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For those of you who have tickets to the sold-out Brewer’s Bash in Fredericton this Saturday, here’s a list of the Atlantic Canadian beers that should be available for your drinking pleasure…

• New Brunswick:

– Acadie-Broue – La Bringue (American Brown Ale)

– Big Tide – Seaworthy IPA, Karnival Kölsch, and possibly their Benedict Arnold ESB

– Grimross – Cheval D’Or, and their new Destrier Farmhouse Stout

– Picaroons – all of their regular-release beers, plus possibly their new East India Porter

– Pump House – Premium Lager and Blueberry Ale

– Shiretown – Blonde du Quai

• Newfoundland:

– Quidi Vidi – Iceberg Beer and British IPA

• Nova Scotia:

– Big Spruce – Kitchen Party Pale Ale, Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout, and Regatta Red

– Garrison Brewing – Hop Yard, Irish Red, Nit Wit, Citra One-Hop, and Raspberry Wheat

– Granite Brewery – Peculiar, Ringwood, Honey Ginger, Keefe’s Irish Stout, Old Cardinal, and Hopping Mad

– Hell Bay – English Ale

– Propeller – Bohemian Pilsner, ESB, Honey Wheat, IPA, and London Style Porter

– Rock Bottom – Fathom IPA and Rookie American Mild

Note: Unfortunately, Bridge Brewing from Halifax will NOT be at the festival. Owner Peter Burbridge has said that due to high demand for their beers in Halifax, they will not have the time to attend. Hopefully, next time!

Update: Looks like Sea Level Brewing will also NOT be coming to the festival due to selling out of their beer this past week. Like Bridge Brewing, we look forward to seeing them at the next beer festival, whenever that may be!

• Prince Edward Island:

– PEI Brewing Co – 1772 IPA, Iron Bridge (formerly Iron Horse), Sir John A’s Honey Wheat, Island Red, Beach Chair Lager, and Blueberry Ale

The beers being served by the breweries in the other provinces can be viewed on the festival’s Facebook page. Have a great time, you lucky ticket-holders! And remember… hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Happy Friday, everyone! How about some beer news for this week?

Boxing Rock Brewery in Shelburne is opening Saturday! At their location at 78 Ohio Rd, they will have their Temptation Red Ale in 1 L and 1.89 L growlers, as well as some merchandise. The storefront will be open Monday-Saturday, and there will be a grand opening soon. They will also be at the Shelburne Farmer’s Market tomorrow. Welcome to the fast growing Atlantic Canada Beer scene!

Railcar Brewing Company, set to open late this fall, will no longer be housed in Railcar 3 at the Shogomac Site in Florenceville-Bristol, NB, despite a previous proposal being accepted by the town. Owner/brewmaster Mitch Biggar has posted on Railcar’s Facebook page that he is currently weighing other location options for the brewery. We’ll be sure to post on this nano-brewery’s new location and plans as soon as we can!

• Propeller Brewing Co is opening their Dartmouth storefront at 617 Windmill tomorrow. They will have growlers and bottles for sale, and their 16th Anniversary celebration beer should be available at both stores. It is an unfiltered dry-hopped Pale Ale. Eventually, the main production will switch over to the larger 30hL brewhouse in Dartmouth, but like all good things, it’s not going to happen overnight! We hope to have more details for you soon.

• Looking to attend the Brewer’s Bash in Fredericton, hosted by Picaroons, next Saturday, July 13th? Well, tickets have been sold out for some time, but organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out with pouring samples, tending the entrance and exits, running beer and ice, and keeping the site tidy. There are two options: one 4-hour shift in the morning or afternoon, and one 5&1/2 hour shift in the evening. Volunteers would have access to the festival after their shift is completed; while evening volunteers would obviously miss most of the festival, there will be a “post-event bonus” of some sort. If you’re interested, send an email ASAP to kim@picaroons.ca.

• On July 1st, shortly after our post in last Friday’s Wrap-Up, Grimross Brewing began selling their Cheval D’Or at the Picaroons Brewtique in Fredericton. The 5 bbl batch (155 U.S. gallons) of this Saison was also brewed at this location, and is available in 750 mL swing-top growlers. Those living in Fredericton will be seeing this beer on tap at restaurants and bars in the near future, along with some other Belgian-style beers that owner/brewer Stephen Dixon has planned.

