All posts for the month January, 2012

As per its official website, the Seventh Annual Atlantic Beer Festival will take place at the Moncton Coliseum on May 26th.  The event has grown substantially over the years, starting as a small event at Global Festival Place in 2006 with 32 breweries and 78 beers.  The event moved to the Moncton Coliseum for 2007 and has remained there every year since.  In 2011 there was a total of 56 breweries featuring 130 different beers.

There will be two separate sessions to enjoy the beers, one from 2:30 to 5:00 and a night session from 7:30 to 10:00.  Tickets will go on sale in early April and will be available at the Coliseum Box Office, the Pump House Brewery, the Barn Yard BBQ and Greater Moncton Sobey’s stores or online at  Ticket prices are not currently available on the website.   Free bus services will be available after each session (the bus ride is a definitely a fun part of the experience).

In 2011 Atlantic attendees included Picaroons, Garrison Brewing Company, Big Tide, Moosehead Breweries, Gahan House, and Pump House Brewery.  There was also a nice selection of Maine, Quebec, Alberta and Ontario craft breweries in addition to well know international beers.

I will post more information as it is available.

Yes, this is a beer blog about Atlantic Canada but every once in a while I plan on writing an entry about things going on outside of our region.  Also, I do have some critical Atlantic Canadian content at the end of the post.

The second annual Winter Warmer Montreal will take place February 23rd, 24th and 25th.  The event will feature thirty two craft breweries offering a variety of beers including Barley Wine, Scotch Ale, Baltic Porter, Imperial Porter, Imperial Black IPA, Cherry Imperial Stout, Double IPA, Christmas Beer, Honey Imperial Stout, Weizenbock and others to be announced.  A gourmet menu with items such as smoked salmon mousse in dill cream, cherry and Imperial Stout cupcakes, an assortment of Quebec cheese and other items will be offered to match with the beers.  The event will take place at the Théâtre Plaza with tickets going for $95 each plus taxes.

Anyone of thinking of combining a trip with a Canadiens game will be disappointed to hear they are out of town on these dates.

Now for the Atlantic Canadian content:  who’s going to organize something similar out this way?

Check out this video interview with Kevin Keefe from the Granite Brewery from True Canadian Beers to find out:

  • About the movement and expansion of the brewery over the years.
  • How long ago he opened up a gastropub.
  • What’s unique about Granite Brewery beer.
  • Who he sees as his majors competitors.