUs. They were also up at Howard Dills Pumpkin Farm this week hinting at what is coming soon for all you pumpkin ale fans.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company have deliberated and named their Oktoberfest beer. It will be LAGERHOSEN. Sean Stager entered the winning name. This beer will be available at the Tatamagouche 35th Annual Oktoberfest on September 26-27.

Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery are planning to host a local food and beer dinner on September 20th. Join them to celebrate all the wonderful local food we have access to this time of year and two of our great local brewers! This event is part of the 50% Local Club - an organization asking individuals, businesses, and institutions in NS to pledge to make 50% of their meals or grocery bills local food for the month of September. The dinner will be 4 or 5 courses featuring the wares of local producers each paired with a special beer from The Townhouse Brewery or Big Spruce.

I am excited to announce the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards coming this October. The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers is proud to announce the First Annual Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards. Mirella Amato, Canada’s only Master Cicerone, will be in Halifax to host a number of beer related activities, culminating in a Beer Awards gala at The Stubborn Goat on Sunday October 5th. This is a BJCP-sanctioned event with awards for beers in 15 categories, plus "Beer of the Year", "Brewery of the Year" and "Brewpub of the year".

The ACBA is funded by the Canadian Association for Professional Sommeliers - Atlantic Chapter, and sponsored by The Stubborn Goat, Bar Stillwell, The Pub Magazine and Chronicle Herald and in partnership with Ladies Beer League, The Brewnosers and Atlantic Canada Beer Blog

Everyone going to one of sessions at the Prince Edward Island Beer Festival this week end let me know what was your favorite. 

That is all I have for this week so until next week enjoy responsibly and take care.