Monthly Archives: March 2009

Half Pints Burly Wine Now in Alberta

halfpints_logoWINNIPEG, MBHalf Pints Brewery have shipped some of their Burly Wine to Alberta. Here’s the scoop direct from the brewery:

Our Burlywine is now available in Alberta for a limited time. There are/were 50 x 24’s (341ml. bottles) available. Willow Park and Sherbrooke have their stock already. FYI, the 2008 wax colour is green, the 2007’s are red – there are a few cases out there with a surprise 2007 bottle and it’s just hitting its stride. Readers should check out Ratebeer if they’re nervous about shelling out for one of the top 50 beers in Canada (for 08 + 09). The BeerAdvocate reviews aren’t too shabby either.


beerbistro Cookbook Now Available

beerbistro_cookbookTORONTO, ON – While it has an official release date of April 10, 2009, The beerbistro Cookbook by Stephen Beaumont and Brian Morin – partners in Toronto beer-cuisine restaurant beerbistro – has started shipping from and is also available for purchase at the restaurant (18 King Street East, Toronto).

Here’s the description of the book as provided by the publisher, Key Porter Books:

In beerbistro Cookbook, writer Stephen Beaumont and chef Brian Morin show how you can take your beer to a whole new culinary level. Covering everything from getting to know your ales and lagers to appetizers, mains, cheese, beer cocktails, and even beer pastry, first-timers and foodies will find something to whet their appetites and wet their whistles.

Informative sidebars provide tips and hints on everything from how to pour beer to what glassware to pour it into. True-to-life photos will take you behind the scenes to see exactly how these mouth-watering dishes are made. They will make you hungry for more.

Recipes include: Blonde Ale Vegetable Pakoras, Grilled Porter, Pulled Pork Quesadillas, Curried Butternut Squash and Ale Hummus, Drunken Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, The Ultimate Frites, Apple Ale Back Ribs, Navajo Spice Rubbed Oatmeal Stout Chicken, Maudite Onion Confit, Beer Butter Tarts, Beeramisu, Stout Macadamia Nut Brownies, and Beerscream.

Dieu du Ciel! Aphrodite

dieuduciel_aphroditeST-JÉRÔME, reports that Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! has been given label approval in the US for Aphrodite.

A strong stout (6.5%) brewed with cocoa and vanilla, Aphrodite is an alias of Aphrodisiaque, a beer that has been available on an occasional basis over the last six years at the original DDC! brewpub in Montreal. Aphrodisiaque is currently ranked #50 in the best beers in the world according to RateBeer.

According to DDC! president Stéphane Ostiguy, the bottled version goes into production in April, with Quebec being the initial market. US label approval was sought by the brewery’s American importer, Shelton Brothers, in hope that there will be sufficient quantities to be shipped south of the border later this year.

Garrison Launches New Beer, Comes to Ontario

garrison_logoHALIFAX, NSGarrison Brewing are set to add a new beer to their line-up of seasonal offerings.  Sugar Moon Maple Ale is a strong ale (6.2%) for spring, described as follows:

Truly Canadian ale brewed with Nova Scotia maple syrup from Sugar Moon Farms. Dark-amber colour with a light maple aroma and toasty, caramel and maple flavours. Smooth & tasty, best enjoyed under a cold sugar moon!

This will also be one of the first Garrison beers available in Ontario, as the brewery is now being represented there by Bar Towel Specialty Beer Imports. This new venture from Cass Enright, owner of the popular craft beer news and discussion website The Bar Towel, is making three Garrison products – Sugar Moon Maple Ale, Imperial Pale Ale and a mixed 6-pack – available to Ontario beer drinkers via private orders. Visit the website for more information.

Lighthouse Rip Tide Pale Ale

lighthouse_logoVICTORIA, BCLighthouse Brewing have released their newest beer, Rip Tide Pale Ale.

According to the latest weekly newsletter from CAMRA Vancouver, little has been announced about the beer, except that the brewery was “striving to achieve broad drinkability”.

Rip Tide is available now at Waazubbe Cafe in Vancouver and other locations.

Buckerfields 20th Anniversary Legacy Ale

buckerfields_logoVICTORIA, BCBuckerfields Brewery, the brewery located in Swans Hotel in Victoria, have released a new vintage of their Legacy Ale in celebration of Swans’ 20th anniversary.

Originally brewed as a tribute to Michael C. Williams, the late philanthropist who spearheaded the revival of the area where Swans is located, Legacy Ale is an 11% barley wine aged on oak with Valencia orange peel.

Legacy Ale is available at the Swans Brewpub and other selected locations, including Vancouver’s Alibi Room.

Beau’s Van Kleeck Ale

beaus_logoVANKLEEK HILL, ONBeau’s All Natural Brewing will soon be releasing their new spring seasonal beer, Beau’s Van Kleeck Ale. Here’s the description as posted to the OCB website:

A Strong IPA, loyal to the crown. This is our hoppiest beer, made with a decidedly British flavour profile, and named after the founder of our village, a noted Loyalist. Incredibly bitter while still in balance, expect this beer to kick you in the teeth on the way down. Like all our beer, the Van Kleeck Ale is made with certified organic malts and local spring water.

In a recent post on the Bar Towel discussion forum, Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s notes that now that they intend to brew a batch every three weeks throughout the spring in order to keep it available until the Summer Solstice, at which point it will be replaced with another seasonal beer.

Steelback Joins OCB & Launches New Beer

steelback_logoTIVERTON, ONSteelback Brewery has become the latest brewery to join the Ontario Craft Brewers, an organization that represents small-and medium-sized breweries from across the province.

Their profile page on the OCB website also reveals that they will soon be releasing a new beer called Steelback Red Maple. Here are the notes from the site:

Brewed to tradition with high quality ingredients and locally sourced maple syrup. This brew is deep amber to red in colour. Full bodied, creamy with a sweet malt flavour and maple aroma. A slightly sweet finish with that hint of maple flavour.

No word yet on when or where Red Maple will be available, but it will likely be distributed via The Beer Store along with the other Steelback brands.

Church-Key Brave New Wheat

churchkey_logo1PETHERICKS CORNERS, ONChurch-Key Brewing have released the latest in their “Heavy Weights” series of literary-themed beers.

Church-Key Brave New Wheat is an 8% weizenbock, following on previous beers in the series including The Lactese Falcon (sour ale), Like Water for Chocolate (chocolate porter) and The Grains of Wrath (double IPA).

Brave New Wheat is available now at several bars and pubs that regularly feature Church-Key beers on tap, and will presumably also be available for sale at the brewery in the same 650 ml format used for the previous beers.

NB Liquor Launches Selection Lager & Selection Light

selection_lagerFREDERICTON, NB – As originally announced here on CBN back in January, the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation has become the first liquor board in Canada, and one of the few state-run liquor boards in the world, to launch its own brand of beer.

Selection Lager and Selection Light were released today at Alcool NB Liquor stores throughout the province, and tastings are taking place at all stores today and tomorrow from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and on Saturday, March 14 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

The beers are being brewed under contract at Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, and are selling for $18.67 per 12-pack of 355 ml cans, which is the lowest legal price in the province.