Friday, December 19, 2014

Maritime Beer Report - December 19, 2014

Hello and welcome to the December 19th edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Barnone Brewing says that the 'La Vaca Loca' Milk Stout should be ready for next Tuesday and are very happy with how this one turned out. They go on to says they are planning to do a growler night Tuesday the 23rd, weather permitting.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault will have have three of their beers at the Mont Farlagne ski hill this winter. Bob LeBoeuf, Tante Blanche and Louis XVII will be available on tap and in bottles at the bar. Also don't forget their tap takeover is tomorrow at Resto-Bar Le Deck at 7:00 PM.

Grimross Brewing Company will be open in their new facility on Monday 22nd from 12:00 - 10:00 PM. They will have a "Test Batch Belgian Blonde" beer and "Cheval D'or" on in the tap room and they also say they are brewing a Rye IPA that will be ready in about 3 weeks. 

Hammond River Brewing say their Hawaiian Porter called "Into The Dark" is now on tap at Bourbon Quarter Restaurant & Bar. Craig Pinhey, Atlantic Canada's Wine, Beer and Spirits Writer described it as a Bounty Chocolate Bar in a glass. Lots of Coconut came through with hints of Chocolate. Also it is less than one month until the deadline for the 1st annual Home Brew Competition so get brewing. 

Picaroons Traditional Ales officially broke ground this week at the Roundhouse in Fredericton North marking the start of the construction of the new brewery. It is long overdue and will be a great new spot in Fredericton.

Railcar Brewing Company says that on Saturday December 20th they will have two beers on tap from the first of  their "Guest Brewer" Series. Basset Hound Brewing stopped by and brewed up a Blonde Ale and a Cherry Chocolate Stout. One Keg of each only so get in quick and grab them while you can.

Trail Way Brewing Company has produced a Coffee Stout brewed with Kenyan coffee beans roasted by local Whitney Coffee Company and a Hoppy Amber . They will be available at both 540 Kitchen & Bar & the King Street Ale House starting tomorrow night with the official launch at the King Street Ale House at 7:00 PM

Big Spruce Brewing says that it has brewed Eric Gautier's home brew challenge winning wheat beer, Bráthair Éric. Brewed with modest bittering hops, they used both Simcoe and Cascade as late additions, thus giving this beer a great hop flavour. He also decided to dry hop this bad boy with Citra and New Zealand Wakatu hops. They will debut the beer at the Local Connections Food and Craft Beer Festival in Halifax on January 15th. Eric himself will be there pouring his beer.
They also took seven  Gila Squash from Michelle Smith of North Wind Farm in Skye Glen, Cape Breton and then sugar roasted the flesh. See the facebook page for pictures and an interesting story. They added to their mash of a winter warmer beer. This will be a terroir beer, as not only are they using Gila squash , but they are also using hops from Southan Farms in NB, the Doyle family farm in NS and from their farm here at the brewery. Some black strap molasses will be added for some character, and they are targeting an ABV for 9.0%.  Look for it in the New Year.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company introduced Blue Toboggan, spiced winter ale this week. From Boxing Rock "Spiced with the great flavours of the season - cinnamon and ginger. They also added a touch of Haskap juice from our friends at Haskapa just for fun. Pours a pale straw with a tinge of red-blue from the haskap berries with a nice head and ample lacing. On the palate, the ginger comes first followed by cinnamon and a hint of that great haskap berry. It's backed up by a nice malt backbone, mild bitterness and a smooth finish. At 6% ABV, we think it's the perfect beer for apres-ski, apres-sledding or apres-anything you like."
They also say to Save the Date for "The Whole Grain" Party at Boxing Rock. Friday, January 30 from 5-7:30 PM they are having a beer and bread party at the brewery. More details to come after the holidays. It's going to be a night filled with bread, beer and fun! (and cheese)

Garrison Brewing Company has once again partnered with the gang at The Noble Grape to host the 7th Annual Home brew-off  to showcase the talents of our local home brewers. Selected by BJCP Certified Judges, the Gold Medal winner will be invited to join their brewmaster Daniel Girard in brewing a full-sized batch of their recipe for packaging and release as a limited edition seasonal beer.
The 2014 style is 12B. Robust Porter - A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex and flavorful roasty character. Submissions are due by February 12th and be sure to save-the-date for the Awards Gala on March 5th. Get all the details on Garrisons website.

Propeller Brewing Company has a new beer in its One Hit Wonder Series.Snowblower Winter Ale is a dark and sweet brew with a nice warming alcohol character. This beer is full of character with a rich body provided by the use of 5 specialty malts (2 Row, Wheat, Crystal.  Melanoidin, Munich and Roast Malts). While malt character is the focus of this brew, a note of bitterness and traditional English ale aroma rounds out our newest offering. They used Willamette and Fuggles hops and the beer is 6.2% ABV and 31 IBUs.

Rockbottom Brewpub officially announced that Jacob Saunders is stepping into the role of Brewmaster replacing Greg Nash, who is leaving Rockbottom to open his own microbrewery. Jake worked as a brewer ar Rogues Roost and was excited to take on the challenges of taking on the job at Rockbottom. He also says he is a big believer in an open door and, if there’s time, wants everyone to know that he’s available for inquiries. “People can find me down here all the time,” he says. “I want them to know they can come and knock on the door and chat or get a tour. I want the beer to be approachable and fun, and for the brewery to share those traits.”
He is starting out by putting a new Extra Special Bitter on tap at Rockbottom. It's 5.2% ABV and 35 IBUs, It's copper coloured with an aroma of toast, honey and pears. Broad maltly body featuring coffee and toffee. Earthy balanced bitter finish.

‪As reported last week Tatamagouche Brewing Company‬ and The Stubborn Goat Gastropub have a collaboration brew underway for the Local Connections Craft Beer and Local Food Celebration this January 15th. It is a Double IPA but it needs a NAME and they are opening it up to you! The name must be GOAT-RELATED! The best 'Goatey' name will win a FREE PARTY KEG RENTAL (19+) and a $100 GIFT CARD to the Stubborn Goat! Go and comment on the post on their facebook page to enter. Contest closes December 22nd.

Bad Apple Brewhouse is celebrating its first anniversary on December 31st and we get the presents. There is going to be prizes and giveaways as well they are releasing Black & Tackle aged in Planters Ridge red wine barrels and version of Box cutter IPA. It will be happening from 10 to 5 that day. 

This will be the last Maritime Beer Report for 2014, next week will be a Review of the news from 2014 and on January 2nd will be a 2015 Craft Beer Outlook. May you all have a great Holiday season filled with joy and delight enjoying all that it has to offer and as always enjoy responsibly.