Friday, September 25, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - September 25, 2015



Hello and welcome to the September 25th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Barnone Brewing notes they have a special release Sub Stanchel Wet hopped harvest Ale. Available now at the Old Triangle and Dublin Pub in PEI.

PEI Brewing Company says its Pumpkin Ale is back. Pumpkin ale seems to be loved or hated but several maritime breweries will have theirs out this month and next.

Big Axe Brewery was brewing some sweetness making a special ale using rooftop honey from Food at The Crowne Downtown in Fredericton. They say look for details coming soon. 

Big Tide Brewing published that this year's fresh hops ale selections include Indian Beach Kölsch that is on tap now, Indian Beach Pumpkin Ale and Indian Beach Harvest Ale.

Celtic Knot Brewing announced that a harvest ale version of the Hopicide IPA will be available very soon. This version is generously wet hopped with Cascade hops thanks to Jeff Smith of  Amherst NS. The oyster stout that they announced over the summer will be out soon. 

Hammond River Brewing's Harvest Ale, brewed with fresh hops grown right there at the brewery . It is a 7.0% ABV and 70 IBUs beer and is available now wherever HRB is served.

Big Spruce Brewing released Craig Goes Yard their annual Hop Harvest American IPA that is 6.7% ABV. This beer use the hops harvested from their farm and for you beer nerds Jeremy says it was a mid-boil Chinook, late addition Nugget, followed by the wet hop addition of Goldings and Mt Hood in hop back. They dry hopped it with some Mandarina. Tasting notes on the beer are "tropical passion fruit flavour, with crisp, wine-like aromatics, this beer truly speaks to the unique terroir characteristics of our farm."

Boxing Rock Brewing have re-released The Darkness Cascadian Dark Ale for a fall release. Soon to appear in your local NSLC.

Garrison Brewing kicked off fall with the release of its pumpkin  seasonal, Double Jack Pumpkin Ale. It is a 8% ABV ale and was one of my favorite pumpkin beers last year, not overly spiced. 

North Brewing launched their second harvest ale "Setting Sun". It is a wet hopped saison aged on sour cherries. Hops from the valley include Cascade, Willamette and Chinook, and they aged the beer on valley grown cherries from Stirling Fruit Farms. The result is a beautiful thing. Aromas that evoke a ripe cherry orchard,notes of tart cherry followed by grapefruit bitterness and rounded out with a peppery finish.

Meander River Farm says its beer Homegrown, their once a year offering of a wet hopped brew made entirely with hops grown on the farm, is ready. The hops are picked fresh and brewed within 24 hours to create a very unique, smooth, extremely tasty golden beer with exceptional hop character. The 4.2% ABV IPA is available at the brewery this weekend alongside the last bit of Summer Solstice IPA.

Rock Bottom Brewpub has a wet hopped APA on tap upstairs at Your Fathers Moustache, it is their regular Duster APA brewed with Nova Scotia grown Centennial hops, which are a bit less piney than their Yakima counter parts with a bit of an orange / tangerine undertone.
At the Rock Bottom in addition to their regulars, and also a traditional British Brown Ale. Light semi-sweet malt body, toasted nut aromas and mild toffee flavour. Lightly hopped with earthy English varietals. Lastly they have a Märzen that is a red German lager, the classic beer of Octoberfest. A malty amber lager with a clean, rich, bready malt flavour, restrained bitterness, and dry finish.

Rudder's Brew Pub is having their 10th annual Brewer's Dinner on October 2nd at 7 PM and reservations are required. It is a 4 course meal each paired with a Rudder's beer. Get details now on their facebook page

Spindrift Brewing saw its beer launched at the NSLC this week. This was earlier than the expected September 28th date and had a lot of buzz on social media. Their flagship beer is an amber lager that weighs in at 5% ABV and is called simply Coastal Lager. 

Tatamagouche Brewing as I mentioned last week released a new IPA this week called Deception Bay IPA that is a 6.2% ABV  beer. On Wednesday Matt was brewing a Rye and Ginger Ale with fresh ginger and orange peel. It smelled fantastic in the brewhouse, look for this in about 3 weeks or so.

Uncle Leo's Brewery released its German Altbier this week at the brewery, get this limited release while it lasts. It is 5.2% ABV.

Unfiltered Brewing released its next beer today. Hop Riot India Red Ale is Nash's first single-varietal fresh-hopped beer, made with 200 kg of Centennial. In their pursuit of trying to source as much as possible locally they were very happy to find that the Maritime Hop Growers Cooperative could provide all the hops they needed for the batch. The hops were in the mash-tun within about six hours of harvesting, and they say you can taste the fresh hoppiness and roasted malt. It is a 7.3% ABV beer.

The Moncton Beer League is proud to bring you the first Atlantic Canadian Craft Beer Oktoberfest on Friday, October 9th at the Crowne Plaza Moncton downtown in support United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick. This event will be set up like a trade show – similar to a beer festival, but food stations will be interspersed between craft beer stations.
The regular session from 7:30-10pm allows you unlimited beer samples in your custom take-home glass from Jym Line Glassware. The VIP ticket gets you a special glass, along with an industry panel discussion and exclusive guided beer tasting in addition to the regular session. Regular session tickets are on sale for $58+fees and VIP tickets are $68+fees and are available now on eventbrite.

Thanks for checking out the news again this week and supporting local craft brewers and until next time, enjoy responsibly.

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