Good news, everyone!
We have our line-up of specialty beers for 2015! As you beer-lovers know, we occasionally like to shake things up in the historic brewery. Besides our standard roster of a brown, stout, porter, and IPA, we also release a monthly specialty brew. Here’s what we have on tap this season:
(NB: Dates refer to date of release. Beers are available until the fridges are emptied.)
May 16, 17, 18 – Apricot Ale
Just in time for Victoria Day weekend – a sweet, fruity beer to kick off the season! I think the combination of beer and apricots suits our “Pirates and Princesses” event, also that weekend.
June 20/21 – Ginger Beer
Yes! Yes! My personal favourite returns for another season! *ahem* I mean, the soldiers and onlookers during our Revolutionary War Re-Enactment will definitely appreciate this gingery brew. Please note, this is an alcoholic ginger beer, so don’t give it to the wee ones.
July 1 – Maple Brown Ale
What’s more Canadian than beer and maple syrup? We’ve done a Maple Porter for a few years, I’ll be interested to see how maple pairs with a slightly lighter, sweeter brown ale.
August 3 – Simcoe Hopped Ale
We love pale ales in the hot summer months, and the Simcoe Hopped Ale is no exception. Brewed in honour of Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe, this ale has plenty of Simcoe Hops, lending it a fruity, earthy flavour.
September 19/20 – Fresh Hop/Wet Hop Pale Ale
Generally, beer is brewed with dry hops (check out our hop-jar in the brewery – you can smell them, and get a good look!). However, once a year, when the hops are harvested, we’re able to make a Fresh/Wet Hop Ale. Exactly what it sounds like: the hops are thrown into the brew-kettle straight off the vine. Of course, we’ll need some intrepid hop harvesters to help us out, so stay tuned for sign-up details!
October 3 – Whiskey Barrel Aged Brown Ale
Mm! This was a crowd favourite at last year’s Spirited Affair Fundraiser. The vanilla and oakiness that comes through aging in a whisky barrel reminds me of Innis and Gunn.
October 10, 11, 12 – Honey Brown Ale
Golden and rich as the changing season, this was another new brew for us. Excited to see it back!
October 17//18, 24/25, 31 – Pumpkin Ale
Every year. Every year, we wait for this. You wait, we wait. Nothing says October like our Pumpkin Ale! I’m so glad that Ed will be doing a number of brews!
November 21 – Elderflower Stout
Hmm, this is a new one. We haven’t brewed with elderflowers before. It’ll be interesting to see the sweet, floral elderflowers play off against the richness of a stout. Looks like November just got a bit brighter!
TBA – Winter Warmer
What better way to cap off the year than with a bold, flavourful, high-alcohol beer?
Answer: there is none.
Winter Warmers can have a ton of variety. Ed likes to experiment – I can’t wait to see what he does with the style this year.
As a reminder, we also have our March Break Sherlock Holmes Mystery next week. Crime is afoot at Black Creek! Come to the village between March 16th-22nd to help Sherlock and Watson solve The Case of the Tricky Thief! No, the brewery won’t be open, but these two sleuths need all the help they can get! 😉