Friday, October 7, 2016

MBR October 7, 2016 - Nova Scotia Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, here is the Nova Scotia edition of the Maritime Beer Report. 

Breton Brewing released Celtic Colours Maple Lager (5.5% ABV 15 IBUs)  made with 20 l of  local maple syrup yesterday. Today they released Jacked Up Pumpkin Ale (5.5% ABV 20 IBUs) made with over 100 lbs of local roasted pumpkin. 

Garrison Brewing kicked off their 9th annual Garrison Home Brew-off this week. Some details are yet to be released but here is what I have. The style is Wee Heavy style 17C, $15 (includes HST) registration fee entitles each beer submission to a souvenir glass, one free entry to the gala and a complimentary Growlito and fill with the Garrison beer of your choice.
They also say October 22nd is the date for this year’s Halifax City Harvest put on by I Love Local Halifax. Garrison will be participating by setting up an outdoor bar (weather permitting), sampling some one-off and specialty beers, and will also be welcoming Halifax Press who will be selling delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. More details to come next week, but definitely worth marking on the calendar for now.

Good Robot Brewing has a new beer release this week end. Chazzwazzers - Oceanian ale is being released just in time for the departure of the dearly beloved Australian mate Liam, This ale with New Zealand and Australian hops is a tribute to an American species infiltrating an Australian ecosystem. Featuring Maritime, Vienna and Simpsons Golden Promise malt for a lighthearted, yellow body. Hopped with Ella and Rakau whirlpool additions, plus Dr. Rudi, Kohatu and Wakatu dry-hop additions for a tropical, stone fruit flavour. American yeast for a clean finish. Tops out at 7.2% ABV and 46 IBUs and is on tap at the brewery. 

Hell Bay Brewing now has Hell's Anvil, a 5% ABV Dry Irish Stout with modest amounts smoked malt available. Now at the brewery and in select bars with bottles coming soon.

The Nook and Cranny Brew Pub says their pumpkin beer is back. They used 2 lb of pumpkin spice and chi tea in the 4.5% ABV ale.

Propeller Brewing has its Nocturne Dark Lager is now available in 500ml bottles and growler fills. It is only being sold at Prop Shops with a percentage of proceeds going to the festival as always and Propeller will also be hosting the Nocturne artist this year at Gottingen Street. 

Roof Hound Brewing is releasing KelticDevil pumpkin spiced latte strong porter on Saturday at at the brewery. Made with real pumpkin, spices and Sissiboo coffee. It will be available at the Brewery in Digby and hopefully one or a few beer bars in the HRM. Rain Over St Ambrose and Lead Mule will be playing to help celebrate. A $5 cover will get you in with the beer being tapped at 9 PM and the music beginning at 10 PM.

Schoolhouse Brewery opened their doors Thursday night to show their progress. It has a way to go but big changes have happened since last month. 

Sea Level Brewing released Indigenous Pale Ale made with 100% Nova Scotian grown hops, 100% Nova Scotian grown barley from TapRoot Farms, malted by Horton Ridge Malting Company, microbrewed by Sea Level Brewing.
Sea Level says "This medium-bodied ale is harmoniously balanced by a smooth malt backbone, giving way to citrus and floral notes pronounced by the wet-hopped Cascade hops. Coming in with an ABV of 5%, this well-rounded ale boasts a smooth malt foundation, leaning into a clean hop finish."

Sober Island Brewing has launched a Kickstarter to help forward their vision of a community driven, destination focused microbrewery, crafting ales using local natural ingredients. It is on now. 

At Tatamagouche Brewing's Battery Park Beer Bar tap take over there was a preview of Philomenaroma a Berliner Weisse with Dark Cherries that will official launches next week.  They also premiered Batatary Pale, it was made in collaboration with bartender Marc Wilson and North Brewing's Peter Burbridge just for this event. It is now open for growler fills will be available at the North shop downstairs now. 

Unfiltered Brewing released RSMA Mosaic SMaSH DIPA today. They say it might mean Really Serious Mosaic Ale or it also might not. A serious 7.5% ABV and 100+ IBU, hit it now for pints and growlers.

On October 12th Good Robot Brewing  will be screening Sociable!, a documentary about the struggles and rewards of opening a small, creative, independent brewing business in Nova Scotia, and what it's like to be part of the exciting and exponential growth of the local craft beer community. It was two years in the making and stars many local breweries.

Peoples Cider Project is now open to celebrate the history of apple cider in Nova Scotia with Bulwark Ciders and Ross Farm Museum. The first ever Cider Days celebration will be taking place at Ross Farm from October 22-23, with the pinnacle event being the apple drop-off for the People's Cider Project - Nova Scotia's first community driven cider, with apples reflecting the terroir of each corner of the province. There apples will be pressed and fermented at the on site winery at Ross Farm for a cider release in January. 

Lastly there is a 30 hour cider making course with manual coming up in November at Kingstec College. Get the details here

That is all for this week, enjoy turkey day and as always enjoy responsibly.