Happy Long Weekend to most of you, though some of you already enjoyed Regatta Day Wednesday, and it looks like most PEI folks are outta luck (sorry!). However you’re spending this weekend, we’ve got plenty of new beers to quench your thirst, including some releases for this week’s IPA Day!
Halifax’s Propeller celebrated IPA Day in a big way, with the release of Southbound, a collaboration with Yakima Chief Hops. This beer features a trio of New Zealand-grown hops, namely Cryo Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Riwaka. We know the homebrewers in the audience as salivating right now! For those who need a reminder, that “Cryo” moniker means the hops are processed at extremely low temperature to concentrate the aromatic and bittering qualities of the hops, allowing brewers to maximize the flavour and effects of the hops in lower hop mass and volume (therefore less beer loss). Putting all of that science and art together in the glass (and can), think gooseberries, white wine, lime, and passion fruit. 7.0% and 70 IBU, drop by any of Propeller’s four locations (Gottingen, Windmill, Quinpool, and Bedford) for a taste!
Moncton’s O’Creek Brewing got in on the #IPADay fun by releasing cans of their newest IPA, Mindless. This 6.8% hazy New England IPA is chock full of tropical hops, and uses a yeast to further enhance those flavours. Also new on draught and in cans is Sour Peaches with a Change of Mangoes. As you can imagine, this is a Fruited Sour with plenty of peach and mango in the tin, and at just 4.0%, definitely perfect for enjoying on the beach or patio! And finally is the latest in their line of lagers, The Bend. This German Pilsner is crisp and clean, and flirts with the low end of the style alcohol-wise, at just 4.5% ABV. Cans and draught of all three, plus their Citra in a Galaxy NEIPA and LimeMower Lime Lage, are available at their Barker location now!
North Brewing is settling in nicely into their new Timberlea location and they’re taking that to heart with a new release. Trails to Ales is a community donation beer as a fundraiser for the BLT (Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea) Rails to Trails repair after the flooding and extreme rainfall a few weeks ago. 50 cents from each can sale will go towards the trail association. The beer itself was brewing with help of Kevin Dunbard, who is a local homebrewer. The 5% Pale Ale is brewed with English Golden Promise malt and a big punch of American hops to bring fruit and citrus flavours. Bringing it all together is a blend of Norwegian and American yeasts that rounds the beer into a balanced, aromatic 5% brew. Also this weekend, the Timberlea kitchen at North Brewing will be featuring a BLT sandwich special. Grab this one in cans from all North locations and online.
As a follow-up to last week’s launch of Screaming at the Trølls by Flying Boats and Acadie-Broue, they have since released the second beer from that same brewday. As a reminder, the brew crew filled a hollowed out spruce log with alder, spruce, and pine boughs to create a traditional mash tun, known as a kuurna. After creating the mash of barley and water, they rinsed the grains with hot water to extract even more sugar, and the second runnings of this are what have been released earlier this week. Liten Fyr Stokk Øl “Little Man Log beer”, is just 3.0% ABV. Categorized as a Spissøl, this lower gravity beer pushes the malt to the background, and allows the floral, grass, hay, and touch of pine to shine through, along with a refreshing lemony character. Both beers are on tap now at Flying Boats’ Dieppe taproom.
Nyanza’s Organic Brewery, Big Spruce, has brought back a winner this week, with the return of Heffalump Hefeweizen. Created and brewed with Ian Wheatly, the 2018 winner of their Home Brew Challenge, this 5.2% German Wheat style is light and fruity, with big notes of banana thanks to the iconic yeast used in the brew. Fluffy and full of flavour, you can find the beer on draught and in cans at the brewery, and hitting beer gardens around the province any minute now!
Boomstick Brewing on Newfoundland’s West Coast has a new beer in their shop this week, continuing their Lager School Series. Mexican Lager is a 4.0% crisp and bright beer, featuring flaked corn in the mash to help keep the mouthfeel light. Goes down smooth, and adding a lime is optional! On draught now, cans will be heading across the island in the coming days.
Breton Brewing is embracing the heat with their latest offering, Black Raspberry Wheat. At 5.5% ABV, it’s refreshing and thirst-quenching, with a great addition of the eponymous fruit showcased on the light base beer. In cans and on tap at the brewery on Keltic Drive now, you can also order it for delivery in the CBRM as well as HRM. Enjoy!
Sticking with the fruited beers, Moncton’s Tire Shack has a new one on offer this week. Lychee Lager is an easy-drinking 4.5% ABV, but is jam-packed with lychee fruit, imparting notes of strawberry, pear, citrus, and even some hints of floral roses. The sweetness balances the crisp nature of the lager, but still in a refined manner. Cans, draught, they’ve got it all on John Street! Plus you can scope out the big changes that are happening in the adjoining space, allowing them to extend the brewery and taproom/event space in a big way!
Happy belated to Happy Brewing on Main Street Moncton, who celebrated with a legit petting zoo last week! Following that up, they’ve released Karma, a fruited wheat beer bursting with peach and mango character. 4.3% ABV, check it out on tap today!
And in “coming soon” news, those in Lower Sackville will soon have a second brewery to call their own, as Sack Vegas Brewing has teased they are looking to open in the Fall. Lips are sealed tightly for now, but follow along at their Insta page, and here, as we learn more and get you up to speed!
Onto some events around the region:
Newfoundland is taking over the taps in two provinces this weekend! First off, Banished Brewing has a few kegs on tap at Charlottetown’s Hopyard Beer Bar, with four beers a-pouring now. And those in Halifax should visit the Stillwell Beergarden Saturday and/or Sunday, as there will be a full takeover from Banished as well as Bannerman Brewing, with ten of the finest the Avalon has to offer on draught, with another dozen cans and bottles from Banished and their pals at Mauzy Cider. Plus bologna sandwiches! Full details here.