Friday, February 27, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - February 27, 2015

Hello and welcome to the Maritime Beer report for February 27th.

PEI Brewing Company is previewing their new spring doppelbock - Re-Animator. Conditioned for a few months, sweet, malty, and a bit of heat from the 8.2% ABV. On tap now in the brewery only for a short time.

Picaroons Traditional Ales has kicked off a new series of beers, brewed by, brewed for, and named after, it's staff. The first beer in the series is an easy drinking ale named "GRIFF", brewed by Picaroons' longest running staff member and brewer, Ryan "GRIFF" Griffith. It is a 4.8% ABV Pale Ale that's moderately hopped with Willamette hops and just a little bit of Fuggles hops giving it a nice and pleasant earthy tone. Every one of Picaroons' 30 staff members will have a chance to write and brew a recipe of their very own, with some assistance and guidance from head-brewer, Myles Mackenzie, and owner/operator/brewer, Sean Dunbar. Picaroons is encouraging it's staff to let the creative juices flow freely and to be as experimental as they would like.
GRIFF went on tap this week at the Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton, exclusively for Growler fills and while supplies last.
Also Picaroons' Maple Cream Ale will be back on Monday, tune in next week for more details.

The Pump House Brewery is releasing Biere de Garde, belgian saison, soon. It is their Gold medal winner from the 2014 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner. It will be bottling on next week and will be available in six packs. This is a strong 6.5% ABV and 15 IBUs beer.

The 1st Annual Railcar Brewing Home Brew-Off competition has more details for Maritime homebrewers. Participants will produce a batch of Scottish Export 14C  and the beer judged best overall will be scaled up to commercial size and released as a Railcar Brewing seasonal. Submission Entrants must be homebrewers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or PEI and cannot be produced on the premises of a commercial brewery. Beers will be judged according to BJCP 2014 Style Guidelines.

Red Rover Brewing Company are working on something a little special for Fredericton Craft Beer Festival with their friends at Big Axe Brewery. Want to find out more? They will be at our 1st Birthday Party tomorrow, and of course here next week.

Big Spruce Brewing were collaborating or is it conspiring this week with Don Campbell of Barnone Brewing in PEI. What they were conspiring up was an Imperial IPA. Look for details on this one soon.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company says they were able to find some more elusive hops for another, and possibly the last, batch of Unobtanium. It came out today at the bottle shops and brewery.

North Brewing Company has bottled its Gus' 65 M Blonde ale will be available Rockheads, Cristall and Harvest by tomorrow. They are also brewing up a secret brew with Bar Stillwell. Stillwell always seems to have great collaborations so this should be interesting.

Paddy’s Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant Wolfville are very excited to have won The Annapolis Valley Chamber Of Commerce Award for Best Bar/Pub/Lounge. Congratulations.

Sea Level Brewing has released El Rojo Diablo Double IPA. For this year’s Double IPA they have chosen a New Zealand hop called Waimea and it has intense aroma characteristics.  It has an ABV of 7.666% and a IBU of 88. 
Find it on Tap in Halifax at Bar Stillwell, Obladee Wine Bar, and Boardroom Game Café. In 355ml Cans at private stores. growlers filled in Halifax at Rockhead Wine & Beer Market and Harvest & Wines.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company says its RR#2 LAGER is back. Coming in at 4.9% ABV and hopped with Malagash grown Crystal and Mt. Hood hops! Light, floral, refreshing. Available in growlers.

The Moncton Beer League is partnering with Chef Matthew Pennell (Chopped Canada Champion) for a delectable 4-course menu of amuse bouche, appetizer, main, and dessert - each paired with a different NB beer, plus an additional welcome beer.  This is a 19+ event. Early bird tickets are on sale on now. 

Thanks for joining me again this week and until next time enjoy responsibly.