Saturday, September 10, 2016

MBR September 9, 2016 - PEI/NB Edition

Lots of news from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island this week.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced the launch of a new partnership that will see sales of PEI Brewing Company's Rogues Roost IPA helping to protect and preserve its iconic namesake. Until December 2016, a portion of Rogues Roost IPA sales will be donated to conservation efforts at Rogues Roost, a treasured and internationally renowned sailing, paddling and hiking paradise just south of Halifax. Read the full release here

Upstreet Craft Brewing have added a new flagship beer and it's their Scottish Export Ale Eighty Bob. it is being added to the lineup of bottles available year-round in liquor stores and in the taproom.
In support the PEI Brewing Company's Fort Mac fundraiser Upstreet auctioned off the opportunity to collaborate with Hogie in making a special one-off beer. Gavin Hall placed the winning bid and chose to make an American Light Lager that he named Lager Quest. The small batch of beer is made with Maritime barley and flaked corn, is light in colour and has a dry finish. It's ready and wont last long, so come out to the release on September 10th to try Gavin's Lager Quest.
Lastly Gravedigger Imperial Pumpkin Ale will be back next Friday and for the Nova Scotians some of the bottles will be available in Halifax at the private stores. 

Acadie-Broue officially launched its brew space and new beers at the student Bar le Coude at the University of Moncton yesterday. The 75 litre brew system will primarily supply the bar but some beer will make its way into the wild. 

Big Tide Brewing has tapped its first ever Barleywine, brewed at Big Tide and barrel aged 6 months by Dunhams Run. It was casked in a Frontenac Reserve barrel and blended with Black Mamba Mead to make a silky smooth 11% ABV hopped Mead (braggot). It's only available at Big Tide in 12 oz glasses for $8.25 until the keg runs out. 

Bogtrotter Craft Brewery is set to launch on Saturday, September 24 at 12 PM in downtown Fredericton at NB Liquor 380 York Street. If you miss that there will be a meet your maker event at James Joyce at 8 PM on the same day. 

Bore City Brewing released another new beer. It is a hoppy wheat ale. "I'd Radler Not" is hopped with Summer, Vic Secret, Equinox and Hallertauer Blanc and weighs in at.5.2% ABV and 44 IBUs.
Look for it at the Tide and Boar Gastropub and Laundromat Expresso Bar.

Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault's Bonhomme Sept-Heures Pumpkin Spice Strong Ale was recently released for the season and also won best beer at PEI Beer Festival last week end.

Hammond River Brewing finally announced its expansion plans recently. HRB will be expanding from it’s existing 1 BBL brewhouse to a 15 BBL brewhouse from Diversified Metal Engineering in Charlottetown. HRB will also employ a larger 20 BBL Mash Lauter Tun, and a combination of 15 BBL and 30 BBL fermenters. This will make HRB the largest Micro Brewery in the area. In addition there will also be a bottling line so that bottled product can purchased from ANBL stores as well as onsite at the brewery.
The new brewery will be in a newly constructed building that will be directly attached to The Barrel’s Head Gastropub. Along with the brewery HRB will have a beer bar where patrons can sit down and have a pint, have a sample flight, or fill up growlers. With the tap room being attached to Barrel’s Head, customers will be able to order food while they enjoy a pint of HRB in the beer bar. Target time frame for the opening is early 2017.

Loyalist City Brewing announced the opening of their new 6 BBL brewery in uptown Saint John mid-November. It will be located in the historic Bank of New Brunswick building on Water St, just steps away from Saint John’s finest restaurants and bars, the brewery will craft a mix of traditional styles and modern hop forward ales. The brewery will distribute kegs directly to bars and restaurants in the area and fill growlers out of their uptown location in the near future with plans to open a tasting room shortly thereafter.
The initial lineup of beer will consist of 5 different styles to appeal to the palates of seasoned craft beer drinkers and those new to craft beer, with rotating seasonal specialties and an alternating hop series of beer.

Maybee Brewing released Long Carry Brett Red in 750 ml cork and cage bottles. If you are new to Brett, or Brettanomyces, it is a yeast that is typically viewed as contamination and the flavours it imparts are considered unwelcome "off-flavours." Certain styles. however, in particular certain Belgian ales it is appreciated and encouraged. The beer that was aged nine months has brett funk and a hint of sourness. Available now at the brewery for $16.50 while supplies last. 

Picaroons just brewed a small batch single malt/single hop (SMaSH) IPA at the Picaroons General Store in Uptown Saint John. Hippie IPA is a 6.3% ABV ale that was brewed using an American Ale yeast and uses all Maritime Malt and all local Nugget hops from LunaHops in Cornhill, New Brunswick. They will be tapping the Hippie IPA this Sunday, September 11th, at The Picaroons General Store along side an acoustic performance from Earthbound Trio at 3 PM. Interesting fact is that 1/3 of the Earthbound Trio is Bob Fitzgerald of LunaHops who grew all of the Nugget Hops.
They started brewing the 2016 Harvest Ales this week. They are doing three different large batches this year. One using all fresh Mt. Hood hops from Wallace Ridge in Nova Scotia, one using all Willamette from Vista Bay/My Father's Farm on PEI, and on using all wild Moose Mountain Hops from Moose Mountain New Brunswick. You can find out about your beer, your hops, and your farmer by visiting My Harvest

The Pump House Brewery is producing SPCA IPA again this year in support of the SPCA and their incredible efforts to provide care for sick, injured, homeless, lost, and unwanted animals while aiming to prevent and suppress animal cruelty. 
This SPCA IPA was delightfully brewed with an intense amount of atypical hops to traditional North American IPAs and provides pleasant lingering bitterness on the palate that accompanies its predominately citrus aroma. 
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this craft beer will be donated to the Greater Moncton SPCA

Enjoy the week end and see you next week.