Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Moncton Beer League and Tide & Boar Collaborate on New Beer

Photo by Adam Jones 
Members of the Moncton Beer League recently collaborated with the Tide & Boar Brewing Company to brew an experimental ale featuring locally foraged chaga. The beer features both Pale and Vienna malts, Green Bullet and Pacifica hops, and multiple chaga additions throughout the brew. Expect this beer to be light in color, yet with woody and earthy flavors. Get a commemorative Moncton Beer League glass to keep and your first pour for $11 on June 3rd when this beer is released. They'll also feature a special cask version on launch day and you can also pay as you go as well.

Amber Richards lives in Moncton New Brunswick and is the owner of the event management company Amber Effect. Amber Effects provides project management, time and resource management public awareness campaigns, event coordination and media relations. Through her company she regularly produces unique food and beverage pairing events, has coordinated corporate VIP grand openings and is also locally known as a leader in non-profit fundraising events such as the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event which she founded. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Maritime Brewers Bring Home National Awards

The 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards were handed out last evening at the end of the 15th annual conference. the awards had 55 categories for beer with an additional 6 for ciders. The Brewery of the Year went to Mt. Begbie Brewing from British Columbia and Beer of the Year was Indie Ale House's Spadina Monkey. 
Local brewers successful in bringing home a lot of awards including many gold. The following list is of all the local breweries and their awards:
- Brasseurs du Petit-Sault won Bronze with La Kedgwick in European Style Lager (Pilsner).
- Boxing Rock Brewing captured Gold with Stayin’ Alive is Bock – Traditional German Style category
- Uncle Leo’s Brewery also grabbed Gold with its Vohs Weizenbier  in the Wheat Beer – German Style (Weiss) category 
- North Brewing had a double Gold night winning in the Belgian Style Abbey Ale/Pale Ale category with Gus’ 65m Ale and in Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category with its newly rebranded Midnight Glenora Barrel Aged Strong Dark Belgian.
- PEI Brewing had a triple award outing with a Silver for Patience in Belgian-Style Brett Beer category, a Bronze in the Session India Pale Ale category for Vic Park APA, and another Bronze in Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer for Hell Street.
- Propeller Brewing won Bronze for its Porter in the Porter category. 
- Pump House Brewery took Gold in the Dry Stout category with their Muddy River Stout.
- Moosehead Breweries won a pair of Bronze awards for Moosehead Lager in North American Style Premium Lager category and for Moosehead Cracked Canoe in the Light (Calorie-Reduced) Lager category.
Nova Scotia cideries Bulwark Cider and Ship Builders Cider did very well in the cider category. Bulwark Cider took Silver with Bulwark Original for New World Cider, Bulwark Blush took Gold in Cider with Other Fruit, a Bronze for  Bulwark Hopped in the Cider with Herbs/Spices, and Gold in Specialty Cider for Bulwark Rum Cider.
Ship Builders Cider took a Gold and a Bronze in Sid’s Chai Cider in Cider with Herbs/Spices and Sid’s Wild Blueberry Cider in Cider  with Other Fruit respectively. 

View full results here http://www.momandhops.ca/winners-announced-2017-canadian-brewing-awards/

Friday, May 26, 2017

MBR May 26, 2017 - New Brunswick/PEI Edition

As we enter the summer season local brewers are not disappointing with a lot of new beer and news. 

Moth Lane Brewing has a new beer that they describe as "tart, floral, sour beer with a lingering candy-berry essence and a bit of funk". It was brewed with cranberries and hibiscus and lightly dry-hopped and comes in around 4.75% ABV. The name is pending and it is limited in quantity. 

PEI Brewing is debuting the After Hours series of seasonal beers with a tap takeover at bar 1911 on June 2nd from 4 PM to 9 PM. There will be music from Bridgette Blanchard, Nudie, and Alex Madsen of the Divorcees, plus a Q&A with the PEIBC Brewers.
The After Hours Series allows the PEIBC brewers to experiment with unique recipes and new brewing styles. The beers will be available on tap at the PEI Brewing Company taproom, select bars and restaurants in the Maritimes and through the growler programs at your local liquor stores.

Upstreet Craft Brewing is going to be taken over by North Brewing and Battery Park Beer Bar on Friday , June 2nd when they welcome the head chef of Battery Park and North Brewing's brewmaster to the Island for a special one-night-only dinner menu and 10 guest beer taps. Taps will be flowing from noon on, and the food will be available during regular dinner hours, but it will only be available while supplies last, so plan to get here early.

Beckwith Road Brewing told me they will be on hiatus for the next six to nine months to allow for some regrouping. Best of luck to them and hope to see them in 2018. 

Big Tide Brewing has a brand new, dry hopped and extra juicy batch of Tidal Wave  Double IPA on tap this week that is 7.8% ABV. Get it while it lasts. 

Long Bay Brewery put on their first batch on Friday and it's fermenting away. They added the equipment worked perfectly and the hops smelled incredible. Watch for beer announcements next month. 

Loyalist City Brewing released the next edition of their Hop Series. Hop Series El Dorado is brewed with 100% El Dorado hops and has an intense tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango, watermelon and stone fruit. LCB revised their base recipe to give the finished beer a softer mouthfeel and a slight sweetness on the finish to accentuate the tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A restrained bitterness allows the unique flavor profiles of the El Dorado hops to come through and for this beer to be truly sessionable. 

Shiretown Beer has a seasonal beer out. La Vie Continue Summer Wheat Ale is out now and can be identified by a yellow cap on the bottle. The ale is a summery 4.5% ABV perfect fot those patio days. 

Trailway Brewing released a new batch of their DIPA Hop Stains today at 4 PM. They do say there is  a slightly altered hop schedule and the freshest hops available. The brewer describes it as "very juicy with a candy-like character coming from the El Dorado forward hop blend". The cans are limited at only about 40 cases available.at the tasting room in Fredericton while supplies last. This was brewed especially for TrailWay's first anniversary of being open on Main street this week end and add they likely wont brew this beer again for a little while.

