Welcome to the May 2-4 week end edition of the Maritime Beer report, a little late as I am visiting family.
Picaroons Traditional Ales announced its new Pivot Imperial IPA. This is a special new 8% ABV Imperial IPA with a special concept. At the centre of this beer is a solid foundation of Canadian 2 Row and a dash of Canadian Toasted Wheat. Around this foundation Picaroons will pivot the hops from batch to batch as they experiment and play with different hop varieties. Each batch will be different and you will be able to find out about your specific PIVOT by checking the batch number on the label and going to http://picaroons.ca/pivot. Pivot #1 is now at The Picaroons Roundhouse, The Brewtique, The The Picaroons General Store, and The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse. Next week they will be releasing bottles of Pivot #2 throughout New Brunswick.
Pivot #1 is hopped with Warrior, Azacca, and Hallertau Blanc and they say it is fruity and floral and to expect notes of melon, pineapple, bubblegum, and white grapes.
They took what they learned from their first Pivot and dialed it in a little bit more. They omitted the Hallertau Blanc hops and chose to focus more on the tropical nature of Azacca and the piney-ness of Warrior. They also increased the dry-hop addition to bring out even more hop aroma. They describe tropical and resiny with huge pineapple notes, along with passionfruit, mango and pine.
Barnone Brewery released Try on this week. Brewed with 100% Island grown barley grown by the Craig Family in Tryon and malted by Horton Ridge Malt and Grain in N.S. The beer is available at the brewery and is 5.0% ABV.
Big Axe Craft Beer Festival announced that a second bus will be added departing from Food at The Crowne Downtown at 1:30 PM arriving in Nackawic at 2:30 PM and departing Nackawic at 9:15 PM, expected arrival back in Fredericton is 10 PM. Get your tickets now.
Foghorn Brewing has brought back Yellow Dart their India Session Ale. They say they think it's the best craft beer to kick off your May long weekend.
Hammond River Brewing have released details on their first four beers that will be bottled by them. Gammie California Steam Ale (a tribute to Shane's amazing Father that passed away in 2014), Hop Flash IPA, Red Coat IRA and Blood Orange Hefeweizen. They will be bottling in a 500 ml style bottle that is unique to here and not being used by any other brewery in NB. Look for these on ANBL shelves across the Province and available for purchase at the brewery in a month or so.
Trailway Brewing released Ellipse this week in cans. Ellipse was originally brewed back in December but was not canned and the majority left the tasting room for the growler program. The inspiration for this one was the intense orange-citrus character coming from the absolute freshest Amarillo hops they could find. Some Columbus hops add dankness and spiciness giving this one an interesting complexity. The ale is 6.3% ABV and has wicked orange juice character.
Hope you all have a fun safe long week end.