New beer for spring

Photo by Melanie Bock White

Saturday afternoon and evening saw hundreds of local-beer enthusiasts pour into the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room. Full House, the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia’s largest Craft Beer Week event, highlights new brews for spring and summer.

Here are five you shouldn’t miss.

Summer Love (dry-hopped kettle sour)
Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
Shelburne, N.S.
Sour enough to hold your interest and introduce your friends to sours. Amarillo and Simcoe dry hopping (hops added after brewing) imparts tropical flavours and a hit of pine that tastes delicious with this style’s natural puckery flavours. Brewer Henry Pedro says you’ll see this one around the city all summer, even if that means making more as its flying off the shelves.

Sauvage Saison
Tanner and Co. Brewing
Chester, N.S.
This is the second year for this beer made with Big Spruce’s Scotian Sauvage yeast. The province’s first indigenous yeast was cultured from a Cape Breton pin-cheery tree. The result is light and fresh with a hint of funk and light wood flavours. Tanner’s three-barrel system means the brewery is selling every drop straight out of its location, so you’ll have to visit to grab a bottle.

Mango Weisse
Two Islands Brewing
Parrsboro, N.S.
This small brewery opened quietly last fall but made a splash at Full House with three beers. This weisse made the biggest impression on me. Alongside the expected banana, clove and citrus flavours this style is known for, 77 kg of fresh mango really drive home the tropical point. The brewery offers a tap room (sharing space with Rising Tide Bakery) with snacks like nachos and fresh baked pretzels.

Que Onda (gose)
Big Spruce Brewing
Nyanza, N.S.
While most breweries were content pouring two to four beers, Big Spruce turned up with 10 varieties. This bottle debuted during the afternoon session and had people lining up for a taste. The gose style is known for strong lemon and salt flavours, which make it a great candidate for aging in a tequila barrel. It tastes much boozier than its ABV, making it a wonderful summer sipper at your first barbecue of the year.

Sasquatch Pale Ale
Propeller Brewing Co.
Halifax, N.S.
Sasquatch is the first patented Canadian hop and hails from British Colombia. It adds fresh cedar aroma and hints of grapefruit flavour. This fuzzy, golden pale ale screams lounging in the sun, so it’s a good thing it’ll be around for a few months.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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