Atlantic Canada Beer Festivals

The third annual Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week is nearly upon us! It is presented by the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, whose member base includes 34 breweries from across the province. With events scheduled May 5-14 and from Sydney to Yarmouth, we thought it would be helpful to put them into a Calendar that can be added to your favourite app/phone, and a Map to help plan out your travels for the week.

As always, if we’ve missed an event, please hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, we are @ACBeerBlog on all of them, and we’ll add it to our list. Use #NSCraftBeerWeek to stay on top of the latest goings ons. Be sure to say Hi! if you see Aaron or Chris (or both, on Wednesday at The AXEcellent Trivia at Timber Lounge!). Cheers to Local Beers!

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FCBF

The third annual Fredericton Craft Beer Festival (FCBF) will be taking place on Saturday, March 7th at the Fredericton Convention Centre downtown. This year’s festival promises to somehow improve on last year’s event, featuring new breweries and new beers, while continuing to focus strongly on those represented by the Maritimes. The festival has many sponsors: event sponsors include Massive Graphics and the King Street Ale House; hotel sponsor is the Crowne Plaza-Lord Beaverbrook Hotel; and supporting sponsors Investors Group and Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers.

This year’s FCBF sold out even faster than last year’s… all 1,050 tickets were spoken for more than two weeks ago, with the 250 VIP tickets selling out within hours of going on sale. The festival will run from 7:30-10:00 pm, and features 4 oz pours of a large variety of craft beers, ciders and mead. VIP ticket-holders get early access to the festival at 6:30 pm, as well as a custom tasting glass.

There will be several food options available during the festival; the full list hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we can confirm that Johnny 5’s Burger and Fries will have sliders and potato wedges available for purchase, and Magzy’s Kettle Korn will be there for the third year in a row.

For those visiting from out of town (or Frederictonians who want to make a full night of it!), the Crowne Plaza – located across the street from the Convention Centre – is once again offering their festival rate of $109/night for both Friday and Saturday (March 6th and 7th); that discounted rate is available here. There will be lots of craft beer available before and after the festival in the city – the King Street Ale House has been named as the Official Beer Bar of the festival, and always has plenty of options on tap and in bottles. Also, the James Joyce Irish Pub, located in the Crowne Plaza, has been steadily increasing their selection of draught craft beer lately, and they’re hoping to have at least one beer from almost every craft brewery in New Brunswick.

Last year’s festival saw a significant increase over the inaugural event in 2013, with 28 brewers and distributors pouring over 150 different beers, ciders and meads. This year, there will be even more: about 45 breweries and 190 different beers will be available! With the exception of Acadie-Broue, every brewery in New Brunswick will be attending this year. Both breweries from PEI will be there, along with seven breweries from Nova Scotia, making a large showing from the Atlantic provinces – more than half of the booths will feature local beers! As well, thanks to importers Good Pallets and ASWL, ticket-holders will see many new breweries from outside Atlantic Canada attending for the first time, such as Quebec’s Dieu du Ciel!, Trou du Diable, and Trois Mousquetaires, and Ontario’s Flying Monkeys and Grand River Brewing, to name a few.

While many favorites will be pouring from breweries attending FCBF, there are lots of one-offs that will be available for tasting, and several breweries are even bringing new beers brewed specifically for the festival! Fredericton’s own TrailWay Brewing will have three new beers (an APA, IPA, and Imperial Coffee Milk Stout); Big Tide is bringing a traditional Bavarian lager, Bucht Bock; Boxing Rock’s collaboration Rye IPA (The Next Chapter) brewed with Andrew “Esty” Estabrooks will be making it’s awaited debut; and Big Spruce will have UnRYEvaled Chocolate Rye IPA. As well, Petit-Sault will have their new beer brewed earlier this month for International Women’s Day, Phémie-la-Bootlegger.

All of the local breweries will have a brewer and/or brewery representative on hand to answer questions about their products. As well, Good Pallets will have several volunteers on hand; these volunteers have many decades of combined experience in the industry. So, feel free to discuss beer at the festival, instead of just consuming it! In addition, many breweries will have swag on hand for purchase.

