Friday, December 4, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - December 4, 2015

Welcome to the December 4th edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Upstreet Craft Brewing is releasing its newest seasonal today. Black Tie Affair is a sweet and roasty stout, balanced by a touch of cranberry tartness and a hint of rich vanilla. Just what you need to spruce up the dark winter evenings. 
Lots of other changes going on at the brewery. They will begin offering a selection of local wine and cider to patrons who aren't beer fans and a full menu. Upstreet in partnership with local chef and caterer John Pritchard will begin offering food four nights a week starting December 9th. JP has prepared a selection of taproom tapas and sharable plates that, definitely won’t be your typical pub food.
Finally, due to the popularity of White Noize, Upstreet has decided to turn the seasonal into a flagship beer that you will be able to buy year-round and will also be available in bottles very soon. 

Picaroons Traditional Ales The 12 Beers of Christmas are returning. Starting on Saturday December 12th at The Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, They will once again be releasing a different festive brew each day for 12 days. They will announce each day's beer at 12 noon and it will be ready for your Growlers starting at 4 PM. (On Sundays the beer will be announced AND tapped at noon). Quantities are still extremely limited but this year they are lifting the 2 Growlers per person limit but are asking people not to be greedy. 

Big Spruce Brewing hit a milestone this week by brewing their 400th batch of beer. In case you were wondering it was their very popular Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout. 
The home brew-off judging was last Sunday of Red IPA, Altbier and Dark Czech Lager. There were 50 beers entered and here are the winners. 

3D. Czech Dark Lager
GOLD: Eric Gautier (co brewer Justin Clarke)
SILVER: Derek Stapleton
BRONZE: Justin Clarke (co brewer Eric Gautier)

7B. Altbier
GOLD: Eric Gautier (co brewer Justin Clarke)
SILVER: Keith Forbes and Mike Orr
BRONZE: Andrew Martin

21B. Red IPA
GOLD: Shawn Meek
SILVER: Scott MacLean & Randy Rowe
BRONZE: Josh Armstrong

And the winner of Best in show is "Czech Yo Self" a Czech Dark Lager by Eric Gautier (co brewer Justin Clarke). They will be brewing the beer shortly.

Boxing Rock Brewing says U-889 is on the shelves now for a very limited time.

Propeller Brewing is releasing its next One Hit Wonder today. The Jaromir Lagr Imperial Czechoslovakian Lager. This one is a 6.8% ABV lager. 

Unfiltered Brewing has brought back DOA DIPA. It is crazy with citrus from the Citra and just a bit of malt sweetness and weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 100+ IBUs.

CBC's Land and Sea will be featuring Tatamagouche Brewing, Meander River Farm & Brewery, and Big Spruce Brewing this Sunday, December 6th, at 12 noon. The half hour show is titled “Craft Beer” and will be available online afterwards. 

Have a great week and check out my Facebook this week end for a great giveaway. Until next time enjoy responsibly.