Friday, June 16, 2017

MBR June 16, 2017 - Nova Scotia Edition

Happy Friday, here is the beer news for June 16th. 

Propeller Brewing has launched The Gottingen Small Batch series that is an evolution of the One-Hit Wonder series. Moving forward, the "Gottingen Small Batch" series will be rolled out on a regular (monthly) basis highlighting styles of beer that often go overlooked in the mainstream beer market. They want to explore more beer styles by bringing forward a greater variety of true-to-style (but rarely seen) beers. The first Gottingen Small Batch release is a simple summer India Session Ale entitled "Gratitude". It is a 4.5% ABV and 56 IBU beer hopped with Centennial, Moose Mountain Cascade and Amarillo. 

Good Robot Brewing as their Shocking Pink, their Gose radler, out and on tap.  is on tap as of today. Looking ahead there are two new brews next week, First up is Beta Brew "Cream Team" brewed by Kelly Costello and Doug Kehoe: A cream ale at 6.56% ABV and 15 IBU with a nice sweet, honey, straw aroma, slightly lemony flavour and grassy aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel, of course. Warrior, tettnang and willamette hops. Next up is SMaSH Pale Ale #2: Pacifica (Name TBD) is a 4.7% ABV and 24 IBU pale ale showcasing the pacifica hops. 

Garrison Brewing is hosting Backlot Bash, featuring The Sheepdogs, ECMA winner Port Cities, Juno Award winner Garret Mason and local favourites the Royal Volts, on Saturday. It is in support of the Ecology Action Centre. Before the concert they will be hosting Red Racer’s Sprinter van on their brewery patio from 1-4 PM. They have been travelling across Canada on their Celebration Tour, stopping by breweries on their way. Daryn Medwid, Gary Lohin and James Hume will be there from Central City pouring samples of  Garrison's collaboration, the “New” Scottish Ale which is part of the Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration 12-pack commemorating the country’s milestone birthday. Speaking of that “New” Scottish Ale, it is now on tap at the brewery for growler fills and samples, and will be making its way to some accounts shortly. The 5.7% ABV and 38 IBU beer has nice smoked aroma with caramel & hints of berry-like fruits. Dominant caramel flavour with pleasant smoky character and low-medium bitter finish.

Chill Street Fresh Beer and Cider Market opened for business this week in Elmsdale. They opened with four products Unplugged Pale Ale, Skinny Dippin' Apple Cider, Honey I'm Home Honey Brown Ale and Hants Down Pilsner. They are open 10 AM to 10 PM Monday to Saturday and Noon to 8 PM on Sunday. 

Gahan House - Halifax has a couple beer updates for their waterfront brewpub. The final keg of Barrel Aged Golden Ale with Brett was tapped this week. It was aged for 8 months in Hungarian Oak and is 5% ABV. They also just released the second batch of Impatience Sour Brown Ale, aged on Morello cherries and raspberries. It's a dark ale, yet still very thirst quenching. 

Granite Brewery is part of a National Brewing Collaboration for Canada's 150. The Fathers of Fermentation are doing a Unique, Canadian Brewing Collaboration to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Signing of Confederation - Sir John’s Special Eh’le.
A truly Canadian concept, 7 microbreweries and brewpubs from across Canada are collaborating to produce the first handcrafted national beer brewed from Coast to Coast. This liquid treasure will be available at the following breweries as of July 1, 2017:
Granite Brewery, in Halifax NS 
Picaroon’s Traditional Ales of Fredericton NB
Golden Lion Brewery, Lennoxville Que. 
Granite Brewery, Toronto Ont.
Ashton Brew Pub, Ottawa Ont 
Clock Tower Brewing, Ottawa Ont.
Four Mile Brewing Co, Victoria BC

North Brewing released a Barrel aged Headline Milk Stout as a limited bottle release. The beer was aged in barrels for 5 months and conditioned in the bottle just shy of 2 months. 

Roof Hound Brewing announced a new Kettle Sour. It is called Thyme to Grow A Pear Blueberry Kettle Sour and is 4% ABV. Find it at the brewery this week end.

Salty Dog Brewing collaborated with My Home Apparel to create Home Brew Session Ale. They say this light, fresh, 3.5% ale is perfect for summer sipping. They are also hosting a pop-up at My HOME Apparel this Saturday afternoon from 12-4, with samples, music and half-price growlers. 

Schoolhouse Brewing are celebrating their grand opening tomorrow. Their "Graduation" will start at 11 AM and continue throughout the day until address and speech by the Principal at 7 PM. Over the day, they will be having the biggest tournament of Four Square that Nova Scotia has ever seen, washer toss, some music and food and, of course beer. After the address they have The Basin Brothers, Tony Wood Trio & Special Guests along with some hot eats from some of the finest food trucks in the province.

Tidehouse Brewing has Birthday Sauce now available. It is a classic IPA with a good hit of bittering, pine & orange notes and clocks in a 6.5% ABV. 

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