For the maritimes it seems like spring forgot us but Earth Day is tomorrow and it is a very busy beer news week.
Garrison Brewing released their Sugar Moon Maple for the season. This beer is brewed with Nova Scotia maple sap from Sugar Moon Farm. Dark-amber colour with a clear maple aroma and toasty, caramel and maple flavours. The term Sugar Moon was originally coined by Native Americans for the sugaring season. The beer is 6.3% ABV and 17 IBUs and is available at the brewery and NSLC stores in 650 ml bottles for $5.95
They also have Mon Cerise out today. It is a colossal collaboration bringing together the old guard and new blood of HRM’s craft brewing scene. Garrison, Good Robot, North and Spindrift collaborated and brewed this Cherry Belgian Lager as part of Garrison’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. Aged on sour cherries, this highly effervescent, reddish-amber Belgian lager has a ton of complexity. It has a slightly tart, mellow cherry aroma, but sweet maltiness from Munich and Crystal additions. Clean and crisp, with tart cherry flavour layered over sweet malt character. It is draft only at the Garrison retail location for samples and growler fills, Spindrift, Good Robot and Battery Park. It is a 5.4% ABV and 12 IBU beer.
Unfiltered Brewing has brought back two of their most popular beers. Front Line Rocker described as massively juicy and mind-shatteringly hoppy and sStill their fastest-selling beer (8% ABV 100+ IBU). Also in time for summer Daytimer, the kettle-soured Berliner Weisse, dry-hopped with Mosaic for a blast of tropical goodness (3.4% ABV).
Good Robot Brewing says Day of Beer and Vinyl (National Vinyl Day) will see the release of their five-month-aged barleywine, Mississippi Goddam. It's a dark, rich, vinous, with a super caramel-fruitcake nose to it, at 12% ABV.
Work With Whatcha Got Gruit Earth Day Ale is coming out on Sunday, April 23rd, made with all-organic Horton Ridge grain (both summer and winter malts) all-NS hops from Fundy Hops (Chinook and Centennial), maple sap, maple buds, and toasted yellow and paper birch from Erica's neck of the woods off the St. Margaret's Bay Road.
Heritage Brewing now officially own the building at 19 Kirk Street in Yarmouth. They say "In 6-8 weeks we should have all renovations completed and, with luck on our side, be selling beer".
Schoolhouse Brewing will be officially opening its new larger facility in downtown Windsor on April 29th. This will be the start of regular retail hours at the 40 Water Street that will house the 10 BBL brewhouse, retail space as well as a taproom. Future plans include serving full pints, once they have a beverage permit, that will include six Schoolhouse taps and three other taps from Nova Scotia breweries for onsite consumption as well as bands and vinyl nights at the brewery.
Tatamagouche Brewing have Russian Imperial Stout back on the shelves. It is their gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards last year.
Tidehouse Brewing released a new beer today that they're calling "Oat 'n a boat". Oat 'n a boat is a super crushable (cool guy talk for easy drinking) light bodied Jarrylo APA. They say the 5.5% ABV beer is "Crisp, with subtle notes of banana, pear and fruity spice".
Uncle Leo's Brewery have renamed Winterschlaf to Ceilidh Ale and released it in cans. Uncle Leo's is slowly changing over to canning from bottles.
Wayfarers' Ale Society are going to offer three of their beers in cans designed by us with the help of a local Horton High School artist Brianna Darton. Look for Ruby Ale, Hellene and One-Eyed River Hog in cans coming soon.
Another new brewery is getting ready to open in Elmsdale this summer. Chill Street Fresh Beer and Cider Market is hoping to open in June in their own spot but inside Sobey's. They will be a welcome addition to Hants County, look for details on their brewery to start being released immediately.
2 Crows Brewing has a couple of events coming up this week end. Tonight is a Tap Takeover at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub. Look for 8-10 beers on tap, beer sampling with special pricing on beer flights.
Brewer's Brunch with 2 Crows Brewing also at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub on Saturday. It is a ticketed event that includes four 12 oz Beers from 2 Crows as well as four food pairings (with dessert!). Tickets are $39.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
The Grand Banker Bar & Grill is hosting Winemaker Vs. Brewmaster V on April 29th. It is a taste-off between Hanspeter Stutz, of Grand Pré Wines and Emily Tipton of Boxing Rock Brewing, who will each receive Grand Bankers culinary team's five course menu in advance, with the mission to put their best pairing forward for each course and present them to diners.It is beer vs. wine and you are the judge. Vote with a beer cap or a wine cork after each pairing. It includes five wines, five brews, and five courses. $95 + tax & gratuity.