Friday, July 8, 2016

Maritime Beer Report - July 8, 2016

Hope everyone had a great long week end, here is the Beer Report for July 8th.

Downeast Beer Factory tells me they had a setback in the brewhouse that they are working on. When it is fixed their new brewer, Dave Doran, will be producing their core brands and the retail store will be opening. For now they have growlers on sale of the one-offs red and IPA for sale at the restaurant.

FirkinStein Brewing have released their new Anchors Aweigh Pale Ale. It is a 6% ABV and they tell me a mellow ale.

Garrison Brewing collected $6800 for the Ecology Action Centre from this year's Backlot Bash. It was given to them this week to go towards their capital campaign.

Good Robot Brewing has released their first true collaboration beer with Schoolhouse Brewery. It is a tribute to the nature of music festivals and the artists that grace them: collaborative, exploratory and ridiculously fun. Skratch Plaskett (named after two prominent Nova Scotian artists, Skratch Bastid and Joel Plaskett) is a laid back yet quirky beer featuring a refreshingly light body, tropical nose and citrusy taste. Like the artists it's named for, the breweries are very different in scope, and yet they feel a mutual respect and interest in each other's style. To be released Saturday on tap at Good Robot and for sale at Schoolhouse soon. It weighs in at 5.8% ABV and 25 IBUs.
Next week look for two releases before Friday. The return of The Shocking Pink,classic gose cut with pink lemonade and hibiscus tea, as well as version 6.0 of their APA, which is dry-hopped with HBC Experimental 342 for a floral, citrus and melon flavour.

Propeller Brewing are releasing their latest One Hit Wonder today. Citrus Pale Ale is 5.8% ABV and 25 IBU's beer using Centennial, Columbus, and Ahtanum hops as well as Pale and Wheat Malts and Orange Peels. They say "this summer ale is brewed with clean American Ale yeast that highlights a citrus hop profile of orange and grapefruit. Orange Curacao peel and Ahtanum hops added in the whirlpool, at the end of the brew, give it a clean, dry assertive orange flavour and aroma finish. As always it will be available in growlers only as well as a few select bars.

Saltbox Brewing says their Pioneers Club will be tasting their first beer offerings next week and they tell me everyone else will see it shortly after. The wait is almost over Mahone Bay.

Unfiltered Brewing says Front Line Rocker DIPA is back. Described as monstrous, juicy, Nash-y, and available today for fills and pints. It is 8% ABV and 100+ IBUs.

Bishop's Cellar staff visited Tatamagouche Brewing a couple of weeks ago to create a collaboration brew. Cellar Slammer India Session Ale is easy drinking summer beer coming in at 4.4% ABV that is on tap now at Bishop's Cellar and Tatamagouche as well as in cans.

PEI Brewing has packaged its CBA gold medal winners in a special four pack. Setting Day Saison, Rogues Roost IPA, Vic Park Pale Ale and Sir John A's Honey Wheat are now in a limited-release 4-pack simply called the Gold Pack and it is now at PEI Liquor locations. 
Coffee Belgian Blonde is making its way to New Brunswick as part of ANBL's keg program, They've brewed up a Belgian Blonde infused with coffee from our local roastery - Receiver Coffee Company. They say keep an eye out for this one to fill up your growlers it's an incredible brew that comes out almost sweet with coffee and floral notes.
Lastly they've recently acquired a used 7-barrel tank which will allow their brewers to play around and make small scale brews and test batches. They say to expect double dry hopped such and such, variations on standard brews and other shenanigans that brewers consider fun.  Up first is a dry-hopped Sir John A's Honey Wheat, followed by a double-dry-hopped 1772 IPA. Rumor has it that a special saison might be coming after that. Check in with the Taproom or with your favorite local beer purveyor to see if they're lucky enough to get one of the limited brews.

The Taste Halifax Beer Bus is expanding over to the Darkside. Every Saturday join them starting from Unfiltered Brewing & Charm School Pub before heading to Spindrift Brewing, Nine Locks Brewing, Battery Park Beer Bar and returning to Good Robot Brewing. Their original tour still goes every Sunday.

Murphys The Cable Wharf are offering a two hour harbour cruise while showcasing four of Nova Scotia's microbreweries. The cruise is set to go every Tuesday for July and August and will feature different beers throughout with most breweries having a representative onboard to talk about the beer and answer any questions.

A couple of beer events in Moncton to save the dates for. First the Urban Beer Hike takes place on Saturday, July 23rd at five beer bars downtown Moncton where there will be plenty of beer and food on this walking tour and all Urban Beer Hike ticket holders will get $5 off their Atlantic Canadian Craft Beer Oktoberfest ticket. They’re planning to repeat the hike on August 20th and September 10th as well.
The second Atlantic Canadian Craft Beer Oktoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 24th at the Moncton Lions Club to support United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick. Enjoy dozens of Atlantic Canadian craft beers and ciders, local food and more. Tickets are on sale tomorrow

Of interest to brewers, a new brewing e-store has opened in Rothesay New Brunswick. The NB Craft Brewers Market will be carrying grains, hops, and yeast from White Labs. The owner Michael Hebert says he is open to bringing in ingredients for customers, so be sure to drop him a hote to see is you can work something out. While not a physical store there will be local pick up available for orders ordered at least two hours prior to pick up. 

That is all for this week, have a great week and as always enjoy responsibly.