Oktoberfest des Acadiens, hosted by the village of Bertrand, New Brunswick, is celebrating its eight edition this year. This weekend celebration is a family-friendly festival where people have the opportunity to discover Bavarian traditions in a welcoming and festive atmosphere. The festival features Bavarian music, a children's play area, tasting sessions where local products and more than 100 beer products are displayed, from micro-breweries to imported beers, and concerts in the evenings. 
In 2015, Canadian Geographic magazine named them in its « 10 Best Oktoberfest in Canada » list. This puts the Acadien Oktoberfest in the same class as other renowned Oktoberfest celebrations like the Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Oktoberfest festivals. 
Mark your calendars for the 2017 edition that will be held from August 31st to September 3rd. 

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

MBR May 26, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Hope everyone had a great week. Here is the beer news from this week for Nova Scotia. 

Good Robot Brewing actually didn't get Dr. RUDI (first of the SMaSH series) out last week as reported. It' also named How Wude. The entire SMaSH series will be named after bizarre misfit comedians who made it big in the public's eye. How Wude is a reference to Bob Saget; it was his character's daughter's  tagline phrase on Full House, and also references his out-there, krass demeanor as a standup comedian, despite the fact that was on a very clean-cut TV show.
Their Dave & Morley Coffee Brown version 3 will be out in the next week. This time around it is made with Burundi Kayanza Gacokwe coffee (beans from Java Blend and cold-brewed by Low Point Coffee Co.). The coffee itself has notes of caramel, candy apple, peach and dark cocoa and is 5.25% ABV.

Breton Brewing released a couple of teasers this week on Instagram. They say to look for a new seasonal beer and a Beergarden coming soon.

Brightwood Brewery has Halifornia Commons California Common available. See them at the Alderney market to grab this 6% ABV beer. 

Firkinstein Brewing has a new IPA in their bright tanks. Tempus Fugit has Cascade, Citra, Pearl, Saaz and mosaic hops and is a hefty 8% ABV.

Garrison Brewing wants your extra rhubarb. They say will give you a free taster plus an in-store credit of $1 per pound for fresh, usable rhubarb (leaves removed), limit of 10 lbs per person. Last year they brewed It’s Rhubarb Saison! with the community sourced rhubarb.  

Hell Bay Brewing has a new Bourbon Barrel Brown. It weighs in 9.5% ABV with lots of bourbon and oak flavour and is currently only on tap at the brewery. 

Heritage Brewing received their licence to brew this week. Look for news on the first of many brews coming soon. 

Rare Bird Craft Beer has released a new IPA. The dry-hopped IPA has a big hit of New World hops on the nose. The taste is juicy with lots of upfront citrus and peach notes with light caramel notes. Rare Bird says "The finish is clean and dry, a refreshing and immensely drinkable East Coast take on the classic beer style". The 5.5% ABV and 60 IBU beer is out now at the brewery and select locations. 

Salty Dog Brewing are opening tomorrow in Truro. They will have Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Pale Ale, and Amber ale available for sampling. Drop by any time after 2 PM for growler fill-ups, apparel, glassware, and taster flights. They'll also be pouring pints street-side at the Block Party that evening as well. 

Boxing Rock Brewing released Grafted sour ale. The beer is infused with sweet orange peel and is the overall winner of Boxing Rock's 2017 Black Box Challenge, It was brewed with Black Box challenge winner Brian Harvey and is 5.5% ABV and 20 IBU. 

Chain Yard Cider and Unchained Kitchen are now open serving cider and food on Agricola. They also have cans and growlers to go.  

Propeller Brewing is the first brewery in the history of the East Coast Music Association to win one of the annual awards (in a Facebook auction).
Earlier this month, the band Like A Motorcycle declared that they would be “Pawning” their 2017 Rising Star Award and donating all proceeds to Phoenix Youth Services — an amazing Halifax-based non-profit that serves at-risk youth. In making their plea to “help a bunch of dirty punks turn this fancy metal into something that supports the future punk bands, artists, and creatives in Halifax” the band caught the attention of Propeller’s founder, John Allen.

Have a great week end, I will be at the Yarmouth Craft Beer Festival on Saturday and back here next week. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hammond River Brewing Announces First 4 Bottle Releases

(Rothesay, NB) - Hammond River Brewing have released details on their first four beers that will be bottled by them. Gammie California Steam Ale (a tribute to Shane's amazing Father that passed away in 2014), Hop Flash IPA, Red Coat IRA and Blood Orange Hefeweizen. 
HRB will be bottling in a 500 ml style bottle that is unique to this area and not being used by any other brewery in NB. Look for these on ANBL shelves across the Province and available for purchase at the brewery in a month or so. 

Garrison Releases Three Beers in Cans

(Halifax, NS) -  Garrison Brewing are planning to release three of their brands in 473 ml cans over the next few months joining the trend of cans at Nova Scotia breweries.

Tall Ship Amber has already been released and will be sold in addition to the six pack of 341 ml already in distribution. The cans are currently available at the brewery, private stores in Halifax and will be at the NSLC shortly. 

Seaport Blonde will be out very and will be replacing the 6x341ml Seaport Blonde that they have been doing the past few summers. Seaport Blonde is a light ale with a crisp and refreshing all-malt body with delicate hop aromas.  Purely 2-row and wheat malt. It will be in the NSLC as soon as it’s ready to go as a permanent listing in a 4-pack, in private stores as a single serve, and will also be in NB, PEI and NL as 4-packs soon for the summer.

Their newest beer Juicy! DIPA is going to be a brand new single serve can coming around in mid-July. It will be at the NSLC and private stores (late May/early June) and will follow in NB and NL shortly afterward.  This New England-style Double IPA has a hazy appearance and boasts smooth but intense tropical flavours with Citra, Mosaic, Comet and Ekuanot plus a secret hop Head Brewer Daniel Girard won’t disclose.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Picaroons Releases Pivot Imperial IPA

(Fredericton, NB) - Picaroons added an new Imperial IPA to the line-up with a twist. Pivot Imperial IPA is a special interactive ale where they are "pivoting" the hops around the same grain bill every batch. They have completed two batches so far. Picaroons has added a special page for you to get the details about each batch, http://picaroons.ca/pivot/
The new beer is 8% ABV and has a foundation of Canadian 2 Row and just a dash of Canadian Toasted Wheat. The first batch of Pivaot was hopped with Warrior, Azacca, and Hallertau Blanc. There brewers say to expect notes of melon, pineapple, bubblegum, and white grapes. Pivot #1 was tapped at The Picaroons Roundhouse, The Brewtique, The The Picaroons General Store, and The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse just prior to the long week end.
They took what they learned from the first Pivot – and dialed it in a little bit more. They omitted the Hallertau Blanc hops and chose to focus more on the tropical nature of Azacca and the piney-ness of Warrior. They increased dry-hop addition to bring out even more hop aroma. Tasting notes on this one are huge pineapple notes, along with passionfruit, mango and pine. Looking for Pivot #2 in bottles around New Brunswick.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MBR May 19, 2017 - New Brunswick/PEI Edition

Welcome to the May 2-4 week end edition of the Maritime Beer report, a little late as I am visiting family.

