Friday, March 24, 2017

MBR March 24, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Boy I am glad I have beer given the "spring" weather we are getting. Here is the craft news for March 24th. 

Unfiltered Brewing says Riddle of Steel is back. This beer is a west-coast IPA made with Vermont Ale yeast and rings in at 7% ABV. 

Propeller Brewing launched Canada 150 Initiative: Brew Patriot Love yesterday. They are calling on brewers and breweries of every shape and size to join together as a community to mark Canada 150 through The Great Canadian Lager Challenge. They want them their best beer and release it on July 1, 2017. The more “Canadian” you can make it — the better. Beyond a Canada 150 toast on July 1, they’re inviting everyone to send a six-pack (or two) to the celebrity-judged “Great Canadian Lager Challenge”, held July 14th & 15th as part of Propeller Brewing Co’s 20th Anniversary celebration in Halifax, NS.
Awards & recognition will be given for
(1) Most Patriotic Canadian Beer; and
(2) Best use of local ingredients, icons and/or story.
More details can be found at WWW.BREWPATRIOTLOVE.CA

Next Friday, March 31 marks the release of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia Collaboration Ale, a beer brewed by the members of CBANS in an effort to show solidarity for their 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week. They are going back to their Scottish roots with a Scottish ale.  Collaboration Ale is deep amber in colour and exhibits rich, sweet caramel maltiness, a touch of fruit and a crisp, dry finish.  Coming in at 4.7 % ABV and 15 IBUs.  Best of all, proceeds from the beer go toward funding CBANS initiatives throughout 2017 and beyond.
Good Robot will be hosting a release party featuring the release of the only kegs of the Collaboration Ale, 48 cans of beer free to the first 48 patrons, announcement of Craft Beer Week events, a Scotch hot dog from T-DOGS, and attendance of some of your favourite brewers. Open at noon.

Good Robot Brewing is bringing back one of their favourite beers. Extra BIG-ASS Beer, Oktoberfest "Camacho" lager, this crisp yet rich and complex lager is ideal for the Halifax fringe season. It is 5.2% ABV and 24 IBUs. 

Garrison Brewing relaunched In Session ISA this week. The beer is at the brewery and will be launching at the NSLC in early April.
They also launched last year’s Home Brew Off winner Infusion Confusion Chamomile IPA. Winner “Mystical” Mark Power infuses dried chamomile flowers pre & post-boil with Citra and Amarillo hops to create this unique IPA. The 6.3% ABV beer will retail for $5.95 at the brewery and will follow at private stores and the NSLC shortly.

FirkinStein Brewing have signed a lease for space on King Street in Bridgewater for a retail store and small brew set-up. I will bring more details on the opening when I have them. 

Meander River Farm have released Barn Swallow Farmhouse Ale. It is 5.5% ABV and made with 100% Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co. malt. It is golden in colour and true to the Belgian style, this brew has fruit and spice aromas and flavours, alongside a mild but present hop character. Fermented slower and longer, Barn Swallow is dry with an almost pilsner like crispness. 

North Brewing have a new beer, White Lightning version 2.0. This time around it is dry-hopped with Belma hops. It is available at their retail stores now. Also, Battery Park Beer Bar now has lunch by Ace Burger 7 Days a Week. 

Annapolis Cider Company has a new 'Something Different' and their retail location. Toasted Oak & Maple was crafted from their signature cool-fermented dry cider that was aged over French oak and balanced with juice from freshly-pressed Golden Russet and McIntosh apples, as well as a touch of valley-sourced maple syrup. The result is a 7.9% ABV sparkling cider that blends the subtle notes of toasted oak, caramel and vanilla with the flavour of tart apples and a hint maple on the finish. $0.50 from each refill will support Global Brigades. The Acadia University Chapter is a student lead, mobile health and dental initiative, providing annual mobile clinics in Honduras.

Have a great week end and I will be back next week.