All posts for the month May, 2013

• This Saturday, May 18th, Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. will be celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 96 Kensington Road in Charlottetown. The event will feature live music all day, free hot dogs and sausages, “Beer 101” with Mike Ross, and more. Brewery specials will include 1/2-priced brewery tours from 12:00 – 5:00, as well as special prices on cask beers. Afterwards, there will be a Hoss’s House of Beer event, with more live music, food and beer. Admission for the evening festivities will be 19+; tickets are 10$ and can be purchased at PEI Brewing Co. and Back Alley Music.

• The Canadian Brewing Awards held last week in Victoria, B.C. were a great success as usual, with several Atlantic Canadian breweries taking home awards. And in further good news for Atlantic Canadian beer fans, it was announced at the event that next year, the awards ceremony will take place in Fredericton! We’re looking forward to reporting on this over the next year, and anxious to see what else we can expect to see as a result (maybe another collaboration beer?).

• For those of you who can’t wait until June to have your first Grimross Brewing beer, there’s a way for you to get it sooner, AND support a good cause! On Friday, May 24th, “Love Your Balls” will be held at the iRock in Fredericton. Tickets are $20 and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, a Grimross beer (while supplies last),  and music; the event will run from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The Grimross beer should be either a Belgian Rye IPA or a 100% Brettanomyces beer. Proceeds will support Relay For Life and testicular cancer research; tickets can be purchased here.

• New Brunswick craft beer fans should be seeing two new Picaroons beers available in bottles over the coming weeks. Plaid to the Bone is a “Heather Ale” of ~4.5% ABV; this golden-colored beer brewed with heather was launched last night at a party at the Boyce Farmers Market. The other beer is 104th Regiment, an English Brown Ale that has been available on tap for the past couple of months in Fredericton at various bars. A sessionable beer at ~4.2%, it was originally brewed in February of this year in commemoration of New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot, from the War of 1812. Check your local ANBL stores over the next few weeks for availability!

• Tickets are now on sale, and the list of brewers and beers is now available for the 2013 NLC Beer Expo, being held at the St John’s Convention Centre, June 14&15. It features many beers not previously available in Newfoundland, some of which will be available at the NLC after the event. The $75 price tag includes a $10 taxi voucher to help get you home safe.

• The latest beer offering from the Beerthief Newfoundland Artisanal Beer Club is closing this weekend. It features five solid beers from Belgium, none of which have been available in Newfoundland (and most of the East Coast!) before. Saison Dupont, De Koninck, Houblon Chouffe, Duvel and Liefmans Goudenband are all on offer, and will be delivered to your local NLC in August. Mike and Tom are working overtime to bring great beer to Newfoundland, great work gentlemen! You can subscribe here.

• Big Spruce has brewed up their first seasonal. Details are sketchy, but we know it is a Red Ale that will be released around the end of the month. Their two regular offerings are now available at Maxwell’s Plum in Halifax.

That’s all the news for now. Enjoy your Victoria Day, and we’ll see you out on a patio some day soon. Cheers!


Tonight, at the Boyce Farmers Market in Fredericton, Picaroons will be hosting a launch party for their “Heather Ale”, Plaid to the Bone. Originally brewed in 2012 for the New Brunswick Highland Games, Plaid to the Bone was named in a contest that Picaroons held on Facebook. A golden-colored beer brewed with heather, a flowering plant that grows abundantly in Scotland, Plaid to the Bone clocks in at a sessionable ~4.5% ABV.

There will be three bands playing live music at the event: THE MAHONES, Sprag Session, and Ten Strings and a Goat Skin. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.; early arrivals will have access to some local food provided by Real Food Connections. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the door.

Aside from the great music and grub, Plaid to the Bone will be available on tap, as well as Picaroons’ Dooryard, Best Bitter, and Irish Red.

All proceeds will go to The Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band.


In last week’s Friday Wrap-Up, we had a brief post about another upcoming beer festival in Fredericton – the “Brewer’s Bash“, hosted by Picaroons, will feature 60 Canadian breweries and 300 beers on Saturday, July 13th. The event will run from 11:00 am – 11: 00 pm in Officer’s Square; tickets went on sale today for $25. If this wasn’t enough to convince you to attend the event, we now have some more information to share, thanks to Dennis Goodwin, Marketing Director for Picaroons.

The $25 will get you a bracelet that allows admission and re-entry into the festival all day. There will be lots of food options IN the festival, if you choose not to leave. The ticket price includes a 4-oz tasting glass and 6-8 drink tickets that are good for one pour each. After that, you are welcome to buy as many additional drink tickets as you’d like to sample more beers… these will run in the “one-dollar range”. They also plan to have some live bands playing towards the end of the festival.

Some of the confirmed breweries (along with Picaroons, of course) include:

Some great breweries, there… and that’s just a few of them! We’ll release further details and a complete brewery list when they become available. Also, be sure to follow the Brewer’s Bash on Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile, you can buy your tickets NOW online or at The Cedar Tree Cafe in Fredericton.