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Hello Blue Toboggan

Published by henry on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:07

We are Canadian. We welcome winter with open arms. It's the Great White North, eh?

Skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, lobster fishing (if you are in LFA 33 and 34), and maybe tobogganing.

It also means sitting by the fire with a nice winter warmer, or a great beer. We've got just the ticket…

Introducing Blue Toboggan, spiced winter ale.
Spiced with the great flavours of the season - cinnamon and ginger. We also added a touch of Haskap juice from our friends at Haskapa just for fun.
Pours a pale straw with a tinge of red-blue from the haskap berries with a nice head and ample lacing.
On the palate, the ginger comes first followed by cinnamon and a hint of that great haskap berry. It's backed up by a nice malt backbone, mild bitterness and a smooth finish. At 6% ABV, we think it's the perfect beer for apres-ski, apres-sledding or apres-anything you like.

Alailable starting this Friday at select bars in Halifax, at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

It will be available in 650 mL bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants, and Premier Wine & Sprits.

Of course, you can also get it at the brewery retail store at 78 Ohio Road in beautiful Shelburne.

Happy winter!

Great Gift Set

Published by henry on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:13

Hi Folks.
We've got a great new holiday gift set available.

The package includes two branded glasses, a super cool Boxing Rock growler, and a gift certificate for a growler fill with your choice of beer:
Hunky Dory Pale Ale, Temptation Red Ale, por Crafty Jack English Ale

Just $35 for the 64 oz growler version, and $30 for the one litre growler version.

Call the brewery store today to order yours! 902-494-9233 ext 3.

The Darkness

Published by henry on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:21

Wintertime is upon us. As we look out the window it's whiteout conditions, and the first snow of the season is accumulating. Although it is reported not to last, the writing is on the wall.

Fall is over.

Winter has arrived.

We're into the darkest month of the year.

Time to drink a beer.
Not any beer, this time it's a Cascadian Dark Ale. Known also as a Black IPA, or India Dark Ale, we prefer the more eloquent first term.

Introducing The Darkness Cascadian Dark Ale.

A true India Pale Ale, albeit with an unexpected colour, it's hoppy, bright, and packed full of big flavours.

Dark, dark, dark. Pours with almost stout-like black inkiness, capped with a nice tan head.
First sensation is the hop forward presentation from copious amounts of late hops, and dry hops. It's followed by a gorgeous roasty body with a hint of wheat chewiness, fruity middle notes and then backed up by bracing bitterness in the finish.
This is the time of year when you concentrate on staying warm and comfortable, and crave those rich flavours of the season. The Darkness Cascadian Dark Ale fits the bill perfectly.

Get it on tap at select bars in Halifax.

It will be available in 650 mL bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants, Premier Wine & Sprits and at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market.

Of course, you can also get it at the brewery retail store at 78 Ohio Road in beautiful Shelburne.

Happy Birthday Stillwell!

Published by henry on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:11

When our friends at Stillwell Beer Bar in Halifax called us up and asked us if we would like to brew a special beer for their one year anniversary we jumped at the chance.

This required a collaboration. So Chris, Andy and Laura from Stillwell made the trip down to Shelburne from Halifax for a day of brewing, tomfoolery and general mayhem.

What did we come up with? A very special Saison.

Made with premium Canadian and German malts, we added a touch of beechwood smoked malt for a great background character. We made it mouth puckeringly dry, with a very slight tart mouthfeel that made it super refreshing, lively and light on the palate. We added UK Goldings and Czech Saaz hops which complemented the smoked malt perfectly.
Finally we used a special French farmhouse yeast that spiced up the brew with hints of clove, allspice, black pepper, wrapped up in a fruity body of tangerine, pear and white grape.

Stillwell says "thank you with a beer". Merci Bière.
8.4% ABV 20 IBU

Availavble at Stillwell Beer Bar starting with their one year anniversary party on November 16, 2014.

Afterwards you can get it in growlers at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

It will be available in 650 mL bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants, and Premier Wine & Sprits.

Of course, you can also get it at the brewery retail store at 78 Ohio Road in beautiful Shelburne.

Unobtainable….

Published by henry on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:04

"Hello, I'd like to contract a few hundred pounds of Amarillo hops for 2014-2015"

"Sorry, that's all sold out - unobtainable. Maybe for the 2016 year."

"Ok, how about Centennial?"

"Unobtainable in 2015"

"Simcoe?"

"All sold, sorry."

"Nelson Sauvin hops?"

- hears laughter on the other end of the line.

WTF?!?

So we went out on a mission to find some of these "unobtainable" hops.
It involved conspiracy, dealings with strangers in dark places, confrontations with hop cartels, trades, some creative borrowing.
Some things had to be done that we're not proud of.

It appears that these hops are made of Unobtanium.

Ok, so how'd we do?

Not bad, actually.

