Neither snow nor rain pellets nor icy sidewalks nor gloom of frozen fog stays these beer drinkers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds when the new beers are released. —Haligonian beer lovers creed
Infusion Confusion IPA
Garrison’s 2016 Home Brew-Off Challenge theme was experimental IPAs. Mark Power took home the prize with this camomile infused IPA featuring Amarillo, Citra, and Cascade hops for a smooth 50 IBUs. Find it now in 650ml bottles at NSLC and at the brewery. Power and Garrison brewmaster Daniel Girard added camomile blossoms were added during the boil and after fermentation to preserve their unique flavour.
Gus’ 65m (Belgian blonde)
North Brewing Company
Also newly available at the NSLC is North Brewing’s inaugural brew from four years ago. Now you can get your local Belgian brews without having to travel to the Agricola Street or Battery Park North locations. If you’ve somehow not tried this one it’s high time. Named for a classic North End watering hole, this ale is spicy and citrusy and sessionable enough to keep all 750ml to yourself.
Charming Molly (blonde ale)
Lunn’s Mill Beer Company
Nova Scotia’s newest brewery has been up and running for about a month now, and hopes to open it’s hospitality room in the coming weeks. Chantelle Webb, one of the four owners says it’s exciting to be Annapolis County’s first brewery. “We have a lot of Bud and Coors drinkers around here,” she says. “We’re hoping to convert them with our Charming Molly.” This light blonde ale is crisp, and slightly sweet, with just a touch of hops (14 IBUs). Watch the website for a tap room announcement, and in the meantime you can try this new brew by getting a growler fill at the brewery on Thursday afternoons.
506 Logger (kölsch)
Picaroon’s Traditional Ales
New Brunswickers have quaffed this malty lager in tall cans for well over a yea now, but when it makes its appearance in Nova Scotia in April you’ll find it in 341ml six-packs of short bottles. If the novel bottle doesn’t make you want to try it, the taste will. Watch for grassy notes, and subtle German Pilsner malts along side good-ole Canadian two-row.
People’s Cider Project
New Ross, N.S.
Last fall the folks at Bulwark encouraged people across the province to donate their unwanted apples. From abandoned orchards to lone trees in backyards, cider lovers replied in such numbers that what was once hoped to be a tiny run for donors will now be available publicly in a limited run. The result is a rustic cider, with a crisp dry finish and notes of apple blossom, pear, and honey. Grab a bottle or two while you can at NSLC’s Port of Wines, private retailers, or the cidery’s online store. As this project continues it’ll be interesting to compare from year to year as the donated apples will vary, changing the cider’s flavour. Grab a bottle or two while you can at NSLC’s Port of Wines, private retailers, or the cidery’s online store.