Picaroons Traditional Ales announced its new Pivot Imperial IPA. This is a special new 8% ABV Imperial IPA with a special concept. At the centre of this beer is a solid foundation of Canadian 2 Row and a dash of Canadian Toasted Wheat. Around this foundation Picaroons will pivot the hops from batch to batch as they experiment and play with different hop varieties. Each batch will be different and you will be able to find out about your specific PIVOT by checking the batch number on the label and going to http://picaroons.ca/pivot. Pivot #1 is now at The Picaroons Roundhouse, The Brewtique, The The Picaroons General Store, and The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse. Next week they will be releasing bottles of Pivot #2 throughout New Brunswick.
Pivot #1 is hopped with Warrior, Azacca, and Hallertau Blanc and they say it is fruity and floral and to expect notes of melon, pineapple, bubblegum, and white grapes.
They took what they learned from their first Pivot and dialed it in a little bit more. They omitted the Hallertau Blanc hops and chose to focus more on the tropical nature of Azacca and the piney-ness of Warrior. They also increased the dry-hop addition to bring out even more hop aroma. They describe tropical and resiny with huge pineapple notes, along with passionfruit, mango and pine. 

Barnone Brewery released Try on this week. Brewed with 100% Island grown barley grown by the Craig Family in Tryon and malted by Horton Ridge Malt and Grain in N.S. The beer is available at the brewery and is 5.0% ABV.

Big Axe Craft Beer Festival announced that a second bus will be added departing from Food at The Crowne Downtown at 1:30 PM arriving in Nackawic at 2:30 PM and departing Nackawic at 9:15 PM, expected arrival back in Fredericton is 10 PM. Get your tickets now. 

Foghorn Brewing has brought back Yellow Dart their India Session Ale. They say they think it's the best craft beer to kick off your May long weekend. 

Hammond River Brewing have released details on their first four beers that will be bottled by them. Gammie California Steam Ale (a tribute to Shane's amazing Father that passed away in 2014), Hop Flash IPA, Red Coat IRA and Blood Orange Hefeweizen. They will be bottling in a 500 ml style bottle that is unique to here and not being used by any other brewery in NB. Look for these on ANBL shelves across the Province and available for purchase at the brewery in a month or so. 

Trailway Brewing released Ellipse this week in cans. Ellipse was originally brewed back in December but was not canned and the majority left the tasting room for the growler program. The inspiration for this one was the intense orange-citrus character coming from the absolute freshest Amarillo hops they could find. Some Columbus hops add dankness and spiciness giving this one an interesting complexity. The ale is 6.3% ABV and has wicked orange juice character.

Hope you all have a fun safe long week end. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

MBR May 19, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Welcome to the long week end edition of the Maritime Beer Report. Here is the beer news for the unofficial kick off to summer. 

Boxing Rock Brewing Launches a new Black IPA, Dark as Keji, to Celebrate the Kejimkujik Dark Sky Preserve. Boxing Rock also announced that they are donating a portion of the proceeds to the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association to support the Dark Sky Education programs at Kejimkujik. Owners Emily Tipton and Henry Pedro wanted to do something special to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. To show their appreciation for where they live, in Southwest Nova Scotia, they thought nothing could be better than naming a special beer for a special place. 
The official launch of the beer will be Saturday May 20 at 8 pm at the Sky Circle at Keji, where Boxing Rock will offer samples of Dark as Keji. This will be prior to a Dark Sky program presented by Parks Canada with help from volunteers from both the Friends of Keji and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at 9:30 pm. Dark as Keji will be available in NSLC and private wine stores around the province, as well as at Boxing Rock’s store at the brewery in Shelburne. 

Unfiltered Brewing will release its Double Orange Ale DIPA today at the brewery at noon. DOA weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 100+ IBU.

Good Robot Brewing says its Damn Fine Coffee and Cherry Pie Pale Ale round 3, this time featuring Kenya Nyeri Mahiga coffee beans from Java Blend, cold-brewed by Low Point Coffee Co. (formerly Bottleneck Coffee), will be out today. You will find notes of cocoa, citrus and stonefruit in this beer that is 5.5% ABV and 32 IBU. 
Next week  Dr. RUDI Pale American Ale will hit the taps. This one is number one of their SMaSH (single malt and single hop) series with East Coast Ale yeast from White Labs. The 6% ABV 47 IBU beer uses Dr. RUDI hops and Canadian pale 2-row barley. 

Nine Locks Brewing has a Ginger rye Ale coming out soon. The brewery describes it  as "This dusky red ale is full-bodied, with subtle caramel notes and a restrained ginger presence on the palate. The finish is long combining the cereal astringency of the rye and wheat with the assertive spiciness of the ginger." The new beer will be out in the near future only in growlers and will be 5.6% ABV and 15 IBU. 

Garrison Brewing's 20th Anniversary Triple IPA has landed at the brewery. This is the first of two special 20th Anniversary releases that will be coming out this year to celebrate their big milestone birthday. This specialty hybrid release was brewed part American Barleywine, part Extra-Strong Imperial IPA, heavily dry-hopped and cold-conditioned for 2 full seasons. Launched at the brewery and coming soon to private stores later this week/early next week. They are also sending it to NB and Newfoundland. Garrison says the tasting notes are Earthy, floral and fruity hop aromatics with hints of rhubarb, UK yeast fruity esters and sweet malt.   Rich malt and caramel flavors due to an extended boil.  Strong yet balanced and not harsh hop flavor (citrus & lychees) & bitterness. Although strongly malty, it is a very hop forward brew. The beer is a heavy 9% ABV and 100 IBU. 
They are also planning to release Tall Ship, Seaport Blond and Juicy! DIPA in cans in the next few months. 

2 Crows Brewing released a couple of new canned beers this week. They released cans of Fantacity dry-hopped witbier and Midnight Mood dry-hopped american porter this week at the brewery. 

