Happy Thursday y’all! We hope you’ve had a great week, and will be able to enjoy a long weekend. For those in the service industry/front line workers, we wish you a not-too-busy yet bountiful weekend. As always, be sure to check the Social Media for the breweries, taprooms, private shops you will be visiting this weekend, just to check that they are open. Enjoy!
Good Robot is leveraging their new facilities in Elmsdale to keep the new releases coming for Nova Scotia Craft Beer Month. Released last weekend was Raspberry Radler, a 4.0% pale beer chock-full of raspberry juice, a bit of a twist on the historic radlers made with lemon or grapefruit. Available now at their retail shops in Halifax (Robie Street) and Elmsdale, and coming to the NSLC. And debuting tomorrow is the first in their Tropical Storm series. This quartet of IPAs, all showcase tropical citrus and stone fruit flavours, across the ABV spectrum. Coming tomorrow is Tropical Storm Category 4. As the name implies, this is just 4.0% ABV, and features hops that lend a ripe citrus, guava, peach, and grape character, all in a tidy package. Available in cans and on tap Friday, look for three more Tropical Storm releases this month!
Port Rexton Brewing is having a full weekend of celebrations, with new beers, live music, and a pizza pop-up in their taproom. Let’s get you up to speed… As they have done since 2018, the Port Rexton crew invited the breweries who have opened over the past 12 months to join them in releasing a celebration of the New Wave of beer, with Next Generation. Next Generation 2023 is a collaboration with Banished Brewing who opened their doors in June 2022. Flexing their funky muscles, this is a Brett IPA, with plenty of citrus and floral notes from both the yeast and hops chosen in the brew. Medium bitterness, a dry finish, and 6.0% ABV. Cans and draught at both their taproom and St. John’s Retail Shop, as well as at Bar Brewdock and the Banished taproom (more on that in a second).
An exclusive for the Port Rexton taproom is a pair of Extra Special Bitters that are pouring right now. Why two ESBs, you ask? Well, one is Gluten Free! Yup! Always expanding their line of GF beers, having the same base recipe is a great way to check them out. PRBC is running a discount where you can try a 12 oz pour of both ESBs for one low price! (Or both the GF Bitter and the GF Porter on Nitro, if you are avoiding gluten altogether) And for those concerned, despite the name, these English-originating beers are not overly bitter, balancing malt and hops well. And if you time your visit to the taproom properly, you can enjoy a pop-up by Prohibition Pizza from 2 PM, and live music from Colin Harris from 7 PM.
Speaking of Banished Brewing, in addition to their retail and merchandise storefront, they have opened their Taproom this week! Open Wed and Thurs: 3 – 11 PM, Fri and Sat: 12 PM – 12 AM, and Sun: 11 AM – 7 PM. You can now grab a pint or flight of their offerings, fill a growler, and watch as the Brewing Team (aka Duncan) makes the magic happen! No kitchen onsite, but the head cheese tells us that food ordered in, or brought with you, is totally OK. Normal hours for this holiday weekend, so you can fill up before, and again after, family dinner!
Up in the Gut, Quidi Vidi has a new sour out with Peach Pineapple Ice Cream Sofa. Expect tons of tropical fruit flavour from additions of peach and pineapple, and some sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel (giving vanilla ice cream vibes) from a lactose addition. You can find it now at the Hops Shop at the brewery and in Quidi Vidi’s online store. It will see wider distribution at NLC and other convenience stores soon.
Our final Newfoundland release of the week comes from Bannerman, who have a new blonde ale on the go. Minor Detail is a 4.5% ABV take on the style that starts with a grain bill of Pilsner and wheat malt. It then saw a dry-hop with a blend of German hops, before a final conditioning on green team, leading to notes of citrus and fresh herbs. Drop by the brewery on Duckworth Street to try Minor Detail now.
