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Available Light 2023

January 26, 2023

Available Light 2023


LIGHTS - CAMERA - ACTION - We are honoured once again to brew the OFFICAL BEER for the Available Light Film Festival. It’s the festivals’ 21st year, and the 5th year in a row that we’ve been able to support the fest with a special beer release.

 

5 YEARS AND COUNTING!

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

This year the festival includes both In-Person screenings & Online viewing, running from February 9-19th.  For In-Person events, expect over 100 films, as well as live concerts and industry events/workshops.  For online viewing, you can expect over 15+ film programs, live events, artists talks, etc.

Get your passes HERE!

Each year we get the chance to sponsor a film screening, and this year our pick was The Empress of Vancouver 

The Empress of Vancouver is a cinematic and intimate collision of drag, queer history, and performance art, a musical and genre bending irreverent documentary that follows trans icon Oliv Howe as she prepares for the 40th anniversary of her coronation.

Be sure to check it out at the YUKON THEATER Feb 12th!

 

ABOUT THE BEER

Our Available Light IPA is available today, Thursday, January 26th.   Once the festival kicks off in two weeks, it will also be available during screenings at the Yukon Theater! 

It’s one of our favourite IPA recipes.  This year we brewed it with Hammer Malts' barley and wheat (from Westlock, AB).  The light malt body sets the stage for the juicy dinamic duo of Mosaic and Cashmere hops.   We love the grassy, ripe tropical fruit, and berry notes of this combo.

Come and get it in 4-packs and growler fills to go, as well as on tap to enjoy in the Tasting Room.   Order ONLINE for easy local pickup.



Another Great Year

January 05, 2023

Another Great Year


Thank you for another great year!  We feel so lucky to get to brew and serve beer here in the Yukon.  This community is so amazing, and we are proud to be a part of such a thriving and inspiring business community! 

We owe a huge thanks to our amazing team for another fantastic year.  We couldn’t do what we do without all of them!

We started this business to follow our passion and share it with others. We had no idea we would get to where we are now! 

Our success has allowed us to become a force for good in our community, while creating a workplace that is respectful, supportive, and open.  We endeavour to continue to make work easy and fun for our staff, to reduce our environmental impacts where we can, and to continue giving back to our community.

Cheers to more of all that in the future!

 

Highlights of 2022

Here’s looking at some highlights from 2022:

  • New Warehouse Space: Over the spring and summer we built a new warehouse. This space has allowed us to stockpile ingredients and supplies (yay cost savings), while also freeing up space in the brewery (yay more space).
  • We produced 37 MWh of solar energy in 2022 from our rooftop solar array on the top of the brewery.  We are working with Solvest to add solar panels to the new warehouse roof in 2023.
  • Landed Bakehouse opened next door. It’s so great to have their oh so good Scotch Eggs & Savoury Pies in the Tasting Room again.  Their Saturday bake sales are also a huge bonus to the Sima neighbourhood. We look forward to collaborating more in 2023.
  • Beer Festivals Returned after a 2-year hiatus!  We poured our brews at both the Haines Beer Fest in Alaska and the Great Canadian Brewing Festival in Victoria, BC.
  • We celebrated our 7th Anniversary!  There were DJs, there was Landed Bakehouse food, there was an anniversary beer (Rainbow Brite) with a portion of proceeds going to the fabulous people at Pride Yukon!
  • Brewing with Friends: We brewed some tasty beer collaborations this year.  One with new friends from Container Brewing (out of Vancouver, BC) and one with our long-time pals at Woodcutters Brewing, right here in Whitehorse!  Pssst… There’s more to come from Woodcutters and Winterlong in 2023!
  • We put some new beers in cans for the first time, including our: Headspace Kveik IPA, High Noon Hefeweizen, Rainbow Brite Fruit Sour, Tragic Vision Oak-Aged Barleywine, and our Oktoberfest Festbier.  It's always exciting when our designer, Mary, gets to design a new can label for us!
  • We participated in our 3rd Annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day!  We were also chosen as one of five places in Canada to help select the next Pink Boots Hop Blend!  We look forward to using this latest hop blend in our 4th annual release of our Witch Craft IPA!
  • We donated nearly $17,000 this year through sponsorship and direct donations.  This is a big thanks to the amazing support we get from Yukoners and visitors!

 

Pacific Spirit was our west coast collaboration with CONTAINER BREWING (Vancouver, BC).  There may still be some 4-packs kicking around in BC!

 

We were stoked to have Michael from Landed Bakehouse and his team serving up delightful food on our 7th Bday celebration.

 

Our rooftop solar array harnessed the suns energy for us, starting in mid-April through to mid-October!  

 

The New Year Ahead

As with every NEW YEAR, there is a lot to look forward to from new beers, fun events, celebrations, and of course just enjoying where we live!

To whet your appetite, look for these beers in the next couple months:

  • AVAILABLE LIGHT IPA
  • SNAG COLD IPA – Collab with Woodcutters Brewing
  • SECRET DESTROYER FRUIT SOUR
  • GARAGE JAMS FRUIT SOUR

Cheers to doing what we love! Be sure to keep in touch and follow along on what’s to come in 2023.

 



A West Coast Collaboration

September 07, 2022

A West Coast Collaboration


Last week we kicked off September with a collaboration brew with CONTAINER BREWING out of Vancouver.  Their Head Brewer, Dave, made the trek up here to enjoy a well-deserved vacation as well as fit in a brew with us.  

