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Atlantic Canada’s Microbreweries (page 1)
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Atlantic Canadians’ love of beer is well known to all inhabitants of the continent.
They enjoy a well-brewed beers and lots of it/Up to recent times, they had to contend with what was offered by Labatt’s and Molson’s. Nova Scotia’s Moosehead Breweries is the largest independent brewery and used to export more to the U S A than other provinces in Canada, due to strict regulations in each jurisdiction.
Today, the 2.5 million inhabitants of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland have one other thing (beside cultural and historical heritage) – an unprecedented interest in all things, beer – specifically microbreweries and brewpubs.
A relatively new brewery (founded in 1997), Maritime Beer Co. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia turns out 80,000 hectolitres (one hectolitre=100 litres= 26.4 U S
Gallons) and calls itself a regional specialty brewery catering to all the beer aficionados of Atlantic Provinces. The brewery markets all malt six beers (Atlantic Storm, I P A, Privateers Classic Ale, Halifax 1749 Stone Fired Ale, Kings Honey Amber Ale, Frosted Frog and Black pearl Cream Ale.
This ultra-modern brewery turns our well-hopped, flavourful and superbly conditioned beers. In a few short years of its existence the Maritime Beer Co captured four percent of the Atlantic market. This, for a relatively small brewery is a huge success. As of yet, the management does not have plans to distribute to the rest of the country, or export to the U S A.
Canada has approximately 140 craft breweries (54 microbreweries, 73 brewpubs and 13 regional specialty breweries of which a dozen are located in the Maritime provinces. This number is growing every year, and chances are by 2005, there will be close to 200.
Anchor Ales microbrewery in Miramichi, New Brunswick is small but well known for its deeply flavoured ales. Unfortunately, they are only locally available due to physical limitations of the brewery.
John Shippley’s Brewpub in Halifax opened in 2000 and does very well with locals and university students.
The Granite Brewery and Brewpub in Halifax is an institution that was started by Kevin Keefe, and literally pioneered the brewpub concept in Canada. Unfortunately, the Granite Brewpub in Toronto had to close due to excessive overhead costs.
Rogue’s Roost Ale House in Halifax opened in 1998. This 100 seat (plus 60 seat outdoor patio) is a trendy watering hole for locals and tourists alike.
They brew five steam-fired beers including a German-style wheat beer with an aroma of bananas, citrus and cloves. Rogue’s amber is the most popular because of its lighter body and smooth texture.
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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