Finally, two breweries planning to open in the near future will have brewers in the crowd: Riverview, NB’s A.W.O.L. Brewery will be represented by owner/brewer Robert Black, and the crew from Wrought Iron Brewing in Halifax will also be at the festival. If you can find them, be sure to stop and say hi!

Now, on to the brewery/beer list!  Keep in mind these products are subject to change, and some have not been announced yet. We will continue to update this list as we find out more information:

Atlantic Spirits & Wines (Dartmouth, NS) – Somersby Cider, Kronenbourg 1664, Holsten Festbock, Holsten Maibock,

Authentic Seacoast Brewing Co. (Guysborough, NS) – Rare Bird Pale Ale, Rare Bird Full Steam Stout, Rare Bird Red Ale

Bad Apple Brewhouse (Berwick, NS) – Black and Tackle RIS, Mosaic DIPA

Barnone Brewing (Rose Valley, PEI) – IPA, Pale Ale, Summer Sessions, American Wheat Ale

Big Axe Brewing (Nackawic, NB) – Big Axe Blonde, Shakesbeer Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Wrath of Putin Imperial Pale Ale, Red Ale

Big Spruce Brewing (Nyanza, NS) – Tim’s Dirty American IPA, Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout, Coade Word: Snowmageddon, UnRYEvaled Chocolate Rye IPA

Big Tide Brewing Company (Saint John, NB) – Fogbound Hemp Pale Ale, Bucht Bock

Black Oak Brewing (Etobicoke, ON) – 10 Bitter Years

Boxing Rock Brewing (Shelburne, NS) – Temptation Red Ale, Hunky Dory Pale Ale, The Vicar’s Cross Double IPA, The Next Chapter (Rye IPA)

Brasseurs du Petit-Sault (Edmundston, NB) – Tante Blanche, Bob LeBouef, Louis XVII, Canon Franchetti, Phémie-la-Bootlegger

Celtic Knot (Riverview, NB) – Dubh Loki Black IPA, Éire (Irish Red Ale)

Central City Brewing (Surrey, BC) – Red Racer IPA, Red Racer Copper Ale

Churchill Cellars (Toronto, ON) – Bavaria 8.6 (Original), Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse, Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse, Amsterdam Natural Blonde, Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA, Amsterdam Orange Weisse

Creemore Springs Brewery (Creemore, ON) – Creemore Springs Premium Lager, Mad & Noisy Hops & Bolts, Granville Island English Bay Pale Ale

Dieu du Ciel! (St-Jerome, QC) – Péché Mortel, Moralité, Chemin de Croix

Double Trouble Brewing (ON) – Hops and Robbers Extra Delicious IPA, Prison Break, Fire in the Rye, Revenge of the Ginger, French Press Vanilla Stout

Flying Monkeys (Barrie, ON) – Hoptical Illusion, Smashbomb Atomic IPA, The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo, Genius of Suburbia, The Chocolate Manifesto

Garrison Brewing Co. (Halifax, NS) – Tall Ship Amber, Irish Red, Raspberry Wheat, IPA, Imperial IPA, Glutenberg American Pale Ale, Glutenberg Blonde, Glutenberg Red

Grand River Brewing (Cambridge, ON) – Plowman’s Ale, Mill Race Mild, Pugnacious Pale Ale, Curmudgeon IPA

Grimross Brewing Company (Fredericton, NB) – Cheval D’Or, Ben’s Bitter Pale Ale

Hammond River Brewing (Quispamsis, NB) – Too Hop to Handle DIPA, Breakfast Stout, Imperial Vanilla Porter (Bourbon version)

Lake of Bays Brewing (Baysville, ON) – 10 Point IPA, Top Shelf Lager, Old North Mocha Porter, Rock Cut Lager, Spark House Red Ale, Crosswind Pale Ale

McAuslan Brewery (Montreal, QC) – St. Ambroise Pale Ale, St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat, St. Ambroise IPA

McClelland Premium Imports (Mississauga, ON) – Erdinger Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, Fruli Strawberry, Stiegl Lager, Stiegl Radler, Mort Subite Kriek, Mort Subite Framboise, Mongozo Premium Pilsner, Palm Amber Ale, Delirium Tremens, Delirium Tremens Christmas

