It’s finally that time of year! We will be opening for the season tomorrow! April 28th is our very first day of the season, and we will be open until just before Christmas. Our brewmaster Ed has been brewing the first batches of the season, and we will have beer ready to go for opening weekend!
The beginning of a new season means the beginning of a new round of specialty beers for 2018. Every month, we offer at least one specialty beer along with our usual lineup of beers. These specialty beers are made in very limited quantities… roughly 32 growlers are available for purchase. Once they are sold out, they are gone until next year! So mark your calendars… here is the specialty beer schedule for 2018. Note: Just because a specialty beer is meant for an event weekend doesn’t mean it will last until Sunday or Monday! Call ahead or visit the brewery early in the weekend to avoid disappointment!
May: Apricot Ale
Available for: Pirates and Princesses, May 19th-21st
Our Apricot ale is the perfect beer for spring. This is a malty and sweet beer that pours pale gold in the glass and smells like fresh apricot. Our brewmaster uses real apricot puree for this one, so expect a light and fruity taste.
June: Ginger Ale
Available for: Soldiers and Spies/Battle of Black Creek, June 16th & 17th
This isn’t the ginger ale from your childhood! Our grown up take on a ginger ale features real ginger, which gives it a slight spicy flavor. This mild spice is balanced nicely by the malty note of the beer. This is a perfect choice for Father’s Day weekend!
July: Maple Brown Ale
Available for: Canada Day/Party Like it’s 1867!, July 1st & 2nd
A very Canadian party calls for a very Canadian beer! The base for this one is our brown ale, with some pure maple syrup added. The result is a beer with a sweet maple taste that is not too overpowering.
August: Simcoe Hopped Ale
Available for: Simcoe Day Long Weekend, August 4th-6th
Celebrate Simcoe day with our special Simcoe hopped ale! We only use Simcoe hops once a year for this special ale. Simcoe hops are a nice import from the West Coast, with an earthy aroma containing hints of berry and pine. I can’t think of anything more fitting for the August long weekend!
September is harvest time here at the village. While we are celebrating the bounty of nature, we are also offering up a brown ale sweetened with our very own honey from Black Creek. We are housing bees on the North Property, and they have provided us enough honey to create a batch of Honey Brown Ale. This one is a take on our classic brown ale, but with pure Black Creek honey added to sweeten it up. The result is a slightly sweeter, floral version of our brown ale. Fans of honey brown ales will not be disappointed.
October: Pumpkin Ale
Available for: Howling Hootenanny (Last two weekends of October)
Pumpkin Ale is a favorite down in the brewery. This beer is made with real pumpkin puree, as well as the spices that you would usually find in a pumpkin pie. This beer is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and all the flavors of thanksgiving treats, but it is not overly sweet or rich. We make this specialty beer more than once in October, so you have a couple of chances to come and grab some!
November: Gingerbread Stout
Available for: End of November (Date TBD… check back here for more details!)
As things start getting chilly around the village, we start to get in the holiday spirit. This starts a little early with our gingerbread stout! This brew is our traditional stout, with molasses and spice that will remind you of holiday gingerbread.
December: Winter Warmer
Available for: Christmas by Lamplight (Weekends, beginning on December 8th)
Our Winter Warmer is a sign that Christmas is fast approaching! It is perfect for chilly December days around the village. It is brewed with coriander, orange peel, and an array of spices that will help warm you up! This beer comes in at 6.5%, making it the strongest beer available down in the brewery. We brew a few batches of this one, corresponding with our Christmas by Lamplight celebrations. This will be our last specialty beer of 2018, so make sure not to miss out!
So make sure to come down to visit us in the historic brewery. Not only will you get to pick up a growler of historic beer, but our expert brewmaster or one of our skilled brewery staff will treat you to the rich and interesting history behind it!