Roof Hound Brewing says its Dive Bar Classic Series is now complete. The latest edition is the Harvey Wallbanger Wheat with vanilla beans and orange. It is available at the brewery. 

Saltbox Brewery revealed Fog Bank barrel-aged stout will be available shortly. Nurtured for five months in a rum cask to impart notes from the wood like vanilla and dark fruit. Watch social media for release details. 

Schoolhouse Brewing is hosting a Graduation on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Starting at 11 AM and continuing throughout the day until address and speech by the Principal at 7 PM. They say over the day, they'll be having the biggest tournament of Four Square that Nova Scotia has ever seen, washer toss, some music and food and, of course craft beer. To help with organizing, they've created an Eventbrite page where you can RSVP to the Graduation or to the 2017 Grad Party. Tickets to the Grad party can be purchased online or at the Brewery itself.

Trider's Craft Beer have released Second Breakfast Oatmeal Stout. They say it is deliciously creamy, smooth, and roasty toasty Stout. 

Bulwark Cider announced on May 25th there will be a Cider Tap Takeover at 6 PM at Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar in Halifax. Check details on their facebook page. 

The Halifax Seaport BeerFest returns as Atlantic Canada’s largest craft beer and cider festival. The beer fest celebrates all things beer, cider and food on the Halifax Waterfront from Friday, August 11th to Saturday, August 12th. The 11th anniversary edition will showcase over 300 craft beers, premium imports and ciders, representing nearly every Canadian province and over 15 different countries. The Cunard Centre with its 375’ of waterfront patio, will host some of the greatest craft beers and ciders around, nearly two-thirds of which are not normally available at NSLC stores. Tickets go on sale today. 

Have a great and safe long week end, may sure to plan ahead. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

MBR May 12, 2017 - New Brunswick/PEI Edition

Here is the New Brunswick and PEI beer news for May 12th 2017. 

PEI Brewing announced a new location at The Shops at Cows Creamery402 Capital Drive in Charlottetown. They will have a taproom and a retail store where you can stop in for a pint or get a growler. Looking for opening information later this month. 

First City Brewery is on tap at the Five and Dime for the first time. They have fresh pint of "Don't call me Honey Kolsch" that weighs in at 5.5% ABV and brewed with local honey.

Grannan's Seafood is hosting a 6 course meal with Picaroons. Chef Johnny High will be serving up some great food complimented with Picaroons beer on May 24th. Make your reservations today by calling 506-634-1555.

Railcar Brewing has reached the litre production threshold that will allow them to offer growler fills from other breweries and their cans and bottles to go. They will have 6 in-house taps and 18 guest taps when they reopen in their new spot.

Savoie's Brewhouse will now be open on Saturdays to start from 1 PM to 6 PM at 6 Herons Nest Street, River Charlo. This week Sugarloaf Mountain Maple Amber, Herons Island Orange Wheat, Bon Ami Strawberry Wheat and Bullers Blueberry wheat are available as quantities last with the core brands available also.

Tide and Boar Gastropub obtained an Utopia, one of the most sought after beers in the world. they are going to sell off the bottle to 18 lucky customers. So here is how they are going to distribute it. On June 10th at 10:45 AM they will be passing out 18 tickets and at 11 AM the pub will open. Each customer can only have one ticket, each ticket is numbered and in order of who lined up first. That means if you want to guarantee yourself a spot line up nice an early. They will have an area for people to line up in front of the restaurant. The ticket gets you a 1 ounce pour of the Utopia for $11. Once the bottle is empty everyone who was able to get a ticket will be entered in a chance to win the empty bottle as a souvenir.

Trail Way Brewing continues to release beer at a feverish pace. El Generico is their new packaged kettle soured ale. This beer will constantly be changing so keep a look out for our most recent batch details. This first batch was heavily hopped with German super-hop Hallertau blanc and is a crushable 3.8% ABV. Sour, crisp, unique hop profile. Cans of this one are in the brewery now. 

A couple of events on the horizon in the Moncton area.
AMBER EFFECT, Mer et Soleil Fine Spirits and the Moncton Beer League are having a second Flights ‘n Bites: Whisky and Beer edition on Thursday, May 25th at Bistro 33, 1155 Shediac Road in Moncton. They will unlock a hidden realm of taste by skillfully pairing whisky, bourbon and scotch with carefully chosen craft beer. And if that wasn’t enough, each combination will also be accompanied by a delicious culinary concoction prepared by Chef Marc Surette. Beer will be served in a Belgian-style glass that you get to keep.
Amber Effect Events and the Moncton Beer League are also doing the next Urban Beer Hike on Saturday, June 17th hitting five beer bars downtown Moncton where you will sample craft beer and food along at each stop. Tickets are 49.00 plus fees.

That wraps it for this week, have a great week and don't forget Mom on Sunday. 

MBR May 12, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

A good Friday to you all. It has been a good week here with NS Craft Beer Week 2017 wrapping this week end with the Full House event at the Forum. Here is what happened here in the beer world. 

Unfiltered Brewing has brought back Warning Label DIPA. The 10% ABV 100+ IBU beer no oak this time around.

Schoolhouse Brewing released its first new brew in its new space. Staffroom Stout is a rich and smooth oatmeal stout, full bodied with a mild coffee bitterness though still sessionable at 5.5% ABV, They added 40 litres of cold brewed coffee from neighbours at T.A.N. Coffee making this beer over 3% coffee by volume. It'll debut Friday at Full House, and at the taproom. They also are bringing back their version of Scratch Plaskett, the electric tambourine wheat Ale created last summer with Good Robot, next Wednesday with bombers, growlers and flights. 

Good Robot Brewing is putting on tap today Koji Kondo Sake Beer. A tribute to the composer of some of Nintendo’s greatest video game themes, is brewed with mostly rice, some barley, Japanese Sorachi Ace hops and sake yeast and descibed as a crisp, dry and fruity. The 5.2% ABV and 9 IBU beer used sake yeast but although top ferments like an ale but does but ferments cold. 
Don't forget Hangover Triage this Sunday with coffee-beer pairing and hair-of-the-dog shenanigans. 

Cameron Crerar has been named as Propeller' Brewing's new Head Brewer for both the Gottingen Street (Halifax) & Windmill Road (Dartmouth) breweries. Cameron brings a great combination of creativity and large-scale, production brewery experience. Most recently he brewed with Beau’s All Natural Brewing, one of the fastest growing craft breweries in Canada. Before Beau’s, Crerar served as an Assistant Brewer with MooBrew in his homeland of Tasmania, Australia.

