Friday, August 12, 2016

MBR August 12, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Here is all the Nova Scotia Beer News that is happening for August 12th. 

The beer for Ladies Beer League's 2 Crows Brewing Preview Party on August 18th have been released. They are:
- Oat Pilsner. 4.8% ABV, 28 IBU. Clean, crisp, slightly spicy/floral hop presence, grainy texture from a good proportion of malted oats.
- Table Beer. 3.8% ABV, 13 IBU. Citrus, grapefruit, low bitterness but big hop aroma, refreshing.
- Wild Northeast IPA. 7.8% ABV, 62 IBU. Fuzzy, juicy, tropical, fermented with a blend of wild and 'clean' yeasts.
In addition to this list there will be other special brews available to sample.

Tickets available now. 

Big Spruce Brewing has a couple of new enticing beers out. Complexified, a Baltic Porter that was barrel aged for 4 months, 50% in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels and 50% in Glenora Single Malt whisky barrels. It was then blended, carbonated, and kegged. It sounds delicious but you will have to go to the brewery to get some. 
The other beer is Dawn Wit Berries, a Belgian Strawberry Wit. It was fermented on Escarpment Laboratories Fruity Wit Yeast, and conditioned on 150 lbs of organic strawberries from Wings of Dawn farm in NS. Sounds like an awesome summer beer at 4.8% ABV and 17 IBUs.

Garrison Brewing has Halifax Oktoberfest, happening September 16th and 17th at the Salter St parking lot.
Friday, September 16th from 6:30 PM to 11 PM, they are hosting Hops ‘n’ Brats with twelve breweries from across the province. Attendees can sample while enjoying sausage-themed food and live music! Entry is $24 which includes 8 sample tickets and a souvenir sample cup. 
Saturday, September 17th is the Traditional Halifax Oktoberfest. Gates will open to the public at 11 AM with traditional German food, games, and of course delicious Garrison beer all night long. Tons of stuff happening for more information can be found at

Good Robot Brewing has released The Fermenter Has Been Drinking - Creampuff Caspar Milquetoast Ale. It is an American Stout that comes in at 6.7% ABV 60 IBUs. The genesis of the beer happened from the kettle burner dying during a brew of Tom Waits creating the new beer. Get is now at the brewery

The Nook and Cranny Brew Pub has a new cider to sip on their patio. Summer cider is now pouring and made with juice from New Zealand apples, and fermented with a Champagne yeast. Available now.

North Brewing has a new beer out today. It is Horton Single Malt - Belgian Specialty Ale and is 7% ABV. Brewed with 100% Horton Ridge vienna malt and dry hopped with cascade hops. 

A lot of people tell me they have a hard time finding Sober Island Brewing beer in the area. Those problems will be remedied in early 2017 with the arrival of their 7 BBL brewhouse that they are expecting by mid-December.

Tatamagouche Brewing is continuing its Giant Series this week with four new beers.  They made a Belgian golden strong earlier this year that they aged in barrels and then added fruit to each. One barrel had raspberries, one had strawberries and ginger, and one had cherries and blackberries. There are very limited amounts of each of these. All of the new beer will be on tap at the brewery for samples but very small amount of each. They are also finally ready to release their 8.4% ABV bottle conditioned Belgian tripel as well as a barrel-aged version of their Baltic porter. 
The new Giant beers are being released as follows:

Wednesday August 10th - Barrel Aged Baltic Porter
Thursday August 11th - Raspberry Golden Strong
Friday August 12th - Strawberry & Ginger Golden Strong
Saturday August 13th - Tatamagouche Tripel

But wait there is more, Cellar slammer was released again this week for Growler fills, cans, kegs and a cask on Saturday at brewery.
The Food Wolf Food Truck will also be on site Friday from 2 PM to 8 PM and Saturday from 3 PM to 7 PM cooking up a versatile menu including Asian (Korean, Taiwanese, Sichuan) cuisine, locally sourced meats and vegan comfort foods.
The Giant Series are all in 650 ml bottles and a few kegs for special occasions and watch for the Cherry & Blackberry Golden Strong to be release over the next couple weeks. 

Unfiltered Brewing brought back a favorite today. All Falc'd Up DIPA is made with two-row malt and the 7c version of Falconer's Flight hops making for a tropical-fruit/citrusy hop-bomb. It is a 7.5% ABV and 100+ IBU beer available now for growler fills and by the pint.

Wayfarers' Ale Society has released its fourth beer. The EPA is an English pale ale that it is 5% ABV and described as flavourful and hoppy with a low bitterness. Now on tap at the brewery. 

The NSLC will be hosting Unibroue’s Cicerone Sylvain Bouchard at the Port store on August 26th for an exclusive 17 Grand Réserve 6-litre bottle launch event. He will share the secrets of the taster’s art and teaches how to master beer and food pairings.
Attendees will have first access to the opportunity to purchase a 6 l bottle of 17 Grand Reserve. This beer is the largest format and most expensive beer that the NSLC has carried to date and only 32 bottles will be available for purchase. Samples of  Port-exclusive Unibroue beers will be provided to attendees alongside food pairings:
- Éphémère Apple
- Blonde de Chambly
- La Fin du Monde
- Maudite
- Unibroue 17 Grand Réserve
Tickets are $35 + HST and can be purchased at The Port with only 30 tickets available.

Thanks for following along this week and as always, enjoy responsibly.