Must-try beers: Craft Beer Cottage Party preview

At the 2016 Craft Beer Cottage Party, Meander River Farm took home best booth. Can they do it again?

On Saturday, Haligonian craft-beer lovers will don their best plaid for the second Savour Food and Wine Festival Craft Beer Cottage Party. This year the one-night beer festival promises samples from 20-some breweries, which means plenty of opportunities to try something new. Here are five brewed-outside-Halifax beers you need to try.
Cut of Our Jibb (Double India Pale Ale)
FirkinStein Brewing
Bridgewater, N.S.
Hold on to your tastebuds because this DIPA comes in at massive 99 IBUs. It’s hopped with Citra and Cascade so you can expect plenty of citrus flavour and nose.
Smokey Chipotle Porter
Meander River Farm
Ashdale, N.S.
I first tried this farm-based brewery at last year’s Craft Beer Cottage Party, and its beers were two of my favourites of the night. This beer is light on smoke but with enough pepper bite to make it a really unique flavour.
Maccan Maple
Trider’s Craft Beer
Amherst, N.S.
Maple and beer together might be the most Canadian beverage yet. This amber ale uses maple sap instead of water so it is truly seasonal. Watch for hints of oak as you sip.
British IPA
Sober Island
Sober Island, N.S.
The newest edition to this petite brewery’s core beers has a strong malt backbone, and an array of hops to please the palate. Watch for woody and earth tones alongside citrus and grass. At 6.2% it’s a brew that’s asking to be sipped and savoured.
The Vinyl Cut (Imperial black IPA)
Picaroons Traditional Ales
Fredericton, N.B.
This is a beer for serious hopheads. The aromas and flavours from Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops may knock you off your bar stool, but the dark malts balance it out perfectly. If you miss the show watch for it at Stillwell in the next couple weeks.
Read our round-up of last year’s Craft Beer Cottage Party.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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