Container Brewing has a very well-rounded beer lineup as they tackle many different beer styles really well, so we were excited to brew with them. During the planning stages for our collaboration, we shared some beers back and forth to help the ideas flow.  We settled on a, dare we say, old school double IPA.  

 

Teamwork was required for mashing out this BIG beer!

 

Collab crew.

 

As beer lovers who have both cut our teeth on the West Coast, we all have a soft spot for those big, citrusy, resinous, almost abrasively bitter IPAs from the early 2000s.  What better way to celebrate a West Coast collaboration than by brewing a double IPA with some of the best, classic West Coast hops – Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe.

Let us introduce you to, PACIFIC SPIRIT, named for the regional park located in the very west of Vancouver, on the endowment lands of the University of British Columbia. This is where we (Marko and I) lived during our formative university days and where we ultimately started homebrewing for the first time.  Walks in Pacific Spirit Park were a daily occurrence, as we soaked in the goodness of the West Coast greenery, among the big Western Red Cedars, Douglas Fir and Western Hemlocks.

Being in the Yukon, we certainly miss those big trees, but certainly not the rain.  Only time will tell if we've been able to recreate that nostalgia for our West Coast days, with this special beer!

Pacific Spirit Double IPA is due in about two weeks!  Stay tuned to social media for final release date details.

 

Cheers to a West Coast collaboration.

 

 



Fall - It's GO TIME

August 29, 2022

Fall - It's GO TIME


Fall is in the air. Yay to fall colours, northern lights, and stars!   Labour Day Weekend is just around the corner and we're open REGULAR HOURS 12-7 pm daily.

It's also the GO TIME to finish all those outdoor projects.  Our new storage building out back is just waiting on the final dirt work and we're good to go.

We sure have been swamped this summer, with the first busy tourist season in a couple years since the pandemic started.  It  has been great to see visitors around again and for all the bars and restaurants to be doing well serving up local beer! 

If we are being honest though, it has been hard to keep up again!  The tap list and store shelves have dwindled in response. Never fear, we’re working to get a full board again! 

Here are some releases and events you can look forward to this Fall.

 

September Releases

Moonbase Freedom Hazy IPA dropped last Friday; the last batch of Spruce Tip is coming mid-September (keep an eye out for pre-order info); HazySexyCoool and Haze Junction will grace the taps again at the end of September.

This week we’re brewing a special Collaboration Beer with some new friends from Vancouver, BC - Container Brewing.  Stoked to share more soon, but you can expect to try this beer at the end of September.

 

 

Oktoberfest 

Our Oktoberfest Festbier will return for our annual Oktoberfest Celebration (September 24-25th).  Tickets for this event will be released soon. Follow our Facebook event, Instagram page, or sign up for our newsletter to get first dibs (subscribe at the bottom of this page). 

This year we are hosting the event over two days and will also have the Festbier available in cans!  Get your Dirndl and Ledershosen ready and prepare your drinking muscles to drink from a 1L Maßkrug.

 

 

October & Beyond Releases

In October, you can expect our next Kettle Sour Release - >  Surfer Rosa Gose w/ Rose Hips as well as some bigger annual-release beers —> Divine Intervention Barrel-Aged Belgian-style Tripel & Neptune Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Coconut & Cocoa Nibs.   

We have some other dark beers on the horizon that we're brewing in October (to be released in November), our award-winning Black IPA -> Nightshade as well as an old seasonal -> Log Splitter Smoked Porter!  

 

 

Great Canadian Beer Festival 

The Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Victoria, BC, after a 2-year hiatus.  We are happy to be a part of it again, so BC Friends, get your tickets and come to Booth 67 on September 9th or 10th.  Tickets are available through the Victoria Beer Society!  We'll be pouring HazySexyCool Hazy IPA, Weekend Warrior West Coast IPA, Pingo Pale Ale and Mountain Hero Saison.  We also have some sweet swag to give away to the first few visitors each day!

 

Find Winterlong at Booth 67 at the 2022 GCBF in Victoria.



Pink Boots Hop Selection

August 23, 2022

Pink Boots Hop Selection


Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting the first ever Pink Boots Hop Blend selection here in the Yukon!   Each year, Pink Boots Society members from around the world get to select the hop varieties that go into making the next years' hop blend.  The hop blend put out by Yakima Chief Hops each year, is a major fundraiser for the Pink Boots Society, as Yakima Chief donates $3 from each pound sold.  We've used the Pink Boots Hop Blend for the past three years in our Women's Day Brew of Witch Craft IPA. This years' blend is the 6th annual blend to be released.

 

 

As Canada only has one Pink Boots Chapter, the Canadian Chapter was allotted 6 hop blend kits to distribute, and Winterlong applied and was drawn at random.  We quickly reached out to all the local breweries to invite any of their female, non-binary, female-identifying folks to join our team for a fun hop selection event.  In the end, we ended up with 11 of us with representation from 4 of the 5 breweries in the Yukon - Winterlong, Yukon Brewing, Woodcutter's Brewing, and Polarity Brewing.  We brought diverse representation from the brewing industry, covering owners, to brewers, to front of house staff, and marketing and sponsorship coordinators.

 

 

We received the 14 (top secret) hop samples, and got sniffing!  Yakima Chief Hops provided Sensory Information and Ballots to assess each hop.  It was a great learning opportunity for all of us and we narrowed down our selection to our top seven varieties and submitted that to the Canadian Pink Boots Chapter to compile. We can't wait to see what the final blend comes down to and brew with it in 2023!

 



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