In cider news this week, Lake City has a brand new thang on the go that’s not quite a cider and not quite a wine. Riesling Sparkling Cider is a 9% ABV “vinous cider” where cider and wine were blended post-fermentation to produce a product with elements of both. It features floral aromas and citrus notes and a subtle green hue. Find it at the cidery where this weekend they’re also doing a special on flats: 20% off at $100 for 24 cans. Note that this is a pre-mixed flat containing 4 x Field of Dreams, 4 x Cranberry, 4 x Darkside Rose, 4 x Crisp Apple, 4 x Vanilla, and 4 x Darkside Dry. Free local delivery and Canada-wide shipping on this deal, too!
Halifax’s Propeller has a new twist on a previous beer this week with the release of Arcane X dry hopped sour. Like its older sibling, Arcane dry hopped sour, it’s a kettle soured beer where “hoppy and sour collide” in a tart and juicy beer. This time, however, it’s been hit with a “new and elusive” hop combination that should bring big notes of tropical fruit, peaches, and orange citrus. Find this 4.8% ABV thirst quencher at Prop shops, non-Bishop’s private stores in Halifax, and for online delivery. Also note that Propeller is open regular hours all weekend long for your beer-buying needs!
Around the corner, you’ll find 2 Crows Brewing on Brunswick Street. They have a pair of small batch beers to highlight this week. The first is Peel Out, a Weissbier (aka Hefeweizen), the original German wheat beer, brewed with an iconic yeast that is very banana-forward, with a hint of clove. Dreamed up by new-to-2C’s-Brew-Crew Everett, the mash went through a triple decoction to bring out melanoidin and caramel notes, with the wheat and yeast keeping the body crisp yet a hazy golden colour. As this was brewed on their pilot system, this 5.3% beaut is on tap only, and may not make it to the end of the weekend!
And coming next Friday, April 14, is a fun beer that was initiated and brewed by the Front-Of-House crew Emily, Emily, Tessa, and Max back in early March. Gorgeous Gorgeous Beer is a lemon and lime Hopfenweisse, a hoppy and zesty take on a German Wheat. Using Citra and Motueka hops, and fresh lemon and lime juice and zest after the fact. As the bartenders had kicked the brewers out of the shop for the day, it’s only fair that they take over the serving, so 6 – 8 PM on the 14th, Jeremy and Miles will be slinging pints of GGB for all of you. Be sure to pop down to check out the fun!
A reminder that Big Spruce has taken over the taps at Battery Park today, with more than a dozen new beers on the go all day and night! Free cake for those there this evening at 7 PM. Check last week’s post for more info on what is pouring!
Next Thursday, April 13, Bar Stillwell is hosting the fine folks from Poincaré Chinatown, a good beer, wine, and food restaurant in Montreal. As they’ve done previously for fellow beer bar pals visiting from away, they’ve asked them to curate the tap and bottle list for the day. From 4 PM, look for taps from Ayawan, L’Apothicaire, Les Grand Bois, Mellon, Messorem, and Silo. If most of those are new to you (too), then you’ll definitely want to pop down!
A few quick hits and job posting to close out today’s post. Happy Easter, y’all!
Lunns Mill Beer is embracing Nova Scotia Craft Beer Month with free delivery to the HRM, and Annapolis and Kings Counties for all of April. Just be sure to submit your order before 10 PM Wednesday to receive your beer that week. Hopefully more breweries will keep up the NSCBM celebrations!
Fridays usually mean the release of one of your favourite IPAs or DIPAs at Unfiltered, but this week they are delving back into the German styles with a new batch of Hellevator. This 7% ABV Helles Bock, showcasing German malts and noble hops, is available now in cans and on-tap next door at Charm School.
Capping off the week is a new version of Upstreet’s Neon Friday. This 6.5% ABV New England IPA is full of lovely tropical, citrus, and pine, thanks to the generous additions of Citra, Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Strata hops. Available now at their taproom as well as Craft Beer Corner in downtown Charlottetown, it may be hitting the shelves and taps elsewhere before too long. And good news, normal hours of operation at both of their spots all holiday weekend long!
If you’re in the Charlottetown region and are interested in a beer-adjacent career change, drop by Hopyard’s downtown location this Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with resume in hand. Team members will be onsite to talk about opportunities to join their team.