2 Crows Brewing added four foeders  2 Cognac foeders, 2 Calvados foeders (that were previously full of apple brandy for 65 years).
What is a foeder? I grabbed this off of Foeder Crafters of America to give you a little background: 

Foeders allow a slow ingress of oxygen into the beer that is easily supervised with the tasting valve.  The high beer to wood ratio allows the beer to mature and develop whereas smaller barrels may progress sooner which may lead to acidification before the beer is fully developed. Foeders also allow for greater capacity compared to the footprint barrels take up. Because the beer is coming from one vessel, you will have a more consistent and reproducible product. Foeders will also save on time and labor compared with racking multiple barrels or pulling multiple nails when sampling.

Boxing Rock Brewing partnered up with Lunn's Mill Beer Company in Lawrencetown to make something different for their entry in the Stillwell OpenApril, May, Juniper saison actually won its category at the open. Boxing Rock adds Juniper berries are one of the primary botanicals in gin, and has an aromatic profile that pairs pretty well with their favourite French Saison yeast. Look for it on tap at Stillwell, in bottles at private stores and in growlers at the Halifax Seaport Market and Alderney Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Lazy Bear Brewing released Brier Rose last week end. It is a fruit beer made with rose hips collected on Brier Island and featuring 85% Horton Ridge organic malt. The 4.5% ABV beer is available for a limited time. 

North Brewing bottled two barrels of Midnight (aged in Glenora barrels with Brett. Q from Escarpment Labs. It is now available at both bottle shops. 

Saltbox Brewery are releasing three of their beers in cans. Holy Mackerel, Nun on the Run and Dynamite Trail are being canned to test the market by hitting restaurants and pubs that have keg storage limitations are getting cans and of course at the brewery itself. 

Tatamagouche Brewing has its latest Giant out. Two Rivers Baltic Porter is back at the brewery. They say the 8% ABV earthy, dark chocolate Lagered Porter goes down smooth. 

Annapolis Cider has announced its latest Something Different. Earl Blue is a sparkling cider crafted from a blend of cool-fermented dry cider made from local diverse apple varieties, including Golden Russet and McIntosh apples, with juice from Nova Scotia grown wild blueberries and freshly-pressed apples. This blend was then cold-steeped with Earl Grey Tea leaves, a black tea, infused with the oil of bergamot oranges, to add tannins and structure. Annapolis says the result is a fragrant, blush-hued cider with aromatic notes of citrus and earthy, wild blueberries that finishes with a hint of bitter from the tea. This cider is 6.8% ABV with $0.50 from each refill being donated to The Wolfville School Playground Fundraiser!

I had a sneak peek at Chain Yard Urban Cidery yesterday. I got to try four of their offerings and they will be open next week. Watch for a preview coming soon. 

Have a great week end whatever you decide to do, and remember your Mom on Sunday. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

MBR May 5, 2017 - New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Edition

Happy Cinco de Mayo, here is the beer news of the week. 

Big Axe Brewery have a couple of new beers out at the brewery. Solstice witbeir is brewed with wild foraged partridgeberry from Newfoundland. This really tart beer is 4.2% ABV.
Florganic Pale Ale is Big Axe's very first 100% organic pale ale, brewed with organic malt from Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co., and tons of organic flowers like lavender, Queen Anne's lace and organic hops from Southan Farms. This one weighs in at 4.4% ABV. 

Celtic Knot Brewing now has a license enabling them to sell growlers. They also have two new beers out soon. Summer Daze pale ale is a beer to hopefully convert macro beer drinkers and a rye IPA called Ryetious that is hopped with nugget, Simcoe and dry hopped with Amarillo. Both beers will hit the accounts shortly.

Graystone Brewing released Sugarbush Maple Brown, a limited run brown ale infused with maple. Subtle sweetness. The 5% ABV and 26 IBU is available for pints, crowlers and growlers. 

Hammond River Brewing has a couple of new beers coming out this week. The first one is a kettle soured Berliner Weisse, brewed with all natural Peaches and aptly name Naval Daze. Like the other kettle soured Berliners from HRB, this one will be 3.2% ABV and 4 IBU. The second one is a continuance of the Vegas SMaSH IPA series, but this time being brewed with all Australian Galaxy hops. Galaxy hops provide wonderful aromas of Citrus and Passionfruit. This will be 6.5% ABV and hopped to 60 IBU. Look for both of these new beers in a couple of weeks at HRB's local tap accounts. 

Loyalist City Brewing has partnered up with New England Distilling to put together a special barrel aged cross border collaboration for the first beer in their barrel series. They traveled down to Portland Maine to visit New England Distilling and pick up an American Oak barrel that had been infused with Ingenium gin, New England Distilling’s award winning gin known for its strong citrus and botanical notes. The barrel was filled with a special batch of Loyalist's double IPA brewed to 9% ABV and 100 IBU and a few bottles of Ingenium Gin to provide the finished beer with pleasant citrus, herbal and juniper notes. They will be doing a special bottle release of this one-of-a-kind Gin barrel aged double IPA in the future once the beer has spent enough time in the barrel to develop a pleasant barrel aged character. 

Savoie's Brewhouse has been approved to sell from their brewery and will soon be announcing hours of operation so you can come and pick up some local favorites.

Trail Way Brewing have released Beyond Reality. It is a juiced up version of their Raspberry Wheat. They increased the quantity of raspberries and changed their technique of dosing the beer with the raspberries. They then dry-hopped with a healthy dose of El Dorado hops. They say the result is "a unique crazy juicy berry/ raspberry character while remaining dry and crisp". 

Alcool NB Liquor opened The Craft Beer Room at the Station on York Street in Fredericton. The location has over 200 beers to choose from, new products arriving every week, growler bar and hard to find beers. 

Have a great week and enjoy responsibly. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

MBR May 5, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Happy Craft Beer Week Nova Scotia. I wrote a Complete Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week 2017 Day-by-Day Guide and Nova Scotia Open Brewery Day May 6th 2017 Complete Guide to help you plan your week. Here is the weeks news. 

