Today 902 Brewcast releases its May Tasting episode featuring hosts Tony Wight and Kyle Andrus, Chris MacDonald from Atlantic Canada Beer Blog, and me.  We had a lot of fun traversing styles and provincial boarders to bring you a list with something for everyone. Listen to the episode here or find it in your preferred podcasting app.

Betroth Ale (braggot)
North Brewing Company
Halifax
Don’t worry, I had to look up braggot too. It’s a mead-like beverage fermented with grains. This one features heather, yarrow, and local honey. It’s sweet, spicy, and floral, plus very low on IBUs. A good intro to craft beer for cider lovers who want to mix it up. Find it on tap at both locations, and in bottles, while it lasts.

Plimsol (Berliner lager)
Spindrift Brewing Co.
Dartmouth, N.S.
Caution: this beer is easily quaffable at 3.6%. Spindrift is fast becoming one to watch as Kellye Robertson hammers out new and unexpected lagers. This one turns Berliner Weisse, that perfect summer beer, into a lager. Watch for punchy tart flavours, a buzzy mouthfeel, and a pleasant, lingering sourness. From the new German hops, you’ll taste vinous (wine-like flavours) from the Hallertau Blanc, and citrus from the Mandarina Bavaria

Cerberus Organic American IPA
Big Spruce Brewing, Tatamagouche Brewing, and Propeller Brewing
Nyanza, N.S.; Tatamagouche, N.S.; Halifax
Named for a mythical three headed hound, this collaboration beer pops up but once a year. You won’t go looking for the hops in this beer; they’ll practically drag you into your glass. This year’s edition pairs piney, West Coast-style hoppiness with an aggressively bitter finish. Grab a bottle at one of the breweries or a private retailer before it disappears for another year.

Promised Land (double IPA)
2 Crows Brewing
Halifax
I won’t belabour this one as it sold out on Mother’s Day. Gigantic juicy Simcoe and Citra dry hops. Soft mouthfeel. An 8.3% beer that doesn’t taste a drop over 4.5%. Stop by the taproom to beg the brewers to make more.

Our city and our province are known for great beer, but so are our neighbours. You won’t find these next two the the NSLC or the private stores, but make sure to ask someone traveling to New Brunswick and ask them to bring you back a can or two.

Cheval D’Or (saison)
Grimross Brewing
Fredericton, N.B.
I love that Grimross calls itself Belgian-inspired because that creates a lot of room for the brewery to play with traditional styles. This golden gem was its first beer, and it’s perfect for summer. It’s a subtle saison that’s crisp, slightly floral, and volunteers a hint of apple flavour at the end.

Dunder (American pale ale)
TrailWay Brewing
Fredericton, N.B.
This brewery is known for hazy hop bombs that retail for about 50 cents more per can than most thanks to the sheer quantity of hops in each brew. Dunder is no exception. It’s ultra-tropical and packed with Australian hops. Watch for slight flavours of bubble gum and banana. It’s brewed in small batches, and only in the summer so don’t sit on this one.