Mill St. Brewery (Scarborough, ON) – Belgian Wit, Belgian Tank House, Belgian Organic

Moosehead (Saint John, NB) – Moosehead Boundary Ale, Moosehead Pale Ale, Clancy’s, Moosehead Radler, Hop City Barking Squirrel, Hop City HopBot, Hop City Big Mouth Pale Ale, Hop City 8th Sin Black Lager, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Rebel IPA, Sam Adams Cold Snap

Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, ON) – Mad Tom IPA, Detour Session IPA

Le Naufrageur (Carleton-sur-mer, QC) – Raccoon, Corte-Real, Saint-Barnabe, Swordfish, Carrick, Penelope, Ale Amerindienne, Ale Amerindienne Double Blanche (Tanaisie), Ale Amerindienne Myrique Beaumier

Northampton Brewing Company/Picaroons (Fredericton, NB) – Maple Cream Ale, Yippee IPA, and four casks: Winter Warmer, Scotch Ale, a Brown Ale, and one TBA

PEI Brewing Company (Charlottetown, PEI) – Sir John A’s Honey Wheat, Sydney Street Stout, 1772 IPA, Island Red, Iron Bridge Brown, Beach Chair Lager, Blueberry Ale, and a TBD cask

Propeller Brewing (Halifax, NS) – Pale Ale, IPA, London Style Porter, Double IPA, RIS, Irish Red Ale

Pump House Brewery (Moncton, NB) – Biere de Garde, Premium Pilsner, IPA, Blueberry, 4 Alarm IPA (on cask)

Railcar Brewing (Florenceville-Bristol, NB) – Artisan Brown Ale, Cafe Buzz Coffee Porter

Red Rover Brewing (Fredericton, NB) – Spring Cider, Summer Cider, Fall Cider, TBA Seasonal

Shiretown Beer (Rover Charlo, NB) – Blonde du Quai, Big Brown Ale, Siren’s T’Ale, TBA Special-release

Sleeman Breweries Ltd (Guelph, ON) – Sleeman Cream Ale, Sleeman Silver Clear, Sleeman Honey Brown, Sleeman Original Draught, Unibroue Maudite, Okanagan Mild Winter Ale, Sapporo, Dos Equis Special Lager, Old Milwaukee

Sunset Heights Meadery (Fredericton, NB) – Queen’s Nectar, Denim (Blueberry), Tart’n (Cranberry), Naughtea (Iced Green Tea), Shipwreck (India Pale Mead), Meadmosa, Bee Mine, A Peel

Tatamagouche Brewing (Tatamagouche, NS) – North Shore Lagered Ale, Dreadnot India Black Ale

TrailWay Brewing (Fredericton, NB) – a new APA, Imperial IPA, and Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC) – Porter Baltique, Hopfenweisse, Maibock, Sticke Alt, Kellerbier, Pale Ale Americaine

Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC) – La Pitoune, Morsure, MacTavish in Memorium, Dubaï Pillée, Le Sang D’Encre, Saison du Tracteur

Windward Imports (Halifax, NS) – Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale, Shipyard Export Ale, Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

It’s always been a great time at the FCBF, and this year won’t disappoint! As the FCBF tagline states, “It’s all about the beer. Pure. Simple.” Both Shawn and Chris will be attending; we hope to see you there!

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This year’s Prince Edward Island Beer Festival, produced by the PEI Brewing Co., will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5th and 6th. We recently chatted with Alex Douglas, Director of Branding and Community Engagement with the PEI Brewing Co., to find out a few more details on the festival.

This is the first year that the festival will be held indoors, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. According to Douglas, this was a natural decision due to the unpredictability of weather and consequent protection from the elements. Also, the new ballroom where the festival will be held has a patio overlooking Peakes Quay, which should provide an enjoyable atmosphere for festival attendees.

There will be three tasting sessions over the weekend; two evening sessions, Friday and Saturday, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, and a slightly shorter afternoon session on Saturday from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. Evening tickets are $40 (+tax and fee), and the afternoon tickets are $30 (+tax and fee). Tickets are still available; they can be purchased online, or in-person at the PEI Brewing Co. There are also discounted hotel & ticket packages available through the Delta; call to inquire (1-877-450-7752). We’ve been assured that Designated Driver tickets will also become available soon, for $15 online.

