All posts for the month July, 2012

Hot off of releasing v3.0 of Hop Mess Monster at Hart & Thistle earlier this week, Rockstar Brewer Greg Nash is bringing something very original to the Halifax beer scene.  Available at 11am tomorrow at Rockbottom is Hasukappu Weisse.

The brew is made Haskap berry (the first commercially available beer brewed with Haskap in North America) and Rockbottom’s German-style hefeweizen.

The new brew described:

The spicy phenols of our classic hefeweizen combine with the tartness of the Haskap in the finish, acidic and very refreshing. This is a great homegrown summer treat. And don’t be surprised to find a little blue nugget in your glass, the berries make for an excellent garnish.

Two versions of the brew have been created.  Version one is available on taps now with version 2 (the final version of the beer) available shortly.

Additional information on the berry is available on the Rockbottom Brewer’s Blog.

Several members of the Halifax based Brewnosers homebrewing club recently won awards at the Canadian Amateur Brewing Association 2012 Anything Goes Competition.  Members of the club winning awards were:


Place: 3rd
Entry Name: Cabot’s Irish Red Ale
Brewer(s): Bryan MacDonald and Andrew Morrow
Club: Brewnosers

American Ale

Place: 1st
Entry Name: Boulderbrook Brown
Brewer(s): Bryan MacDonald and Andrew Morrow
Club: Brewnosers


Place: 1st
Entry Name: Force of the Delta
Brewer(s): James Keddy and Gavin Stewart
Club: Brewnosers

Fruit Beer

Place: 2nd
Entry Name: Cornelius Alphonse’s Citrus Curative
Brewer(s): Liam Sellers
Club: Brewnosers

Specialty Beer

Place: 1st
Entry Name: Knotty Boy
Brewer(s): Anthony Legge
Club: Brewnosers

Great showing by the local club and congratulations to all winners!

A Belgium themed beer tasting will take place at Pickles Deli in Sackville, NB this Saturday night at 8pm.  The event will be hosted by local beer blogger Dave Evans (aka Beer Maven) and will feature the following beers:  Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, Orval and Unibroue’s Belgian inspired La Fin Du Monde.

In addition to samples of the above beers, each ticket includes unlimited appetizer-sized sandwiches. Tickets for the event are $25 each and are available from Pickles or by phone at 506-939-DELI.

The list of beers for this year’s Halifax Seaport BeerFest is now available on the event’s website.  A total of 213 beverages will be available including 5 gluten-free beer, 8 ciders, 37 from Maritime breweries, 45 from Quebec, 42 from Ontario, 4 from Western Canada, 4 from national breweries, 25 from the US and 43 international brews.

Garrison Brewing Co., Hell Bay Brewing, Moosehead Brewery, PEI Brewing Co., Picaroons Brewery, Pump House Brewery (tentative), Rockbottom Brewpub and Rogues Roost are the Maritime breweries scheduled to participate.

See the event’s website for ticket information, a special offer for designated drivers and the benefits for volunteering at the event.

Version 3.0 of the legendary Hop Mess Monster will be available at Hart & Thistle Tuesday, July 24th at 5pm.  The brew was created using monstrous amounts of hops ( over 23lbs / barrel).  The beer is described as:

The world’s hoppiest beer: thick with essential hop oils, juicy, fruity, dirty, sweaty, intensely hoppy and sexy just the way we like ’em!

As mentioned on Picaroons Pub website and Canadian Beer News, Picaroons will be releasing a special edition “Plaid to the Bone” Heather Ale.  The brew was created specifically for the upcoming New Brunswick Highland Games Festival and the name was chosen as a result of a contest won by Emily Moller.

The brew was made with real Heather tips and flowers and will be launched in Cask form at the Lunar Rogue Tuesday, July 24th.  The beer will also be available throughout the week at the Brewtique and at the festival itself.

As mentioned on their Twitter feed ( @PEIBrew ), PEI Brewing Company’s Gahan 1772 IPA is now available at select ANBL stores in New Brunswick.  The brew is currently available in Greater Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton area stores.

In other related news, their Twitter feed also mentions that they have their applications in to get their Gahan Ales and Beach Chair Lager onto the shelves in Nova Scotia although it doesn’t specify if it is NSLC locations or the Private liquor stores.  I’ll update as more information is available.