Friday, September 23, 2016

MBR September 23, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Welcome to the first report of fall and we are deep in harvest time here in the Maritimes.

Big Spruce Brewing has developed something really cool. They have developed their own proprietary yeast. For over a year they have tested and isolated a wild strain of  saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewers' yeast) from right on their organic farm. Look for the resultant beer soon and the full story on Big Spruce's facebook page.

Garrison Brewing has Hammerschlagen, an Oktoberfest-style brew that was exclusive for their event last weekend but some kegs have ended up at the brewery for everyone’s sampling and growler-filling pleasure. Garrison says "At 5.4% ABV and 14 IBUs this amber-coloured lager boasts delicious toffee and caramel flavours and an aroma of dark fruit. It is a great beer to enjoy with a variety of foods but is especially delicious paired with pub fare". 
Next Thursday, September 29th Garrison will be bringing back Double Jack Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewmaster Daniel carved up “Cinderella” pumpkins, then added Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice & Nutmeg to create this pumpkin ale. The fall brew has subtle aromas of pumpkin and baking spices with 8.0% ABV and 30 IBUs. 

Hell Bay Brewing has Black Flag IPA on tap. This black IPA is 6.1% ABV and 55 IBU and has a nice balance of hops to dark malts. The addition of Demerara sugar lends a bit of a rum flavour to bring out your inner pirate.

Lazy Bear Brewing created a pale ale with a late addition of the handpicked cascade hops (40 bines worth generously provided by Pat Hudgins in Aylesford, NS). The resulting beer has a slight citrus nose with aroma of green, fresh hops. On tap now. 

North Brewing says this Saturday Many Hands version 4.0 drops! The annual wet hopped collaboration brew with Boxing Rock Brewing this year not only features 100% local fresh hops but also locally malted barley from Horton Ridge Malt. Peter Burbridge says "This is a celebration of what Nova Scotia has to offer and speaks volumes about how far the local craft beer industry has come. Not only do we have micro breweries employing hundreds of people, we also have spin off agricultural and value added artisanal business adding more to the job market and the richness of Nova Scotian culture. So let's all toast Nova Scotia and the next four years of collaboration".

Schoolhouse Brewery has released this years first rendition of Big Red Schoolhouse. Made with fresh Wolfville hops the beer is 6.5% ABV and 80 IBUs. Look for this beer on the first Thursday in October at our new location at 40 Water Street in Windsor for that months sneak peek. 

Have a great week end and as always enjoy responsibly.