Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gahan House Brewery Opens New Production Facility

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Guardian newspaper reports that Gahan House Pub & Brewery, Price Edward Island’s only brewpub and brewery, has opened a new production and bottling plant on Walker Drive in Charlottetown.

Known as Gahan Brewery, the new facility will concentrate primarily on production of Sir John A’s Honey Wheat and Island Red, the top selling products in the Gahan product line. 500 ml bottles of both brands are now available at 10 PEILCC outlets across PEI, and distribution to other provinces is being considered for the future.

The original brewpub on Sydney Street will remain in operation, with the article reporting that brewing there “will focus on product innovation and brand development, including the creation of new flavours, a line of seasonal beers, and specialty products.”


Russell Brewing Releases Chambar Ale

SURREY, BCRussell Brewing has officially launched Chambar Ale, a Belgian-style ale created brewmaster Mark Simpson in collaboration with Nico Schuermans, chef and owner of Chambar, a Belgian restaurant in Vancouver. It’s described as follows:

Chambar Ale uses a combination of European and Moroccan spices with a base recipe created from organic locally sourced malt and several variations of yeast strains. Schuerman’s Belgian pedigree has played a large role in the beer’s flavour profile and style and Simpson’s decades of expertise helped create a beer perfect for pairing with good food and dear friends.

Initially available exclusively at Chambar, the beer is now available at other restaurants and bars, as well as in selected liquor stores in Vancouver.

Wild Rose Barley Wine 2010

CALGARY, ABWild Rose Brewery will be releasing the third annual edition of their award-winning Wild Rose Barley Wine on January 8th, 2010. This year’s vintage was brewed in January 2009 and aged for 12 months before bottling.

As is traditional for the seasonal releases from Wild Rose, the beer will be launched with a party at the Wild Rose Taproom starting at 4:00 PM on January 8th, where a cask of the Barley Wine will be tapped along with a second surprise cask. The Barley Wine will also be available in the brewery’s distinctive swing-top bottles.

Half Pints $ellout $tout

WINNIPEG, MB – Inspired by accusations by “beer knurds” that they had “sold out” by releasing St. James Pale Ale, a mainstream golden ale that has become the brewery’s top seller, Half Pints Brewing are preparing the jokingly named $ellout $tout for release in the new year.

Set to be put on sale only at the brewery on January 16th, 2010 – a date which is also the 35th birthday of Half Pints owner/brewer David Rudge – $ellout $tout is an imperial stout brewed with jaggery (a type of unrefined cane sugar) that is currently being aged in wooden barrels. It will be available exclusively in 660 ml bottles featuring a label designed by Darren Merinuk, a Winnipeg artist known for designing posters for local concerts.

Propeller Revolution Russian Imperial Stout 2010

HALIFAX, NSPropeller Brewing will be releasing the 2010 edition of their winter seasonal Revolution Russian Imperial Stout this coming Friday December 18th.

From the press release:

Propeller brews this unique ale true to its traditional roots; in the 18th century the English sent their brews via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars, to reduce the risk of spoilage Russian Imperial Stout was brewed to very high gravities and allowed to ferment on the long voyage. The result? A dark, strong and bracing brew. Propeller’s version weighs in at a whopping eight percent alcohol content, with a deep, rich, black colour. The taste of alcohol is well masked by the intense hop bitterness, extreme roasted malt and dark fruit notes.

Propeller Revolution will be available at the brewery’s retail store, as well as select private liquor stores in Halifax.

Garrison Grand Baltic Porter

HALIFAX, NSGarrison Brewing have brought back their Grand Baltic Porter for a second winter, this year adding dates as well as molasses to the recipe to enhance the flavour. Here are the notes provided by Garrison:

Coffee-black in colour. Aroma of molasses, nuts and caramel. A complex blend of dark malts, molasses & dried fruits (dates & prunes) create a rich, malty sweetness dominated by licorice and caramel notes.

Garrison Grand Baltic Porter is 9.0% abv, and is available now in 500 ml bottles at the brewery.

Granville Island Chocolate Stout Coming Soon

VANCOUVER, BCGranville Island Brewery has announced details of an upcoming seasonal release, Granville Island Chocolate Stout:

GIB and Rogers’ Chocolates are pairing up to produce our first Chocolate Stout. This brew is both rich and warming with a blend of malts, hops and fair trade chocolate from Rogers’ Chocolates.

Granville Island Chocolate Stout will be available by February 1st in select LDB locations and in the brewery’s Retail Store.

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller 2009

VICTORIA, BCDriftwood Brewery has just release the second annual edition of Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine:

We boiled this brew for a full five hours to concentrate the wort sugars and produce a powerful ale indeed! Bright, fruity and super hoppy when young, this beer will gracefully age for years. With time the hop flavor and aroma fade, and are replaced with caramel and sherry notes. Enjoy now, and save a few for next year!

Three Seasonals from Mill Street

TORONTO, ONMill Street Brewery has three seasonal beers set to hit the taps at their Mill Street Brewpub in the next few weeks:

  • Available now: Mill Street Vanilla Porter – “a rich, creamy dark beer flavoured with organic Mexican vanilla”
  • Coming December 16th: Mill Street Weizenbock – “7.2% alc wheat-based German-style bock beer”
  • Coming in January: Mill Street Betelgeuse – “8.5% alc Belgian Tripel”, returning for a second year

Phillips Instigator and Deadhead

VICTORIA, BCPhillips Brewing has released two new seasonal beers for the winter months, Instigator and Deadhead:

To get things started right, you can count on the infamous Instigator. This colossal doppelbock is named for the beloved bottling machine that got the Phillips Brewing Company up and running. The dark lager is ready to take on all who dare challenge this stubborn goat.

After locking horns with the Instigator, it’s time to set sail with the Deadhead Barley Wine. This malty auburn brew weighs in at 10 percent alcohol, is best served at 8 degrees C and will certainly warm your cheeks.

Both beers are available now in selected beer and wine stores in Victoria and area, as well as at the brewery store.