Friday, October 21, 2016

MBR October 21, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Welcome to the October 21st edition on the Maritime Beer Report. 

Propeller Brewing says since the Jays got eliminated they changed the name of the latest One Hit Wonder. Go Jays Go has been designated for assignment and Maybe Next Year has been added to their roster. They also say the Jays had an amazing year and maybe next year they can go all the way. Propeller is also busy brewing their latest winter seasonal today Coffee Porter. Will be in growlers and 650ml's as well as in NSLC soon. 

Garrison Brewing says tomorrow is City Harvest at the brewery. They will be welcoming Halifax Press who will be serving up hot, delicious grilled cheese. They of course will have their beer on tap, including the new New Ross Sucker Punch IPA. Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 65 IBUs, this American-style IPA is both wet and dry hopped resulting in a deep orange rind aroma and a refreshingly dry finish. They used both Cascade and Willamette hops from Ross Farm and added some Amarillo and Columbus leaves as well.  
Garrison also finalized the dates for their Home Brew Off. Beer entries are due February 12th and the gala will be held at the brewery on March 2nd at 7 PM. The $15 entrance fee includes a souvenir glass, free entry into the Gala, and a complimentary growlito and fill with the Garrison beer of your choice. Again the 2017 style is 17C. Wee Heavy, also known as “strong Scotch ale.” The term “wee heavy” means “small strong” and traces to the beer that made the term famous, Fowler’s Wee Heavy, a 12 Guinea Ale. Historically, the strongest beer from a Scottish ale parti-gyle. More information about the Home-Brew Off can be found  at 

Keiths released Hants County Hop On Harvest Ale and is available on tap at The Stubborn Goat, The Red Stag and Lower Deck while it lasts. It is an Oktoberfest/Marzen style with fresh (wet) local hops used within 24 hrs of harvest. 4 6 kg of wet Columbus, Centennial and Chinook were added primarily during the last 10 minutes of boil. Brewed in collaboration with Hill Top Hop Farms. This beer is a warm welcome to the Fall. It’s golden in color with a light tan head. The flavors and aromas are simple and create a flavor trifecta. Aromas lean towards biscuit, bready and earthy while the flavors play along the same lines but also include a light piney/cedar/ leafy note thanks to the wet hops. The beer has a smooth quick mouthfeel, a sharp but moderate bitterness at 35 BUs and a low to medium body. This beer leans on the maltier side and has a mellow warmth at 6% ABV which pairs very well with the cooler weather and watching the leaves fall off the tress.  

2 Crows Brewing were busy this week getting their brewhouse all hooked up this week. Won't be long until we see beer flowing there. 

Big Spruce Brewing released Big Grandma's Wild. This is first NS beer to be brewed with proprietary yeast that they spent over a year harvesting and developing from an Eastern Canadian Pin Cherry on the property. Described as deliciously belgian in flavour, it has some spicy malt notes (thanks Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co.) and coriander complexity that lingers on the palette. At 7.4% ABV and 24 IBUs, it's a Belgian Tripel in style. This beer is named to also give a big Cape Breton nod to a fantastic lady, Thelma MacLellan of St. Patrick's Channel who just turned 100 last month. Jeremy remembers her particularly for having attended their brewery launch party in April 2013 when she was 96. The bear hug she gave him nearly dropped him to the ground. 

Boxing Rock Brewing says is Sunken Ledge Porter will be back soon as well as a collaboration brown ale with Battery Park. Several other beers will be brewed soon including U-889 and a collaboration with Horton Ridge called Kilnus Interruptus. 

Breton Brewing is the recipient of the "Locally Yours" award from Excellence in Business Awards presented by Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce

Good Robot Brewing released a statement in regards to the recent complaint filed by our neighbour, the Centre for Islamic Development. 
First and most importantly, as a business and as people, we do not endorse the anti-Islamic remarks directed towards the Centre by some people who have heard of the complaint, and we are very disappointed that this tone has emerged. Our neighbours are caring, thoughtful and friendly citizens, with whom we will strive to continue an amicable relationship as neighbours.Second, we do not believe the accusations found within the complaint reflect upon us fairly as a company. We are a small business with a strong focus on enriching our community. We believe we have worked with representatives of the Centre to enforce policies that promote a respectful coexistence. We strive to conduct our business in a socially responsible manner, in full compliance with the conditions of our licensing and all other applicable legal requirements. We are currently arranging a private meeting to seek solutions that will work for both parties involved, and believe a harmonious solution to this issue will be reached.

I hope an amicable resolution can be reached by the parties when they meet on Sunday.

Hell Bay Brewing says bottles of Hell's Anvil are available at the brewery and a few private stores in Halifax.

Lazy Bear Brewing has released its newest brew, Braunbär. It is a medium bodied 5% ABV brown ale featuring local wild flower honey. It's fermented with local honey allowing for the aromatics from the honey to shine. It's complemented with rich roasted malty flavours.

North Brewing visited Benjamin Bridge on Wednesday and left with a few hundred litres of estate Pinot must and a barrel. They say to stay tuned for more details on this exciting collaboration. 

Roof Hound Brewing introduced the Little Pup 2.0. Les Barr says it is clearer, crisper and almost ready to go. 
On the heels of the sold out supper Roof Hound announced that they will be hosting a Festive Supper Club on Thursday, Decemeber 1st. There will be two seatings: one at 5 PM and one at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are now available at Roof Hound for $30+tax for three deliciously festive courses.

Bulwark Ciders has released its seasonal Winter cider. Look for the 7% ABV cider on shelves soon.

Thanks for checking out the blog, until next week enjoy responsibly.