What does your ticket get you?

• Unlimited beer samples

• Live entertainment at each session (featuring several local bands; check out the beer fest web page for details)

• Voting in the Cask Contest

• Access to several on-site games

In regards to the Cask Contest, attending breweries have been invited to create a cask beer for the festival; festival goers will have the chance to try all cask offerings and vote on their favorite of the festival. Participating breweries in the contest will include PEI Brewing Co., Garrison, Picaroons, and possibly more. As for the games, we don’t have full details as to what they will entail, but Douglas said to expect “some classic East Coast-style party games to be played”.

There will be food available for purchase from several vendors at the festival. No word as to which vendors will be participating yet, however, details should follow on the festival’s website and social media links soon.

As for the beer, the mostly-completed brewery and beer list has been released on the festival’s website. Atlantic Canadian breweries attending include PEI Brewing Co., Garrison, Picaroons, and Pump House. Like last year, there will be over 75 different beers pouring, so attendees should have plenty to choose from.

Starting tonight, we’ll be holding a contest to give away two tickets to the festival; any session, winner’s choice! It’s easy to enter… take a picture of any of the beers that will be at the festival, and Tweet it or share it to our Facebook page, with the hashtag #PEIBeerFest. Only one entry per person; the contest will begin immediately and continue until next Thursday, August 28th at 11:59 pm. That gives you a whole week, so don’t miss out on your chance to win!

And remember, stay tuned to the festival’s Facebook page and Twitter account for more updates on food, entertainment, and beer over the next couple of weeks!

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We’re only a few days away from this year’s Brewer’s Bash in Fredericton! Put on by Picaroons, the festival will be held this Saturday, July 12th from 11 am – 11 pm in downtown Fredericton at Officer’s Square. This is the second year for the outdoor event, and it promises to be at least as fantastic as last year! With about 60 breweries from across Canada present (about 1/3 of which are from Atlantic Canada), there will be over 300 beers pouring. With many of these beers typically not available in our region, the Bash offers a great excuse to get outside and enjoy a lot of new craft beer!

For entertainment, the outdoor festival will have a DJ spinning music throughout the day, and live tunes in the evening. Both Cyndi Cain and The Chronos Band will be performing; unfortunately, the also-scheduled Zeus has had to cancel due to medical issues. Luckily, Cyndi Cain and Chronos have agreed to extend their sets, so there’ll still be plenty of live music for your listening pleasure!

Ticket-holders can come and go as they please, but there will still be food options available at the festival. Milda’s will be serving up some wood-fired pizzas, and reLiSH will have several burgers available for purchase, including The Brewster, with lager onion chutney, cheddar cheese, and hickory sticks.

As for the beers and ciders that will be available, well, most breweries are keeping it a secret until the day of the festival. But, we’ve spoken with most of the brewers at the Atlantic Canadian breweries that are attending, and managed to get a sneak peek from many of them! Check out the list below:

• New Brunswick:

Acadie-Broue – Kiebitz coti (Berliner Weisse), Zirable (“pseudo-Lambic”, or American Sour… more on this beer here)

Big Axe – ShakesBeer Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Simon Saaz Summer Ale

Big Tide – Three Pages to the Wind (a “Whiskey Pale Ale”), Tidal Wave Double IPA

Brasseurs du Petit-Sault – Tante Blanche (Witbier)

Celtic Knot – Dubh Loki Black IPA, For Shore (Session IPA)

Grimross – Cheval D’Or, Ben’s Country Cousin, and a new, currently unnamed beer

Hammond River Brewing – Hop Flash IPA, Hawaiian Pale Ale

Picaroons – You’ll have to wait until the festival to find out, but it sounds like they have some new and interesting brews planned!

Pump House – Blueberry Ale, Premium Pilsner, IPA

Red Rover – Spring Brew, Summer Brew; also, look for a collaboration with Picaroons!

