Friday, March 4, 2016

Maritime Beer Report - March 4, 2016

Hello and welcome to the March 4th edition of the Maritime Beer Report.

Bore City Brewing released their first specialty/seasonal ale last week end. Night and Day is a Black IPA that weighs in at 6.4% ABV  and 63 IBUs. It is described as a hop forward Black IPA balanced with subtle roasted maltiness. Made with Cascade, Summit and Zythos hops.

Picaroons Traditional Ales says its Maple Cream Ale is back. Look for it at the Alcool NB Liquor locations, the Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton and more while supplies last.

Trail Way Brewing brewed up a new Session Black IPA (4% ABV) that is as yet unnamed. It is hopped entirely with Aussie hops. Great bitterness coming from hops as well as the roasted malts followed by juicy hops and great dark malt character. To be on tap very shortly at 540 Kitchen & Bar and King Street Ale House.

Boxing Rock Brewing's Black Box Challenge judging is this Sunday at Stillwell.  To recap, 20 homebrewers entered the competition and received eight malts, five hops and two yeast varieties so from these ingredients and only these. If this competition wasn't different already the brewers must present the beers to the judging panel and the judging will happen after. The winner gets to brew their beer at Boxing Rock’s Shelburne plant and launch it at the “Stillwell Open” during Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week in May.

Garrison Brewing released their final Cellar series beer today. To Prussia With Love is described as intensely dark and flavourful, this regal brew combines strong Baltic Porter with Barrel Aged Imperial ESB for a rich complexity. It is a hefty 10% ABV and 35 IBUs.
Last evening Garrison Brewing held their 8th Annual Home Brew-Off Gala to over 100 attendees packed in to the brewery to watch the award presentation, sample beers from the finalists and talk brewing. With 44 unique entries, the winner was Mark Power with his Chamomile IPA. 
Garrison also released Mr. Robusto, a Robust Porter, the winner from last year's Brew-Off. A very complex dark ale it pours dark brown, almost black.  The brewery describes it as "Aroma reminiscent of sweet chocolate, with vanilla, caramel and some grainy character.  Tastes towards bitter dark chocolate, nicely balanced out by chocolate, smooth caramel, hops flavor and dark fruits." Mr. Robusto weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 33 IBUs.

Nine Locks Brewing, Nova Scotia's newest brewery, opened for business this week. Their name is an homage to the Shubenacadie Canal system nearby, They have an IPA and ESB currently available for growler fills at the brewery. A Porter and a Dirty Blonde will follow shortly to round out their offerings for the time being. The canning line is due to start later this month, the cans are due to be sold at the brewery, private stores as well as the NSLC. The retail store is open Monday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

North Brewing released Dartmouth Dark 2.0 today at the breweries. This time Anchored Coffee Cannon Espresso was infused into a Dark Lagered Ale. It is ‬ 4.5% ABV .

Propeller Brewing says its next Prop'r Cask Night at the brewery with feature Black Sheep Restaurant and will be on April 1st. Tickets available now on eventbrite.

Spindrift Brewing's next 7th Wave release is Blueberry 'Pai' Wheat Beer. Spindrift says "This wheat ale pours a solid white head with crisp notes of grain due to a high percentage of wheat in the malt bill. It was aged on loose leaf Masala Chai Tea and PEI blueberry puree. The aromatics are of cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla. Each gulp tastes like a piece of savory blueberry pie!"

The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery has a new beer on tap. Terry's Red Ale, 4.5% ABV, Get it before it is gone.

Have a great week end and as always enjoy responsibly.