Friday, October 9, 2015

Maritime Beer Report - October 9, 2015

It has been a beautiful week here in Halifax, I hope you had a chance to enjoy some of it, now for the beer highlights of the past week.

Upstreet Craft Brewing says today at 6PM following the pumpkin drop, the Gravedigger Imperial Pumpkin Ale will be available. it is a 7.5% ABV and 30 IBU beer.. This recipe originated with home brewer Ryan Palmer 2 years ago and became something of legend last Fall when Hogie and Ryan brewed the next version.

Big Spruce Brewing is having live music every afternoon between today and next Saturday except for Sunday for Celtic Colours. They will also have a food truck onsite during that time and next Friday a pig roast. If you are a leaf peeper and in the area even more incentive to drop by and tap your toes and enjoy the brewery.

Breton Brewing is releasing its Celtic Colours Maple Lager today, to be specific it is a German Munich Helles Lager that has 20 liters of pure Nova Scotia maple syrup. Only one batch was produced  so get it while it lasts

FirkinStein Brewing will be selling Growlers at Hubbards Barn Farmers Market tomorrow from 8 AM to Noon. This is a great chance to try beer from the areas newest brewery.

Garrison Brewing did a soft launch of its 3 Fields Harvest Ale this week. It is a 6.3% ABV beer made with 8 varieties of fresh hops from Meander River Farm, Fiddlehop Farm and Ross Farm Museum. Available now at the NSLC, private stores soon and at the brewery.

Granite Brewery is selling Black and Tan in growlers from the beer store on Stairs Street. It is a blend of the Best Bitter and Keefe's Irish Stout. They also said the Honey Ginger is gone for the season but will return next summer.

It was reported in The Coast that Nine Locks Brewing will be opening at 219 Waverley Road in the same building as Mic Mac Tavern late next month. The microbrewery is an homage to the nine locks of the Shubenacadie Canal and the 7000 square foot brewhouse will house a 20 BBL DME system , Rockbottom brewmaster Jake Saunders and Chris Downey, formerly of Montreal's Brutopia, will be initially brewing 6 beer styles:
 - IPA
- Extra Special Bitter
- White Ale
- Porter
Early in 2016 they plan to have their beer available in growlers at the brewery as well as in 473 ml cans that will be at the brewery, NSLC, restaurants and private liquor stores.

The Nook and Cranny in Truro has switched it up and now have their own Pumpkin Spiced Ale on tap with a sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg rim. The beer is 4.5% ABV and the aroma is more all spice oriented, just like a fresh baked pumpkin pie.

James Joyce Pub is hosting the first of a series of "Meet your Makers" featuring Big Axe Brewing. Join them on October 23rd at 7:30 pm with Peter and Tatiana and a tap takeover. Its your chance to meet with them and talk about beer.

Thanks it for this week, everyone have a great Thanksgiving and until next time enjoy responsibly.