Unfortunately, Railcar Brewing will not be attending, as previously reported. Due to problems brought on by Hurricane Arthur, their recent batch of beer will not be ready in time. We look forward to trying their beer in the very near future!

Also unfortunately, Shiretown has been forced to pull out of the festival. Hopefully we see them at the next festival!

Newfoundland:

Quidi Vidi – TBA

Nova Scotia:

Big Spruce – Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout, You Spin Me White Round (White IPA)

Boxing Rock – Crafty Jack, Temptation Red, Hunky Dory Pale Ale, The Vicar’s Cross Double IPA (bronze medal winner at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards)

Garrison – Nut Brown, Nit Wit, Raspberry Wheat Ale, IPA, Tall Ship Amber; they will also be pouring Glutenberg American Pale Ale, Red and Blonde.

Hell Bay – English Ale, Wee Heavy

Propeller – IPA, Extra Special Better, Bohemian Style Pilsner, Revolution Russian Imperial Stout, Double IPA

Uncle Leo’s – Red, IPA, Smoked Porter

Prince Edward Island:

PEI Brewing Co. – Blueberry Ale, Landing Day Lager, Vic Park Pale Ale

Looks like plenty of great options, with lots of seasonals and one-offs joining regular-line-up beers! Like last year, the event sold out quickly (despite 500 more tickets being sold this year)… however, they announced this morning that they are holding another ticket giveaway contest later today. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for your chance to win! We hope to see you at the festival on Saturday!

Atlantic Beer Festi

The 9th Annual Atlantic Beer Festival, Atlantic Canada’s longest-running beer fest, will be held this year on Saturday, May 31st. Taking place at the Moncton Coliseum, there will be two sessions: one in the afternoon from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, and an evening session from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $49 each (tax included), and can be purchased directly at the Pump House Brewery or the Moncton Coliseum, and online at tickets.moncton.ca. Note that evening session tickets are sold out through the Coliseum, but a few more have been released and are available at the Pump House only.

For this year’s event, a limited number of 24 VIP tickets were made available through the Moncton Beer League, in conjunction with the festival. These $65 tickets, which are now sold out, include pre-fest snacks at the Pump House, followed by a limousine ride to the festival, where ticket-holders will be allowed to skip the line via a VIP entrance; a limo ride back to the Pump House after the fest is also included. All proceeds from these tickets will be donated to a local charity. As well, a team of volunteers from another local charity will be present to assist in pouring beer samples; a donation from the Atlantic Beer Festival will be made on their behalf.

Sponsored by the ANBL and City of Moncton, this year’s festival will offer their largest selection of beer yet, with over 160 beers from more than 35 breweries/importers. While the full brewery/beer list has not been released yet (look for that to be posted May 24th), we have confirmation on a few of the breweries that will be attending, including several from Quebec (Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Le Naufrageur, and returning favorite Le Trou du Diable, with a whopping 10 different beers!), Muskoka Brewery from Ontario, and, of course, some Atlantic Canadian breweries such as Pump House and The PEI Brewing Co. Attendees can also look forward to sampling 10-12 different brands from American breweries (such as Wachusett Brewing Company and Cisco Brewers, just to mention a couple), thanks to the participation of an importer from Massachusetts. That’s a lot of beer to sample that we can’t normally get in our area! Most breweries will have representatives on hand to answer questions about their beers.

In addition to all that beer, there will be several food options. Like last year, a BBQ/smoking station will be set up to provide pretzels, sausages, and pulled pork sandwiches for sale. As well, the St. James’ Gate will have a food booth at the festival. Water and Pepsi products will also be available for no extra charge. Live entertainment will be present throughout the festival; both Carey Beck and the 60 LPs will be performing at both the afternoon and evening sessions.

This year, the Atlantic Beer Festival and ANBL are providing free transportation in the form of buses after each session; patrons will be able to travel to various locations in the Greater Moncton Area. As they’ve made clear, this is more of a quality over quantity type of event, and they wish to ensure that safety is the number one priority for everyone involved.

