Happy Friday, y’all! A bit of a late release to the blog today, you’ll have to excuse us as we are traveling across the East Coast this week and next, sipping and savouring what the breweries in the region have to offer. We’ve got plenty of new releases and events to let you know about, let’s get you up to speed. As always, feel free to tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to share what you’re enjoying this evening! We’re @ACBeerBlog on all of them. Cheers!
We’ll start this week in the East End of St. John’s, NL, where Bannerman has a new summer beer on the go. Curb Appeal, a dry-hopped and fruited sour, saw four different types of oranges added (kumquat, tangerine, blood orange, and standard orange) before it received a dose of Eclipse hops and was then conditioned on orange peel. Sounds like they may have been going for some citrus notes? The only way to be sure is to grab some of this dry and highly-carbonated brew on tap, as this one isn’t going in cans (but you can grab a growler fill if you need it to go).
In Fredericton, NB’s harbingers of hoppery, Trailway Brewing, have a returning engagement this week in the form of Inception, one of their double-dry hopped IPAs, this time hopped with Motueka, Topaz, and El Dorado. Coming in at 6%, it sees thick and sweet malt meeting a juicy burst of ripe tropical fruit and citrus from the hops, for a full-bodied mouthfeel with minimal bitterness. Available now on tap and in cans to go at TW’s Freddie and Saint John locations.
Back to the Rock, where Port Rexton Brewing has brewed up a special batch of their Golden Ale that they’re calling Bonavista Biennale after the event of the same name. An “innovative, rural-based, public art event occurring every two years on the Bonavista Peninsula, it provides a unique platform for artists and audiences to explore, exchange and challenge different ideas and perspectives.” With over 20 unique sites over a 165km route, running from August 19th to September 17th, it brings new meaning to the term, “exploring art.” You can find out more at the Bonavista Biennale website. Meanwhile, PR’s beer would be the perfect tipple to celebrate and rehydrate after a day’s art appreciation. You can find it in cans and on tap at the taproom, to go from the PR SJ retail shop, and many of your other craft beer sources in the area next week.
From one island to another, we find ourselves in Nyanza, Cape Breton, where Big Spruce continues to put out new beers despite the busy summer season. You Gotta Keller with Kindness is a kellerbier, a perfect offering for this time of year when tank space is at a premium and lagers take “too long.” Make no mistake this is a beer brewed as a lager, with caramel-infused maltiness and delicate hop bitterness, but if you pour it into a glass you might notice it’s not crystal clear and there’s definitely still some tooth to the body. “Kellerbier,” as we’ve probably mentioned at least once, translates to “cellar beer” as in, “we brought this up from the cellar; it’s not quite ‘done’ yet, but it still tastes great!” A classic style from Europe brought to your glass in the New World. Find it at the brewery in cans to go, their online shop, and likely at many of the other places you go to get your BS fix.
Continuing in Cape Breton, and on the lager tip, we find Breton Brewing in Sydney, who have brought back their lightest and crispest summer offering, Breton Light Lager. At only 4% ABV, and incredibly light and drinkable, you can plan on crushing a couple, a few, or a bunch after a hard day mowing lawns, out on the trails, or playing softball. Or maybe just grab one of their convenient 6-packs of 355ml cans and hit the hammock for the afternoon. Available at the taproom and also online for home delivery in the CBRM and HRM. It’s a limited release, so grab it now if you want some!
Back to NFLD as there seems to be a lot of new up there this week. This time it’s Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co. bringing up a new entry in the Summer of Sours. Radler-inspired, Strawberry Lemonade Sour tips the scales at a measly 3.5% ABV, but delivers on flavor and refreshment. A big effort from the brewing and packaging teams to ensure that the strawberry and lemonade infusion both tasted right and was packaged properly, your job is simply to grab some from your local craft beer purveyor (exclusively in Marie’s Mini Marts in the St. John’s Metro Region) and enjoy the fruits (and lemonade) of their labours.
On the South Shore of Nova Scotia we find Tusket Falls Brewing continuing to iterate on their Next Phaze hazy IPA in an effort to learn more about the style. This time around they almost completely nixed the Phantasm powder, focused on Citra in the whirlpool, and used a little more Citra along with tonnes of New Zealand hop varieties Riwaka and Motueka for the dry hop, at very high rates. We have no doubt that in doing so they’ve produced another hazy and juicy hop monster ready to satisfy your lupulin cravings. We expect you can find this one in both Tusket as well as the TF Beer Project in Halifax.
Lunenburg’s Shipwright Brewing has a fresh batch of their Whitecap Belgian Witbier on this week. Featuring loads of wheat to complement the pale pilsner malt, the beer saw generous additions of coriander, both sweet and bitter orange peels, as well as grains of paradise in the boil. A bit of Hallertau and Loral hops were used to balance the beer and enhance the flavours. Using a proper Belgian yeast sets the aroma and taste firmly in the classic style, with spicy, floral, and citrus notes flowing out of this fluffy and refreshing 5.0% ABV beer. Available on draught and in crowlers to go at both of their locations on Montague Street!
A couple of events happening over the coming weeks that you’ll want to keep on your radar…
Since opening their doors a few weeks back, staff at the Propeller Bedford location have been perfecting the space, adding in some Prop touches, and service folks both in the taproom as well as their Drive Thru retail shop. They are ready now for the full Grand Opening, which is happening Sunday, August 20th. From 1 – 5 PM, they are making it a full family affair, with cornhole and other games, face painting, balloon animals, as well as pop-ups from The Kon Dog and Vandever Pizza to keep tummies young and old satisfied. They’ll even be bringing in a few arcade games from the Propeller Arcade location to keep your Street Fighter skills honed! And just in case you missed it, the Bedford location is open from noon ’til 10 PM (later on Fri & Sat), and while their own kitchen partner is not yet operational, food can be brought in to enjoy. And while you’re there you’ll be able to grab their Galaxy IPA in the new small can twelve-pack, when you’re looking for just a small bit of hops to keep you satisfied during the week. Of course, tall can four-packs and singles will continue to be available.
A head’s up that there’s only a week until the Newfoundland Craft Beer Festival, being held at Banished Brewing next Saturday, August 26th. You’ll be able to enjoy beer and cider from thirteen producers from Newfoundland and Labrador, all in one evening! Tickets are still available here, check the updated beer list at the link above, and if you’re looking for information on safe transportation to/from Paradise, then check out this IG post.