Friday, August 5, 2016

MBR August 5, 2016 - NB/PEI Edition

Welcome to the beer report, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island edition, for August 5th. 

Two cousins, Mark and Mitch Symes, have opened New Brunswick's latest craft brewery. Beckwith Road Brewing Company (BRBC) is in the Moncton area and will start on a 1/2 BBL system with Mitch doing the brewing and Mark handling the sales and marketing. 
BRBC will be producing three American style beers initially including Boston George Pale Ale a 6.3% ABV and 66 IBU that Mark describes as a well balanced ale, a Blonde and an Amber. At time of writing they are awaiting listings from ANBL to sell the beer they have ready to go. 
The name of the brewery in an homage to the multigenerational (5 generations) 1000 acre farm that is north of  Moncton, there is plans to use the farm for ingredients for the brewery starting over the next several years. 

Big Axe Brewing is attending Seaport Beer Fest this week end and are bringing three special beers to debut. Purple Maize pilsner (5.2% ABV) made with Peruvian Purple Corn, Chaga Porter (5.4% ABV) made with local chaga mushrooms and the new Sea Buckthorn Golden Sour Ale (4.8% ABV). The new ale described as slightly sour yet refreshing and bitter is made from the native berries the have many medicinal properties. 

Today is Big Tide Brewing's 7th anniversary. Join them this weekend for a pint of 7 malt 7% Anniversary Amber Ale, Brewed with plenty of Local Cascade and West coast Willamette hops. 

Picaroons Traditional Ales says Pride Sally Pride Apricot Ale is back and now on tap at the Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John, in tribute of Saint John Pride, and will be on tap at the Brewtique in Downtown Fredericton starting this Sunday August 7th to kick off Fredericton Pride Week 2016.

Shiretown Brewing have resumed operations after being idle for the last year. Currently people can go to the brewery at 363 Chaleur St in Charlo and purchase beer directly in 500ml bottles from Tuesday to Saturday from 1 PM to 8PM. 
They have Blonde Du Quai, Sirens T’ale and the I.P.A Cartier’s Columbus available for now. They are aiming to be in stores on the 15th of August just in time for the Acadian Celebration and will be in all of the ANBL stores from Bathurst up to Saint-Quentin. 
Big Brown Ale is currently being made and should be ready and bottled up just in time for availability in stores. The brewer is currently thinking about making “Black Current Wheat” as their next batch.

Trail Way Brewing have a new session ale called Luster. Described as hazy, bright, with tropical-juicy hops and full-bodied with a pillowy mouthfeel with little to no bitterness, and is a super sessionable 3.7% ABV.  Trail Way says motivation and inspiration for this one were all the intensely flavoured New England hop-forward ales. On tap now at the brewery.  

Upstreet Craft Beer has released Island Hopspitality in honour of IPA Day yesterday. It is a California-style west-coast IPA brewed through the union of Maritime Malt with Australian and New Zealand hops. It is a 6.5% ABV and 50 IBU beer and is on tap now at the brewery. 
The Upstreet Block Party returns for its second year, bigger and better than before. Last year this was Upstreet's biggest event and they want to make this one even more memorable and fun!.
They have an awesome lineup of bands, some new activities provided by Art in the Open, the Charlottetown Fire Fighters Association, and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a new inflatable rock climbing wall, virtual reality demos and a new super-sized beer garden. 
Returning from last year is the great food, great beer, brewery tours, lawn games, pop-up barber shop, and community art project. Following the Block Party they will be hosting an after party in the tap room featuring a couple of the best local DJ's. Details on facebook now.

Moncton Area Beer League are hosting another Urban Beer Hike on Saturday, August 20th at five beer bars downtown Moncton where you will sample craft beer and food at each stop on this walking tour. Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets are available for Atlantic Canadian Craft Brew Oktoberfest on September 24th. Sample local Atlantic Canadian craft brew and food while supporting United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB. Regular session 7:30-10 PM and VIP session available 6-10 PM with industry panel discussion and guided beer tasting in a special Munique style glass.

It's time for another meeting of the Saint John Ladies Beer Club. This time they'll be visiting the Saint John Ale House, where they'll hear from their staff about the amazing variety of beers they serve. The Saint John Ale House has the biggest beer menu in the city, so this event is not to be missed .

There will be a series of pairing events that will be held at Britt's pub + eatery during the next few months. Local beer, wine, and industry expert Craig Pinhey will collaborate wtih Britt's very own Executive Chef Jim Hayes to create special menus and tastings for you to enjoy. Their first event will be a 5 Course Beer + Food Pairing on: 
- August 10th - Britts Uptown 
- August 11th - Britts at Golf Rockwood
They evenings start at 7:00 PM but please note that space is limited. You can fegister at either location or by phone at 506.214.5335 and the cost $49 + tax per person.

Have a great week end and enjoy responsibly.