The festival is approaching fast, so if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, don’t wait much longer! There’s still plenty of afternoon tickets available… keep in mind that at least one beer will be making an appearance solely at this session (no, we don’t know which one(s), yet!); with the slightly more-relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great option. We’ll be having a contest on Twitter and Facebook to give away 2 afternoon session tickets… tune in to our Friday Wrap-Up tomorrow for more details!

Update May 16: We’re giving away two tickets for the afternoon session (2:30 – 5:00 pm)! Hop on Twitter and send us a note that you’d like to win the tickets (something like: Hey @ACBeerBlogger! I want to win tickets to #ABF2014! http://wp.me/p23UN6-1gZ). One entry per person; we’ll randomly pick the winner before 11:59PM Thursday, May 22nd, and announce their name in next Friday’s post. Good luck!

Festival

Let the beer tasting begin!

Along with about 998 other people, acbbchris and acbbshawn were lucky enough to be in attendance at the 2nd Annual Fredericton Craft Beer Festival at the Fredericton Convention Centre last Saturday, March 8th. With a bigger venue, more ticket-holders, and more brewers and beers than last year, the event was an even bigger success this time around!

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To recap, there were 700 “regular” admission ticket-holders, who were allowed unlimited 2 oz samples of the beers available, from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. The 250 VIP ticket-holders were allowed entry an hour earlier, beginning at 6:30 pm. On top of this, there were also about 50 “Women’s VIP” tickets sold; ladies with these tickets had some beer education starting at 6 pm, and they also received a larger keepsake glass.

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With a combined 28 brewers and distributors at this year’s festival, there were approximately 150 beers pouring on Saturday night. There were lots of standout beers being served! Representing the Atlantic provinces were Bad Apple Brewhouse, Barnone Brewing, Big Spruce, Big Tide, Boxing Rock, Garrison Brewing, Grimross, Moosehead, North Brewing, PEI Brewing Co., Picaroons, Pump House, Red Rover, Shiretown, Sunset Heights Meadery, and Uncle Leo’s. That’s NINE more Atlantic Canada breweries than last year! Goes to show how much the beer world is changing in our region!

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As for food, there were free samples of Magzy’s Kettle Korn, salmon from Miramichi Smoked Salmon, and chili from Good Apple Culinary (using all local products, including Picaroons beer, beef from Yerxa’s Meats, and beans from VanDine’s in Red Bridge).

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All proceeds from the festival will be donated to Team Diabetes (who also had a booth at the fest, selling tickets for their Beer for a Year drawing… more details on that in last Friday’s post). Approximately $14,000 was raised for this well-deserving charity, along with an additional $1200 from the Beer for a Year ticket sales!

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Steve Dixon of Grimross Brewing

We had a great time at the festival, and were very impressed with the improving quality of beer brewed and available in our region. Stay tuned later in the week, when the crowd-selected Best of the Festival will be announced! Next year’s festival has already been determined to be on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

And don’t forget, there’s less than a month (April 5th) until the Saint John Beer Festival… tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait much longer to get yours! We’ll have more details on the SJBF soon.

Special thanks to Ahmed Dassouki for providing all of the pictures in this post. You can check out the full album of FCBF 2014 pictures at his Facebook page! Also, head to this link for a special news broadcast on the festival from CTV News.

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The second annual Fredericton Craft Beer Festival (FCBF) will be taking place on March 8th at the Fredericton Convention Centre downtown. With about 1000 tickets being sold, the event will see almost twice as many beer lovers as last year’s festival. I was able to sit down with Lloyd Chambers, organizer of the FCBF, to discuss what will be offered at this year’s event.

What brought on the change in venue this year [last year’s festival was held at the Delta Fredericton]?

With about 550 people attending last year’s festival, the Delta Fredericton’s space worked out perfect. This year, however, we’ll see almost twice that many, so we needed to move to something bigger. The Convention Centre was able to provide us with that space, and also has the advantage of being right downtown, close to other beer-friendly spots such as the King Street Ale House.

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Fredericton Convention Centre

Do you have any sponsors for this year’s festival?

Yes; major sponsors include the King Street Ale House, Massive Graphics, and The Pub Magazine (Atlantic Canada edition).

Tell me about the different ticket offerings you’ve been selling.

