Friday, October 28, 2016

MBR October 28, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

 Is is a busy report for the 28th of October and Halloween week end for a lot of people. 

Gahan House in Halifax sent me their current tap list:
- Crosscurrent APA hopped with comet and centennial
- Maritime Brine Gose
- Night Vision American Porter
- Dead Drift Double IPA which is an 8.2% beer and hopped heavily with Palisade, and smaller amounts of Simcoe and Chinook
- Tommy’s Chocolate Orange brewed with one of the chef’s Thomas Hulford. It is a 4% hefeweizen, aged on cocoa nibs and fresh orange zest. The beer has ton of aromatics in a light-drinkable ale. 
Good Robot Brewing has come out with HFXtraterrestrials - StankoniAle. It is a fruity wheat ale with southern heat incorporating lemon zest, orange zest and red Thai chilies. It is a 4.0% ABV and 7 IBU beer. Look for APA v7.0 coming out early next week that is dry-hopped entirely with Mosaic.
Good Robot Brewing and the Centre for Islamic Development and Ihsan Academy had a lengthy and constructive chat last week end and as a result were able to reach a number of common understandings and agreements about how to address the Centre’s concerns and improve their relationship with each other. Well done all concerned

Unfiltered Brewing released Double Orange Ale SMaSH DIPA again this week. The 7.5% ABV and 100+ IBU is on tap now.

Just in time for International Stout Day on November 3rd Garrison Brewing has released their Martello Stout. Clocking in at 5.0% ABV and 30 IBUs this delicious creamy semi-dry stout is perfect to warm you up on a crisp fall evening. Specialty malts & roast cereals deliver rich chocolate and espresso notes with a creamy smoothness. Now at the brewery and will follow at NSLCs and Private Stores in early November.
They also have a brand-new beer Test Batch - Code Name: Juicy. Like the "code name" suggests, this double IPA has beautiful floral and fruity hop aromatics and boasts an ABV of 8.0% and 75 IBUs. This beer is launched as a limited release in 650 ml bottles and will only be available at the brewery for a limited time for $6.50.

Big Spruce Brewing released their annual wet hopped harvest IPA Craig Goes Yard. It is a 6.7% ABV, it's a beer that uniquely reflects the terroir of Big Spruce's hop yard.

FirkinStein Brewing was busy creating a new ale. Coffee oatmeal stout was transferred to the brite tank so look for it soon.

Lazy Bear Brewing says they are transporting a little Norway to Nova Scotia. They are creating a Norwegian farmhouse ale and are steeping some juniper sprigs.

Have you tried Nine Locks Brewing's Harvest Pumpkin Ale yet? It is now available in cans too, grab some today.

North Brewing says Priority Pale Ale is back in both bottle shops. This beer has belgian malts with Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops  Growler fills only.

Schoolhouse Brewery's new location will be open next Thursday evening, November 3rd. They will be giving tours and selling growlers from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. ! Information on what beers will be available to follow.

Uncle Leo's Brewing welcomed some local celebrities this week for a special brew. Head brewer Karl Whiffen,  Pictou County musicians Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, along with songwriter Jamie Robinson brewed Sunburst Pale Ale, The beer will be available in a couple of weeks and is described as an amber beer that is refreshing citrusy beer. 

A new microbrewery in Nova Scotia has reveal itself via social media. Half Cocked Brewing is located in North Grant outside of Antigonish.  The brewers are brothers Greg and Dave Oicle and will be setting up at their old family chicken farm giving the name. The Oicle's along with Matt Thompson are a few hurdles away from a release and are aiming for a spring release as well as setting up a 3/4-1 acre hopyard. More details in 2017. 

Halifax ReTales reports that CEO of NSLC was addressing the Halifax Chamber of Commerce this week and he mentioned a "Beer Experience Store". It is a couple years off and just in planning phase now. The concept is NSLC would use the Agricola Street site to have growler refills, beer tasting stations, customer education events, rare beers, etc

Join the top brewers from our region at the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Dinner & Gala on Sunday, November 6th at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub. This multi-course dinner will be perfectly paired with some of our region's award-winning beers. Tickets: $88.50 (includes Gratuity) + Tax & Fees. Come celebrate the great success being enjoyed by the local craft beer industry.

Have a great week end and remember beer trick or treating is a thing for adults.