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 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.