There’s about 700 “regular” admission tickets that JUST sold out yesterday. These $50 tickets include a custom tasting glass, and unlimited 2 oz samples of the beers at the festival from 7:30-10:00 pm.

We also sold 250 “VIP” tickets this year; for $60, you get entry into the festival an hour earlier. They were extremely popular when they went on sale in late November; they sold out in about 4 hours!

In recognition of March 8th also being International Women’s Day, we decided to partner with the Ladies Beer League in Halifax and offer “Women’s-only VIP” tickets. These 50 tickets (also sold out) were a great deal, giving ticket-holders 90-minute early entry into the festival, with a larger, custom tasting glass, “Beer 101” with Garrison Brewer Kellye Robertson and Pam Crouse (Co-Executive director of the LBL), samples from local “beerlebrities” Stephen Dixon of Grimross Brewing and Adam Clawson of Red Rover Brewing, and an extra beer sample from Quebec brewery Unibroue. Investors Group will make a donation on behalf of the FCBF to a local women’s charity.

Any options for Designated Drivers?

Yes, there are $15 tickets available, which include unlimited bottled water and soda (and the snacks below), including a Root Beer made by Garrison Brewing Co.

Are there any food options available during the festival?

There will be a few different food samples available, such as popcorn from Magzy’s Kettle Korn, and salmon from Miramichi Smoked Salmon; there may be one or two other options as well. I should also note that on Saturday, before the festival begins, The Lunar Rogue will be offering 15% off food when you show your FCBF ticket.

Are any hotels in the city offering discounted rates for the festival?

Yes, the Crowne Plaza Fredericton/Lord Beaverbrook is currently offering a festival rate of $109/night for both Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th. [note: the link for the discounted rate is here]

It looks like you’re expecting more breweries and beer for this year’s festival, compared to last year?

Absolutely. Last year we had 18 breweries and 91 beers; this year, we have a combination of 28 brewers and distributors, with about 150 different beers being poured. Specifically, we’ve got a larger showing from the Maritimes this year, including newer breweries such as Grimross Brewing, Red Rover Brewing, and Sunset Heights Meadery from New Brunswick; Bad Apple Brewhouse, Big Spruce, Boxing Rock, Bridge Brewing, and Uncle Leo’s from Nova Scotia, and Barnone Brewing from PEI. We’ve got a couple of non-Maritime breweries coming – Saskatchewan’s Bushwakker will be returning this year (including owner Bev Robertson), and Le Naufrageur from Quebec will be making their first appearance.

Will there be many brewers and/or representatives from each brewery to provide information about their beers, answer questions, etc.?

Luckily, just about every brewery (except one or two) will have brewers or brewery reps coming to the festival, pouring their beers and providing info. We’ll also have about 35-40 volunteers helping out.

Before we get to the most important information – the brewers/beer list – anything else you’d like to add?

Just that we’re really happy to be able to build on the success of last year’s festival by opening the event to even more people, and bringing even more beers than before. As our tagline says, “It’s all about the beer. Pure. Simple.”

The following is a list of the breweries and distributors that will be attending the festival, along with the products they have indicated that they are bringing. Keep in mind these products are subject to change, and some have not been announced yet. We will continue to update this list as we find out more information:

Atlantic Spirits &Wines (Dartmouth, NS) – Somersby Cider, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg 1664, Mill Street Organic, Lake of Bays Brewing Old North Mocha Porter

Bad Apple Brewhouse (Berwick, NS) – Barrel-Aged Black and Tackle RIS, Double IPA

Barnone Brewing (Rose Valley, PEI) – IPA, Pale Ale, Summer Sessions

Big Spruce Brewing (Nyanza, NS) – Bitter Get’er India Black IPA, Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout

Big Tide Brewing Company (Saint John, NB) – Simms Pale Ale, Whistlepig Stout

Boxing Rock Brewing (Shelburne, NS) – Temptation Red Ale, Hunky Dory Pale Ale, The Vicar’s Cross Double IPA

Bruce Ashley Group (Markham, ON) – Faxe Premium, Chechvar Bitburger, Tiger Beer, Belhaven Best, Greene King Abbot Ale, Wells Banana Bread Beer, Duchy Original Organic Ale, Bitburger Wernesgruner Pils, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Central City Red Racer IPA

