The local cup

The craft drink craze is still at fever pitch — Bluenose beverages for any budget 

Recommendations from Bishop Cellar’s director of consumer experience Kathryn Harding. 

TATA KETCH BERLINER WEISSE (355 ml) 
TATAMAGOUCHE BREWING 
$3.50 
This locally brewed, 3.1-per-cent ale is a fresh taste of summer. Harding says that Tatamagouche brewing has core products that are offered year-round, and a seasonal rotation of other hops. 

CRAZY ANGUS DIPA (473 ml) 
BRETON BREWING CO. 
$5.00 
For the serious IPA lovers, here’s your upgrade on the previous beer, packing a lot of hoppy bitterness in its 473-ml can. At seven per cent alcohol, you may want to pair this with a hearty meal or share with a friend. (Or share with an enemy, and make them into your friend.) 

BLUFF CIDER (355 ml) 
BLUFF CIDER 
$5.00 
This up-and-coming cidery is new to Nova Scotia’s shelves. Distilled in Avonport, Nova Scotia, its cider is made out of champagne yeast which gives the drink a crisp, fresh taste. You can find it for purchase at Bishop’s Cellar. 

UPSTREET LIBRA NON-ALC PALE ALE (4-pack) 
UPSTREET BREWERY 
$11.50 
You used to have to go to P.E.I. to get Upstreet, but a few years back it opened a brewery/BBQ joint in Burnside, where it brews this alcohol-free options. Historically, “near beer” has had a (largely justified) reputation for flavourlessness, but Harding promises this one brings the classic taste. 

BRETON BLACK ANGUS IPA (6-pack) 
BRETON BREWING CO. 
$16.00 
If you’re looking for a hoppy punch, Breton Brewing Co. might just be the brand for you. Its Breton Black Angus IPA recently came out in a 473 ml 6-pack, whereas before it was only offered in tall boys. Harding, who loves the beer, says that the smaller servings make its 6.2 per cent alcohol more approachable. Flavour: Pine resin, grapefruit, subtle caramel, and orange peel that lead into a smooth/bitter finish. Pairing: Big tropical hops and brisk carbonation cut nicely through rich and fatty foods — try with fish and chips. 

MINT CHAMOMILE KOMBUCHA (6-pack) 
GOODMORE 
$23.00 
Reaching outside of Harding’s world, and the walls of Bishop’s Cellar, she recommends Goodmore’s Mint Chamomile kombucha. She says she likes all of Goodmore’s flavours, but Chamomile Mint is a definite favourite. 

BLUE LOBSTER LEMON ICED TEA (6-pack) 
NOVA SCOTIA SPIRIT CO 
$18.48 
Blue Lobster’s lemon iced teas are a hit ready-to-drink summer beverage. According to Harding, the brewery flavours the teas with Nova Scotian honey. The natural additive brings a light sweetness to the lemony drink. 

COMPASS GIN ROYAL (750 ml) 
COMPASS DISTILLERS 
$50.00 
Compass Distillery in North End Halifax is a year-round favourite for Harding. The distillery uses all local products that are harvested throughout the province which bring a lasting nuance to their flavour. In particular, Harding says Bishop’s Cellar has been selling a lot of the distillery’s Compass Gin Royal — it makes a beautiful cocktail with its light purple colour made naturally with violets. 

BLUE LOBSTER VODKA (750 ml) 
NOVA SCOTIA SPIRITS CO. 
$28.97 
Harding says that you can’t beat Blue Lobster’s vodka. The price, matched with how clean it is, is “everything you’d need.” A classic Bloody Caesar is always a safe bet, howeveHarding says that you can’t beat Blue Lobster’s vodka. The price, matched with how clean it is, is “everything you’d need.” A classic Bloody Caesar is always a safe bet, however she says it’s great on the rocks, too. 

LAKE CITY DISTRICT 5 (6-pack) 
LAKE CITY CIDER 
$19.00 
Harding calls this a “staple cider.” Balancing sweet and dry, Lake City’s District 5 cider is a well-built, crushable cider. Perfect for balmy early autumn nights. Flavour: Crisp and clean, apples all day, but dry not juicy. Pairing: A no-brainer Thanksgiving pairing— works with turkey dinner or pumpkin pie. 

 

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