Introducing "Unobtainium", a full bodied intrepid amber ale. Dark mahogany-walnut in colour, with a malty rich backbone supporting some unexpected hop flavours.
At 5% ABV it's a super drinkable, sessionable ale.
The hop profile is as unique as it gets. Heavily dry hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, New Zealand Orbit, and a very special find: Whole leaf organic Nelson Sauvin hops.

Are we able to get more?
No.
So this batch is a one-shot deal. Get it now while you can, before it too is made of Unobtainium.

You'll be able to get it on tap at select bars in Halifax.

It will be available in 650 mL bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants, Premier Wine & Sprits and at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market.

Of course, you can also get it at the brewery retail store at 78 Ohio Road in beautiful Shelburne.

Many Hands Pale Ale, 2014

Published by henry on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:58

What do you do when you're told that there is a field of hops that need harvesting? And that someone's been looking to unload a hundred pounds of buttercup squash?
Make beer of course.

We had been conspiring with Peter and Josh from North Brewing Company for several weeks now about doing another version of our popular seasonal release of 2013, "Many Hands Pale Ale" and we wanted to do another for 2014. Peter came across a hundred pounds of locally grown buttercup squash, so why not do a twist on pumpkin ale? We said sure, and that's when our friends at LaHave Natural Farms called us and said that they had a bunch of hop plants that needed picking, so we obliged and drove up to the farm to do some serious picking.

We harvested Cascade, Mount Hood, and Centennial hops from LaHave Natural Farms, and over ten pounds of Chinook hops from our own hop plants here in Shelburne.

Many Hands Pale Ale, 2014, is mashed with one hundred pounds of buttercup squash, and mash-hopped with organic Chinook hops. (The smell was fantastic from the mash tun.)
We used Two-Row Pale Malt grown in Quebec, Maris Otter and some Kilned Amber Malt for some beautiful colour.
We first-wort hopped it with as much Cascade hops as we could get into the kettle, and finished it off with some Mount Hood, and Hallertauer hops, all grown organically at LaHave Natural Farms.

The buttercup squash comes through nicely in the beer, with a great hoppy flavour that can only be had from a wet hopped harvest beer.
At 6.5% ABV and 37 IBU, we think that this will certainly be a hit.

Sessionista

Published by henry on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:42

Hello Summer!

After a seemingly never ending winter and a very short spring Summer's hit us hard and fast.
Every day seems like it's a hot humid inferno, and we want nothing more than to kick back on our favourite patio and sip a few pints of some refreshing craft beer.

They seem scarce, though. Those imminently sippable, fresh, cool, and lighter tasting beers are not always available at your favourite craft beer tap.

Enter Sessionista.

The first thing you notice is an intense malt aroma reminiscent of an English Bitter, surrounded by a floral whiff of lemon blossoms and orange. Then some roasty malt notes on the palate followed by a pithy lemon-lime finish.
Not too bitter, not too heavy, just right for summer at 3.5% ABV, yet so full of flavour you'd swear that it was more.

Available for a very limited run in 650 ml bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Premier Wine & Spirits, Harvest Wines and Cristall Wine Merchants.
It will also be available in one litre growlers every Saturday at the Halifax Seaport Market, and the Shelburne Farmers' Market, (while supplies last) and in our own brewery store in Shelburne.

Look for it at your favourite craft beer locations. You might also find it at Stillwell Beer Bar, The Stubborn Goat, The Lion & Bright Cafe and others.

La Rive du Sud - Biere de Garde

Published by henry on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:07

It's spring! What better way to celebrate than with a fantastic new beer?

Introducing: La Rive du Sud Bière de Garde.

Bière de Garde is a style that originated in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
In the days before refrigeration it was not practical to brew beer in the summer months, because the hot weather was not favourable for fermentation. So the brewers of the region made strong beer and stored it in underground cellars for consumption during the summer.
Originally a farmhouse style, made at home, it was adopted by a few northern breweries and was nearly lost as a style because the few breweries that made it were destroyed during the two world wars, their tanks taken and melted down for the manufacture of weapons.
Even today if you take a trip to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais area, you'll likely be bombarded by Eurotrash lagers and Belgian yellow fizz rather than a Bière de Garde, but if you persist, you'll find a few examples. But if you live in Nova Scotia, you can enjoy one right now.

We're proud to produce this once noble beer, and are doubly proud to have made Nova Scotia's very first Bière de Garde.

Made with simple base malts and dark caramelized sugar this seemingly simple combination of ingredients yields an ale of noteworthy complexity. With notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, as well as tangerine, peach, nutmeg, clove and allspice. We lagered (well, guarded, actually) this ale for weeks until it was perfect. It's remarkably smooth on the palate and although it has a dry finish, it has a lingering spicy aftertaste that invites you to take another sip. 7.5% ABV.

Get it while it lasts in 650 ml bottles, 1L growlers and on tap at select locations.