Bushwakker Brewing Company (Regina, SK) – Missiletow Ale, Stubblejumper Pilsner, Palliser Porter

Churchill Cellars (Toronto, ON) – Bavaria 8.6 (Original), Bavaria 8.6 Red

Creemore Springs Brewery (Creemore, ON) – Creemore Springs Premium Lager, Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner, Mad & Noisy Hops & Bolts, Granville Island English Bay Pale Ale

Fuller’s Brewery (Chiswick, London, UK) – ESB, London Porter, London Pride, Organic Honey Dew

Garrison Brewing Co. (Halifax, NS) – Hop Yard, Nut Brown, Irish Red, Raspberry Wheat, Imperial IPA, Martello Stout, Glutenberg American Pale Ale, Glutenberg Blonde

Grimross Brewing Company (Fredericton, NB) – Cheval D’Or, Ben’s Bitter Pale Ale, Belgian Rye IPA

Innis and Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Lager, Original Oak Aged Beer, Toasted Oak IPA, Melville’s Ginger Beer

McAuslan Brewery (Montreal, QC) – St. Ambroise Pale Ale, St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat

McClelland Premium Imports (Mississauga, ON) – Erdinger Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, Affligem Blond, Fruli Strawberry, Stiegl Lager, Stiegl Radler, Mort Subite Kriek, Mongozo Premium Pilsner, Palm Speciale, Delirium Tremens

Molson Coors (Toronto, ON) – Rickard’s Red, Rickard’s White, Rickard’s Blonde, Rickard’s Dark

Moosehead (Saint John, NB) – Moosehead Boundary Ale, Moosehead Cask, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Latitude 48, Sam Adams Cold Snap, Hop City Barking Squirrel, Hop City Big Mouth Pale Ale, Magners Irish Cider, Magners Irish Pear Cider, Blackthorn Cider

Le Naufrageur (Carleton-sur-mer, QC) – Leonne, La Malauze, Colborne, Corte-Real, Saint-Barnabe, Swordfish, Carrick, Penelope, Ale Amerindienne, Ale Amerindienne Double Blanche (Tanaisie)

North Brewing Company (formerly Bridge Brewing, Halifax, NS) – Belgian IPA, Saison, Strong Dark Belgian

Northampton Brewing Company/Picaroons (Fredericton, NB) – Maple Cream Ale, A Parcel of Rogues, Ember Ale, Afterglow Aphrodisiac Ale, Best Bitter, Dark & Stormy Night, Man’s Best Friend

PEI Brewing Company (Charlottetown, PEI) – Sir John A’s Honey Wheat, Sydney Street Stout, 1772 IPA, Island Red, Iron Bridge Brown, Beach Chair Lager, Blueberry Ale, and a TBD cask

Pump House Brewery (Moncton, NB) – Fire Chief’s Red Ale, Scotch Ale, S.O.B., Cadian Cream Ale, Premium Lager

Red Rover Brewing (Fredericton, NB) – Spring Cider, Summer Cider, Fall Cider

Shiretown Beer (Rover Charlo, NB) – Blonde du Quai, Big Brown Ale, Siren’s T’Ale

Sleeman Breweries Ltd (Guelph, ON) – Sleeman Cream Ale, Sleeman Silver Creek Lager, Unibroue Maudite, Unibroue Ephemere Pomme, Okanagan Mild Winter Ale

Sunset Heights Meadery (Fredericton, NB) – Queen’s Nectar Sparkling Mead, Pollen Angels (four flavors: Blueberry-Apple, Raspberry-Kiwi, Iced Tea, and likely Cranberry-Maple)

Uncle Leo’s Brewery (Lyons Brook, NS) – Red, IPA, Smoked Porter

Windward Imports (Halifax, NS) – Grolsch Lager, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale, Shipyard Export Ale, Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

For those of you lucky enough to have tickets, you’re in for a great time! We’ll be there representing the ACBB. Stay tuned over the next few weeks leading up to the festival – we’ll be holding a contest to win two VIP tickets. Look for that sometime during the first week of March.