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The Atlantic Beer Festival is taking place at the Moncton Coliseum this Saturday. There are two sessions: 2:30-5pm, and 7:30-10pm. Tickets are available at the Coliseum Box Office, The Pump House Brewery or BarnYard BBQ, and online at The evening session is sold out, however there are lots of tickets still available for the afternoon session. The Beer Fest is partnering with the SPCA and United Way.

Exact details on the beers and breweries are not published online (check the Times & Transcript on Thursday for a full list), but I give you some highlights from the organizers and brewers I’ve contacted.

– Fresh off a CBA medal earlier this month, Acadie-Broue will be there with their Gaboteuse Belgian IPA. However, it will only be at the Afternoon Session, that’s worth buying a ticket for the session alone!

Shiretown from Charlo, NB will be there, pouring their Blonde du Quai, Big Brown Ale and a one off RodDog’s Amber Ale. Also only there for the afternoon session, I see a trend!

Le Troue du Diable from Shawinagan, QC will be returning, with a pair of beers, that are always hits with the craft beer fans.

– Local (and almost local) breweries Pump House, Picaroons, Big Tide, Garrison and Propeller will also be there, with some special casks and one-off beers that will not be available anywhere else.

– There will be a Maine pavillion, showcasing a over dozen beer that are not available at the ANBL.

We will post the final beer list as soon as it’s available. We expect to see over 140 beers, 30% of which are new offerings not usually available in NB. Some will be launched at the Fest, so this will be your first chance to try them.

In addition to the beer, there will be food vendors (pretzels!), with a BBQ/Smoking station set up with pulled pork and sausages. There will be music by Carey Beck and the 60 LPs. Free shuttle buses leave from the Coliseum to various spots around the city (Downtown, Riverview, etc), so be sure to take advantage and don’t drink and drive!

There is a VIP option at each of the sessions: you will start at the Pump House Brewpub, and meet your guide for the session, Mirella Amato. She is the only Master Cicerone[TM] in Canada, and will be helping folks get the most out of the Beer Festival. After some appetizers and a limo ride to the Coliseum, Mirella will bring you in the VIP entrance and then spend some time tasting some of the great beer available. She will highlight a few of the best beers, do a guided tasting at several of the difference booths, and assist you in hunting down the best beers for your favourites styles. To sign up, contact the ANBL. The ticket price is $99, and that includes your Festival ticket.

We’ll be there, and hope you will too! Cheers!

Heading to the Atlantic Beer Festival in Moncton this weekend (tickets still available for the afternoon session) and not sure where to stop for a beer?  Here is my list of best beer bars in the Hub City:
The Laundromat (a.k.a. Marky’s) is located at 382B  St-George.  This is a must stop for any beer geek aficionado enthusiast looking to try something different.  This is the only place on the planet where you can purchase Acadie-Broue beer and also recently had some Shiretown Beer from Northern N.B. on tap.  They are up to 5 taps now and normally have a mix from Atlantic Canadian microbreweries.  They also feature an extensive line up of bottled beers from around the world that are not available anywhere else locally.
The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse is located at 751 Main Street.  What’s a list of beer bars without an Irish Pub?  The Old Triangle features a good selection of draught beer and some standard offerings of bottled beer.  The food is great and there are live acts performing nightly Wednesday to Saturday.
Tide & Boar Gastropub is located at 700  Main Street.  They offer a good selection of draught beer which includes offerings from Garrison, Picaroons, Guiness, Keith’s, Stella and Hoegarden.  They also have an interesting assortment of bottled beer (Mill Street, Unibroue, Chimay Red, Koninshoe La Trappe Trippel among them) and food menu (ever try a Boar poutine?).  In celebration of the AT Beer Festival, they will be tapping a cask conditioned Picaroons Yippee IPA,  this Friday, May 26th.
Last but not least are the two pubs run by the 2005 Canadian Brewery of the Year, Pump House Brewery.  The original location is located at 5 Orange Lane in downtown Moncton.  They offer their regular lineup and seasonal brews that can each be tried as part of a sampler tray.  The food is great, especially the wood fired brick oven pizza.
Across town, at the actual brewery location, is the Barnyard BBQ on 131 Mill Road.  Head over to the Barnyard is you want to drink your beer out of a Mason jar or want to enjoy a Southern themed menu with items such as Alabama Road Kill Chili, Ragin’ Cajun Gumbo, Dirty Bird, Hillbilly Backyard Steak and Texas Rodeo Buffalo Burger.  You can get a glimpse of part of the brewery and tours are available for $2 per person with a minimum of 10 people which includes samples of Pump House beer (tours should be scheduled in advance (506) 389-9042) .