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Atlantic Canada’s Microbreweries (page 2)
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The new Garrison Brewing Co. of Halifax is famous for a Halifax business man who registered the name of Titanic Brewing Co. but had no brewery.
Newfoundlanders have always been great beer consumers. And when Quidi Vidi Brewing Co in St John’s opened its doors (1996) people were already lined up to try the new product.
Since then every year production, projections have been surpassed. Presently the capacity is 20,000 hectolitres, which, considering the initial output of 3000 hectolitres this is a remarkable growth in only seven years.
Quidi Vidi brews five beers, all of which are distributed to the 460 restaurants and pubs in major cities of the province.
Freshwater Brewing Co. is only six years old (1997), but already well known amongst St John’s pub goers. Brewer/owner Murray brews Baccalien Light, Killick Ale, Kyle Mild Ale, and Quintal Stout, available throughout the province in liquor control board stores.
The Duke of Duckworth in St John’s was Newfoundland’s first brewpub, and to this day brews small batches of Dukesown (160 litres) for its guests exclusively.
Fog City Brewing Co., St John’s, is considerably bigger than the Duke of Duckworth, and brews four draught beers: Battery Brown Ale, Caboit’s Red Ale, Merchant’s Wheat Ale and Fog City Classic. All are well received by the regulars of this restaurant cum pub.
Picaroon’s Brewing Co. in Fredericton was established in 1995 and brews four flavourful beers, including Crooked Log Blonde Ale, Timber Hog Stout. Pircaroon’s operates a taproom adjacent to the brewery, frequented by local beer aficionados.
Moosehead Breweries happens to be more famous in the U S A than in Canada.
For a long time this St John (N.B) brewery sold its brews regionally and exported to the U S A, but not Ontario. Recently, Moosehead was made available to Ontario beer lovers.
St John is also home to the Tapps Brewpub and Steakhouse, producing bitter and IPA. The Queen Molly, a 300 seat bar and restaurant, in Yarmouth, N S is famous for its Lloyd’s Golden Wheat Ale. Founded in 1997, this small pub brewery aims to please its in-house clientele.
Kentville in the Annapolis valley is home to Paddy’s Pub and Brewery where Randy Lawrence produces seven brands and one seasonal brew. All are well brewed, but only locally available.
Danny Langille opened Nova Scotia’s newest microbrewery in 1998, in Pictou which is more famous for its seafood fleet than beer. Langille aims to change this perception.
Lone Star Café and Brewery in Charlottetown, P E I, is the only brewery in the province, the smallest of all in Canada. Although the population is less than 150,000, the average per capita beer consumption far exceeds the national average of 66 litres.
Lone Star’s Iron horse Brown Ale. Long Horn Red Ale and Sierra Golden Pale constitute Lone Star’s full line of brews.
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Article contributed by Hrayr Berberoglu, a Professor Emeritus of Hospitality and Tourism Management specializing in Food and Beverage. Books by H. Berberoglu