Good Robot Brewing has three betabrew releases for Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week, brewed by Kelly Costello with different guest assistants for each (Brent Braaten, Dani Alarie and 2b Theatre folks)

  • 'Strangely Black', Black IPA with cold-steeped grains, release at the Good Robot taproom on May 5.
  • 'Later Gator', White IPA, dry-hopped w/Amarillo. May 7 at Stillwell Open
  • 'Klezmer Kölsch' will be released on May 10 for 2b Theatre's Ambassador Night with cast members of Old Stock: A refugee love story, which is running from May 4-14 at The Waiting Room

Hangover Triage Craft Beer Week event is on May 14 at Good Robot. The events on that date are:

  • Yoga in our beer garden at 11AM
  • Coffee and beer pairing from Bottleneck Coffee Co., especially crushable/sessionable beers from various NS breweries, brunch by Rinaldo's, and an oxygen bar.
  • Outdoor evening screening of Dazed and Confused, folks welcome to wear bathrobes, pajamas, or whatever other loungewear they typically don on a day after drinking.

Garrison Brewing released Juicy! Double IPA today. They have finalized the recipe after numerous test batches and gathering feedback. This is a draft only release for now and will be available for tasters and growler fills at the brewery, and will be at select licensees starting later this week end or early next week.  

Big Spruce Brewing released their May seasonal of  She's Maibock. It's brewed with 100% imported German malt and Bavarian yeast and lagered for just over a month. They added copious amounts of lemon zest to the boil then dry hopped with lemon zest for a balanced yet complex brew with some uniquely original flavours clocking in at 6.1% ABV and 30 IBU. It's available on tap at the brewery and fine taps across Nova Scotia.

Hell Bay Brewing says Sour Apple is now available at the brewery and select licensed establishments. It is a light brew, kettle soured with organic yogurt and fermented on Pazzazz apples. Mark says it is "Light, tart, refreshing and just in time for patio season". The 4.5% ABV beer is not bottled as of yet. 

Roof Hound Brewing has a new beer. Fuzzy Navel ISA is hazy, hoppy and juicy with peach and pomegranate. 

Sea Level Brewing released its seasonal speciality that is one of Brewmaster Randy Lawrence's favorites. The recipe was given to him from a friend who makes this beer in Dusseldorf, a master brewer at the Füchschen Brauerei. This New World Alt is a clean medium bodied ale with a background hop presence provided by the Hallertau Blanca and Mandarina Bacaria hops. The 5.5% ABV beer will be available in growlers and cans at the brewery and on tap at The Port Pub and Bistro as well as on tap at Battery Park for the Horton Ridge Tap Takeover on Saturday.

Spindrift Brewing has a new  Berliner Lager made with Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co. Pilsner Malt. The real kettle-soured beer is 3.6% ABV and 5 IBU and lightly dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria/Hallertau Blanc.

Annapolis Cider is now doing online ordering and shipping by the case at drinkannapolis.ca for anywhere in Canada. 

Lastly Chain Yard Cider has released its first cans to the NSLC. Chain Yard Foundations Cider is 6% ABV and hit the shelves earlier this week. Co-owner Susan Downey says the urban cidery on Agricola in Halifax will open later in May. 

Thanks for checking in this week and enjoy your week. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nova Scotia Open Brewery Day May 6th 2017 Complete Guide

Garrison Brewing 10 AM - 4 PM is having Brewing Demos, Brewery Tours as well as fresh local food from  Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar.

North Brewing Company and Battery Park Beer Bar will be hosting Al Stewart of Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co. for an afternoon Malt demo and all day tap takeover. The takeover will feature 19 different beers from 19 different breweries all made with Horton Ridge Malt.
North wants people to come and learn what malting is all about. The average consumer of craft beer interacts with all the breweries directly in their stores and at Farmers’ markets, but they don’t really get to see what Horton Ridge is doing. This event will give the industry a chance to shine a light on the amazing work done by a local producer. The fact that Horton Ridge exists is a testament to the growth of the local craft beer industry and the desire of Nova Scotians to drink products that are made as close to home as possible. It all starts at 11:30 AM.

Nine Locks Brewing is having tours and tastings at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. They are also offering deals including $5 off 2L fills, $25 for sweaters and more.

Good Robot Brewing is celebrating the day by opening their gastroturf.

Downeast Beer Factory will be offering tours and tasting at noon, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Great Specials offered all day: Free 2L Growler, logoed Hoddies $20

2 Crows Brewing is offering brewery tours.

Rudder's Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub is offering brewery tours, beer samples and specials on growlers.

Boxing Rock Brewing are kicking it off right with free samples and tours from 11 AM to 7 PM, the grand opening of Finest Kind Food, and of course axe throwing. Also join them for the afterparty at The Ship's Galley Pub and Eatery, 156 Water Street in  Shelburne from 8 PM - 11 PM.

At Saltbox Brewery look for brewery tours and prize drawings.

Hell Bay Brewing are offering tours and samples. They are also offering Beer School Part 1- The Basics. In this couse you will learn the basics of brewing and how four simple ingredients can produce so many styles of beer. What makes a lager light and crips and the reason porters and stouts are so dark and thick? You will learn the lingo...wort,lautering,sparging. The Beer School will be 7-10pm and cost $30+HST (tickets on sale now)

Uncle Leo's Brewery will have tours, samples and a food truck on site.

Tatamagouche Brewing has a special tap list that has been hand picked by their year round staff. Each staff member has chosen their favorite beer to have on tap. You'll see a few old favorites return for the special occasion.
Meet the head of our Brew Crew and ask questions, hear about his experiences and learn about the Tata Brew process.
There will also be a BBQ fundraiser,  Creamery Square Arts Society will be cooking up sausages and burgers to enjoy while you sample the taps.

Breton Brewing are opening the doors to the brew house to show you where the magic happens. They will also have a homebrewing demonstration set up where you can ask brewing related questions as well as view the process. they will also be providing FREE Brewery Tours as well as $5 pints. Brewery Tours at 12 PM, 4 PM, and 8 PM.

Big Spruce Brewing will raise the new Overhead Door to their brand new 5400 sq ft Brewery adjacent to their current location from 12 PM - 4 PM. Go see what a new automated 32 can/minute canning line looks like. They will have $2 samples, complimentary wood oven fired pizza, live entertainment, and tours,

Sober Island Brewing will be hosting A Salt on the Senses, a cask event from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Henley House Pub in Sheet Harbour. The event features live music and free local mussels. This event will take place next to Sober Island Brewing and staff will be available for brewery tours.

