The following is a press release that has just been added to the Garrison Brewing website regarding the 2013 Brew-Off Challenge:

HALIFAX, N.S. – Dec. 11, 2012 – Once again this winter, Garrison will host the Home Brew-off Challenge, a contest designed to showcase the talents of Maritime homebrewers. This is Garrison’s 5th annual Brew-Off contest in conjunction with urban winery Noble Grape. It’s the only annual Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) event in the Maritimes.

This year’s style to brew is a Belgian Blonde Ale: moderate strength golden ale with subtle Belgian complexity, slightly sweet flavour, and dry finish.

The winning entry in 2012 was submitted by Lunenberg native Kellye Robertson. Her winning brew, Citra and the Rye, a bold and hoppy take on a medium-bodied ale brewed with rye malt, will be released at the gala in March 2013 and be available for purchase at the brewery and select private stores. For updates, visit www.garrisonbrewing.com.


There is additional information on this info sheet.  Here is a link to the Registration & Brew Sheet.

If you’re looking to get into homebrewing, check out this great post about beginner tips for homebrewing.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Meek Brewing website and are the least bit curious about starting homebrewing or getting some new recipes you should head over.

Here’s a link to a Q & A I did about the blog back in March.

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!