• For those of you that haven’t yet purchased your tickets for August’s Fredericton Beer Run, here’s another incentive for you: one of the prizes for this event will be a private tasting of some of Red Rover Brewing‘s ciders. This will be just one of the craft-beer/cider related prizes available, ranging from random draws to swag and other items for the top runners in each distance.

Shiretown continues to expand the locations that their Blonde du Quai can be found. Check the ANBL site for exact details, but it can now be found regularly in some stores in Fredericton and Moncton, as well as Caraquet and Tracadie-Sheila, and on tap at good beer bars Marky’s Laundromat and the Saint John Ale House.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to enjoy the warm weather with some local and cold (but not too cold!) craft beer!

Over the past weekend, Uncle Leo’s Brewery in Lyons Brook, NS (2 minutes outside of Pictou) opened to great crowds of local beer lovers and visitors from all over the province, despite the spotty weather. We traded emails with co-owner and brewer Karl Whiffen, who, along with his wife Rebecca (also co-owner), were thrilled by the interest of good beer fans.

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ACBB: Could you give us some background about how this all got started?

Karl Whiffen: A little over two years ago, my wife and I were driving by the old “New Scotland Brewery” and noticed a for sale sign. We’ve both wanted to own our own business for some time and the idea of owning a brewery really intrigued us. Little did we know at the time that there would soon be a small explosion of breweries in Nova Scotia. It’s a good time to be a craft brewery.

Were you doing much homebrewing before you decided to go pro?

Not as much as most people would expect, I suppose. I got into all grain brewing about three years ago.

Who was Uncle Leo?

Uncle Leo was my Great Uncle. He lived in Newfoundland and supplied beer to the local residents in my old hometown. This was during the 40’s and 50’s in rural Newfoundland. You couldn’t go to the local beer store back then, so you went to Uncle Leo’s.

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What type of brewing system do you plan on using initially?

We will be using a direct fired 10BBL system.

Do you have any partners involved with Uncle Leo’s Brewing?

Yes, my wife.

Have you had any assistance with other breweries in the area through the whole process?

Yes. I would like to thank John Allen at Propeller who was kind enough to allow me to work at his brewery and teach me about the workings of commercial brewing equipment. I’d also like to thank our consultant Greg Nash of the Rockbottom BrewPub and the Hart and Thistle.

Tell me a bit about Uncle Leo’s initial beers. Are you planning on concentrating on a particular style, or styles of beer?

For now we are coming out with a red ale and a west coast style IPA. Down the road I’d like to add seasonal beers and I have a beer in mind as a tribute to my Uncle Leo.

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Do you have a favorite beer style? Brewery? Beer? Any hobbies outside of brewing?

Not really. I guess I’m biased towards British ales, but i’m open to anything, really. What I really like is trying new beers; I think that’s pretty normal for craft beer drinkers. If I ever get the time again, I’d really like to get back into sailing.

From whom have you learned the most in respect to brewing?

I guess most of what I know at this point is self taught, or stuff I learned from online forums and such. I think I’m getting a pretty good education from Greg Nash, too. That guy’s a great brewer. There’s a lot of depth to his knowledge.

Is there something specific that got you into the world of craft beer?

Probably my uncle (not Leo) who lived in England for awhile. When I lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland about 20 years ago he would take me to all the smaller pubs and bars there. Wherever he could find imported British beer. I guess that’s not necessarily craft beer, but it developed my taste for beer outside the mainstream. I don’t remember my first craft beer. It was probably a Golden Rye from the New Scotland Brewing Company.

How was the launch on the weekend?

It was great! We sold out of growlers on the first day.  Our nearest estimate is over 500 people during the 2 day opening.  We expected to be busy but not lined up to the road all day.  It was incredible.  We were filling in that back as fast as we could and still couldn’t quite keep up.

 

Uncle Leo’s Brewery is open afternoons Wed-Sun, with brewery tours bookable Wed-Sat evenings. Their website has a great map with the Craft Breweries of Nova Scotia on it, so you can plan your vacation to the great breweries across the province.

Uncle Leo’s beer will soon be available at the NSLC, and on tap at local bars. They’ve got more growlers on the way to replenish their stock. Be sure to follow their website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news.