Rare Bird Craft Beer will be having tours, music, and food.

Meander River Farm will offer tours and the brewers will be available to talk from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Lazy Bear Brewing will be showing a brewing process and be available for interactive discussions from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Wayfarers' Ale will have tours, samples and live music through the day

Complete Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week 2017 Day-by-Day Guide

The 3rd Annual Craft Beer is happening again this year in many locations all over the province. The week is to celebrate all craft beer and what the industry brings to the province but in particular CBANS and its 34 members.

A lot of the favorite events are back including a few more including three beer festivals, beer dinners and many more. 

Here is a listing of the official and unofficial events that I know of. 

Thursday, May 4th

To kick things off the two Cape Breton Breweries of Big Spruce Brewing and Breton Brewing are doing a Tap Takeover Week End from Thursday May 4th to Sunday May 7th at Jamieson's Irish House & Grill on Cumberland Drive in Dartmouth. All 16 taps will be be Cape Breton nectar with each brewery garnering 8 each and on Monday the one with the top sales wins the trophy. The schedule for each day is :

  • May 4. Warm up night and Wing Night
  • May 5. Official Launch
  • May 6. Brewery personnel on site pouring pints, giving away swag and 2 ceilidhs: an afternoon one from  2-5 PM ($2/person) and an evening one 8-11 PM ($3/person)
  • May 7. Industry Night with $5 pints for all industry personnel.
  • May 8. Trophy awarded.

(Official event, 19+)

Friday May 5th

Cape Breton Kitchen Party at Centre 200 on George Street, Sydney is hosted by Big Spruce Brewing and Breton Brewing. The event features live music by The Town Heroes and Ian MacDougall and Friends. There will be local Cape Breton food vendors and 15 Nova Scotia craft breweries. Each ticket includes 12- 4 oz beer samples, beer bites, and live music. All profits will be donated to Loaves an Fishes. The list of breweries attending are: 
Breton Brewing
Big Spruce Brewing
Spindrift Brewing
Trider's Craft Beer
Saltbox Brewery
Boxing Rock Brewing
Uncle Leo's Brewery
Rare Bird Craft Beer
Nine Locks Brewing
Good Robot Brewing
Garrison Brewing
2 Crows Brewing
Tatamagouche Brewing
North Brewing
Downeast Beer Factory
(Official event, 19+, Tickets required) 

Ladies Beer League and Hands on Halifax have joined together to offer a unique opportunity during Craft Beer Week to Transport Your Beer in Style. They are hosting a beginners workshop to build a craft beer crate, designed to transport two 32 fluid ounce Growlers. Participants will be introduced to some basic woodworking techniques including basic plan reading, joinery and assembly, while learning to use some of the shop’s tools. There are three sessions avalable 
Friday May 5 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday May 7 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday May 7 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
(Official event, Tickets required) 

Saturday May 6th

Open Brewery Day is happening at 19 breweries across the province, Get full details here.

The Taste Halifax Beer Bus is doing a Valley Route on May 6th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM for an exclusive first time tour visiting 4 breweries, including Meander River Farm, SchoolHouse Brewery, Wayfarer’s Ale Society and Sea Level Brewery, in the Annapolis Valley during Open Brewery Day.  You can join our tour in Halifax, Dartmouth or Lower Sackville for a full day of brewery tours and craft beer tastings. Lunch will also be provided at the Port Pub overlooking the rising tides of the Cornwallis River.

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required) 

Horton Ridge Tap Takeover is all happening at Battery Park Beer Bar at 62 Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth from 11:30 AM to close. North Brewing Company and Battery Park Beer Bar will be hosting Al Stewart of Horton Ridge Malt and Grain for an afternoon Malt demo and all day tap takeover. The takeover will feature 19 different beers from 19 different breweries all made with Horton Ridge Malt.
The event is to come and learn what malting is all about. This event will give the industry a chance to shine a light on the amazing work done by a local producer. The fact that Horton Ridge exists is a testament to the growth of the local craft beer industry and the desire of Nova Scotians to drink products that are made as close to home as possible. 

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

TAPPED Truro Craft Beer Fest is from 7 PM to 10 PM at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Complex, 73 Ryland Avenue in Truro, Admission includes access to event, 10 4oz. samples, a TAPPED take home glass, and a voucher for use toward an exclusive after-party beverage.
Food trucks will also be on site, Timber Lounge Hfx mobile will be there to try your hand at throwing a double-blade, a mechanical bull from Forever Memories Equestrian Centre and musical entertainment from E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes
There will be an afterparty at the Nook n Cranny Brew Pub from 10 PM until 2 AM. 

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Sober Island Brewing will be hosting A Salt on the Senses, a cask event from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Henley House Pub in Sheet Harbour. The event features live music and free local mussels. This event will take place next to Sober Island Brewing and staff will be available for brewery tours. Casks are coming from:
Brightwood Brewery
Nine Locks Brewing
Boxing Rock Brewing
Tatamagouche Brewing
Garrison Brewing
Sober Island Brewing
Schoolhouse Brewery
(Official event, 19+)

Sober Island Brewing is hosting A Cask Celebration at Henley House Pub And Restaurant in Sheet Harbour from 9 PM to 1 AM. The event features the Quinn Bonnell Band and casks from breweries all over Nova Scotia. Casks are coming from:
Brightwood Brewery
Nine Locks Brewing
Boxing Rock Brewing
Tatamagouche Brewing
Garrison Brewing
Schoolhouse Brewing
Sober Island Brewing
(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Sunday May 7th

The 3rd Annual Stillwell Open returns May 7th, celebrating NS Craft Beer Week. Stillwell on Barrington Street in Halifax will be pouring 16 debut beers brewed especially for this event from some of Nova Scotia’s best brewers, served blind, for you to judge and enjoy. Starting at noon drink beers blind and vote for the best one. At 3 PM the winners. Debut beers in competition from:
2 Crows Brewing
Tidehouse Brewing
Good Robot Brewing
North Brewing
Brightwood Brewery
Spindrift Brewing
Boxing Rock Brewing
Hell Bay Brewing
FirkinStein Brewing
Sea Level Brewing
Paddys Irish Brewpub
Lunn’s Mill Beer
Big Spruce Brewing
Tatamagouche Brewing
Breton Brewing
The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery

Brathair Brewing
Brian Harvey
Aaron Spanik
Chris MacDonald
Jason MacDougall
(Official event, 19+)

Monday May 8th

RIOT Snack Bar, Quinpool Road, Halifax is hosting Tidehouse vs. 2 Crows  A Craft Beer Battle. RIOT Snack Bar will provide a fun 5 course menu paired with beers from both breweries and you have to decide whose beer does it best. The brewers will be there so you can get to know the method behind their madness. Tickets include your meal and beers from both breweries. There are two seatings available one at 5:30 PM and one at 8:30 PM

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Tuesday May 9th

Some of the province’s best mixologists converge for a night of revelry at The Auction House on Argyle Street in Halifax for Beer Cocktail Face Off. Representatives from several cocktail bars will be randomly paired with Nova Scotia Craft Breweries and challenged to come up with the ultimate craft concoction. Attendees will vote on their favourites and a winner will be crowned

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Wednesday May 10th

Seven Bays Bouldering is hosting a pop up beer bar for craft beer week. There will be 12 taps filled by neighbourhood breweries from 2 Crows Brewing, Propeller Brewing and North Brewing. The 244 will grilling up a storm on site with a pop up BBQ (cash only) and there will be live music by Tomi Allen's Global Grooves. Come on by go for a climb and then refuel with some beer, BBQ and live music.

The Timber Lounge​ on Agricola Street, Halifax is hosting AXEcellent Craft Beer Party that will highlight their craft beer on tap partners.
4:30 – 7:30 PM – Axe Throwing 
7:30 – 7:45 PM – Lumberjack Show on the Timber Stage
8:00 – 10:30PM – Beer Trivia

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Thursday May 11th

Uncle Leo’s Brewery, Tatamagouche Brewing and Backstage Brewing present Beer & Bites at New Glasgow Farmer’s Market 115 Jury Street, New Glasgow. It is a fun evening of Craft Beer and food from 12 Breweries and 5 Food Trucks from across Nova Scotia from 5 PM to 9 PM. Brews to be sampled from:
Lunn’s Mill Brewery
Saltbox Brewing
Triders Craft Beer
Boxing Rock Brewing
Garrison Brewing
Big Spruce Brewing
North Brewing Company
Meander River Farm & Brewery
Schoolhouse Brewery
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Uncle Leo’s Brewery
Backstage Brewing
Bites to be sampled from:
Asado Woodfired Grill
The Finest Kind of Food Company
Smokinstien Food Truck
Taco Stiles
Wanna Lick My Plate
(Official event, 19+)

Murphy’s The Cable Wharf is excited to be hosting the ultimate beer experience – by bringing you out on the water for an 1.5 hour sailing adventure aboard Tall Ship Silva to tipple some of Nova Scotia’s best craft brews on a Brew’s Cruise.

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Friday May 12th

Full House, the signature event for Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week, is coming to the Multipurpose Room at the Halifax Forum on Windsor Street in Halifax with three sessions over two days on May 12th and 13th from at least 28 breweries. Your ticket includes access to the event, 12 – 4oz. beer samples, and a take-home glass.

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Saturday May 13th

Full House continues with afternoon and evening session

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Sunday May 14th

Good Robot Brewing is presenting the Hangover Triage, a cure from a week of fun. Start your day off with yoga in their beer garden at 11 AM, then treat yourself to a coffee and beer pairing from Bottleneck Coffee, beers from various NS breweries, brunch by Rinaldo’s, and an oxygen bar to replenish your supply. The evening will have an outdoor screening of Dazed and Confused and you are free to wear a bathrobe, pajamas, or whatever other loungewear you typically don on a day after fun.

(Official event, 19+, Tickets required)

Unofficial events 

Join Boxing Rock Brewing at The Ship's Galley Pub and Eatery, 156 Water Street in  Shelburne from 8 PM - 11 PM on May 6th. After Open Brewery Day gears down head to the Ship's Galley Pub for some fun beer trivia. Get your thinking caps on to win some cool Boxing Rock swag prizes. 

(Unofficial event, 19+)

Bishops Cellar are presenting a full tap takeover from Tatamagouche Brewing. All 5 in store taps will feature Tatamagouche Brewing beers- including their collaboration: The Cellar Slammer.  As an added bonus: the fine folks from TataBrew will also bring along limited quantities of their Giant Bottle Series. These limited release styles are named after the giantess from Tatamagouche, Anna Swan. Never before have these bottles been available for purchase outside the brewery. Stop by for a growler fill or come see Christiane in store between 12:00 and 3:00 PM Saturday to try before you buy.

(Unofficial event, 19+)

Big Spruce Brewing is doing a tap takeover at RockHead Wine & Beer Market on Sunday May 7th. Big Spruce Brewing is taking over all 5 taps including their new Hoppy Saison style beer (It's so new - it doesn't yet have a name). There will also have plenty of the new Big Spruce canned product on hand 

(Unofficial event, 19+)

The Stubborn Goat Gastropub at 1579 Grafton Street, Halifax will be pouring all Nova Scotian made beers during NS Craft Beer Week May 5 to 12. Beers they will have on tap over the course of the week are: 
Bulwark Ciders
Big Spruce Brewing
Unfiltered Brewing & Charm School Pub
Boxing Rock Brewing Company
Downeast Beer Factory
Breton Brewing Co.
Bad Apple Brewhouse
Spindrift Brewing Company
Garrison Brewing Co.
2 Crows Brewing
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Good Robot Brewing Company
Tide House Brewing
Wayfarers' Ales
Roof Hound Brewing Co.
Sea Level Brewing
Uncle Leo's Brewery
(Unofficial event, 19+)

Nova Scotia Craft Brewing Documentary “Sociable!” has 2 screenings over craft beer week. 
- Wednesday, May10th,  7:30pm  at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche
- Thursday, May 11th, 7:30pm at Battery Park Beer Bar in Dartmouth

(Unofficial event, 19+)

The Grand Banker Bar & Grill is hosting Hell Of A Night, the Tap & Kitchen Takeover with Hell Bay Brewing Company is on Thursday, May 11th from 5 PM to 9 PM! The owner and brewmaster of Hell Bay Brewing Company is also a former culinarian, and worked with Grand Banker's Chef to create a menu for the night with items all prepared using Hell Bay Brews. They will also have Live Music with Shawn Hebb performing. 

(Unofficial event, 19+)