April is flying by, with May already around the corner! The crocuses are even starting to pop up, even with a chilly -10 C this morning and snow flying yesterday. Still we've got our patio open with a beer garden in the works out front. Read on below for a breakdown of beer releases, food specials and growler fill updates!
As we say goodbye to winter, we are also saying goodbye to the last of some of our fall and winter seasonal beers, like LOG SPLITTER Smoked Porter (there’s a few pints left in the last keg), FIREBEAN Rye Coffee Porter (she gone!) and NIGHTSHADE Black IPA (on tap now while supplies last). In their places, we have both NEW and RETURNING favourites:
DREAM MACHINE IPA w/ Nelson Hops (6.8%) – An experimental, single batch brew available for draught only. This beer was inspired by some delicious IPAs we tried in San Diego (pre-COVID) and we’ve wanted to play around with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand ever since. This brew is a biscuity and dank masterpiece with loads of flavour. Outside of the brewery, Gather Café & Taphouse will have some on tap soon.
SECRET DESTROYER Fruit Sour (6.3%) – We hear ya, it’s been too long since we had a sour available. Enter your favourite Passion Fruit and Guava sour. The release date is on Tuesday, May 4th, with pre-sales for 4-packs going on sale Monday May 3rd (at 8 pm). Set your calendars!
MOONBASE FREEDOM Hazy IPA (6%) – This favourite is our current Hazy IPA offering, and this batch is back where we want it – ever so soft and smooth, tropical and dank. Available in cans and on tap.
TRUCKSTOP POETRY Hazy IPA (6.3%) – This hazy IPA is next in line, we brewed it just this week, so look for it in mid-May.
ANNIVERSARY BEER RELEASES – We are going to keep these a secret for a bit longer as they will be released in early-June, but as a little teaser we are releasing, not 1 but 2 anniversary beers, which you may consider revamped beers we have brewed before! We are beyond stoked for these.
Sour beer lovers rejoice! We'll have this tropical and tart kettle sour available May 4th.
The latest batch of MBF is available NOW, in cans and on tap.
We are pleased to announce that we will be filling ALL GROWLERS again starting May 1st and that our Growler Exchange Program has run its course. You can finally dust off those Stanley insulated growlers!
With active cases at zero, borders closed, and those vaccination rates getting up there (yay YUKON, keep up the good work), we are in a good position to relax this measure. Trust that we are still implementing sanitary procedures when filling your growlers.
We still need you to ensure your growlers are CLEAN, by rinsing them thoroughly (with warm water) following use and letting them air dry with their lids off. Please don’t bring in a DIRTY growler and ask us to fill it with our delicious beer. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not to mention disrespecting the beer and our awesome staff.
On May 1st, we will no longer be taking back used growlers. We will have the used stock available for free, while it lasts.
Fridays have become PIE DAYS, with a selection of savoury pies being delivered from LANDED BAKEHOUSE every Friday after 3 pm. Come and get 'em.
We've still go our usual Scotch Eggs from LANDED BAKEHOUSE available weekly between Thursday-Monday. And don't forget Swiss Bakery Pretzels come in every Wednesday for our Pint & Pretzel deal.
Uber flaky crust with veggie or meat options delivered on FRIDAYS.
The annual release of two beloved beers is near! EREBUS & TERROR our Imperial Stouts will be available this Monday, April 12th, which also happens to be the date of our Yukon Territorial Election. What better way to watch the votes come in, than with two smooth and roasty imperial stouts at your side.
If you need a refresher on these two beers we've been brewing for the past 5-6 years, read on to the end as we also have details on some special merch!
The unabashed version, is a straight-up Imperial Stout coming in at 8.5%. It's smooth, roasty, and chocolatey in all the rights ways. This beer will be available in cans as well as on draught.
Terror is the barrel-aged version of Erebus. It's boozier, at 10% after having spent several months in bourbon barrels. Flavours of chocolate, licorice, molasses intermingle with hints of vanilla, caramel and toasted oak from the barrel aging. This one will just get better and better with age too.
Both cans are available in singles, as well as in a mixed pack (2 of each).
Some of our Brewery Team tasting Terror straight out of the barrels prior to blending.
The third beer, in this Franklin Expedition beer saga, is NEPTUNE…. which is not ready yet, as it is aged in the barrels that previously held Terror, so is just getting into the oak barrels now. After that several months in barrels, it will be then conditioned on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs prior to packaging, so look for this beer in the summer. This will be the second year we've brewed this one and it is a real treat as well.
We finally got our act together on getting some matching merch to go with these beers. We have special branded glassware available starting on the release day (aka Monday), as well as T-Shirts towards the end of the month. So look out for those soon in store and on our online shop.
Cheers to another snowy weekend - WINTER 2020/2021 is damned LONG!
Some witchcraft was going on at the brewery recently. Yes, the crafty women of Winterlong were at it again, brewing up our International Women’s Day beer, WITCH CRAFT IPA (version 2.0) on Valentines Day.
This year we registered our brew with both the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day and the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day, to join with hundreds of other breweries around the world, uniting and amplifying women’s voices in the beer industry. Curious about women’s long history in brewing, check out our blog post from last year.
Pink Boots Brew Day 2021 Map (as of Feb 19). We are on the map, along with over 200 other breweries from around the world.
This year’s version of WITCH CRAFT IPA, utilizes the same base IPA recipe as last year with the change-up in the annual Pink Boots Hop Blend from Yakima Chief Hops. This year’s hop blend, selected ‘virtually’ by Pink Boots Society members across the globe, consists of Cashmere, Ahtanum®, Citra®, Loral® & Sabro® brand hops, creating a blend with tropical, herbal, citrus & woody aromatic qualities. It sure smelled fantastic in the brewery when we added our whirlpool hops!
Spider FLAVOUR Graph of the new Pink Boots Hop Blend.
We had some new team members join us ‘veterans’ this year, with a grand total of 9 women participating. That is a 50% increase from last years brew day. It was a blast as usual, as all of us worked hard, played hard and laughed hard. What happens on women's brew day, stays on women's brew day! We feel lucky to live in the Yukon where we could safely all brew together during the pandemic. We know this year’s collaboration brew days may be trickier in other jurisdictions across the country and around the world with COVID.
Pictures from our Women's Brew Day Feb 14th, 2021.
This year we brewed the beer so that we could have it ready to serve on International Women’s Day (March 8).
Join us for International Women’s Day on Monday March 8th, where $1 from every pint sold will go to the Pink Boots Society (including our very own Canadian Chapter).
In addition to our IWD event, we will be donating a $2 from every 4-pack of Witch Craft IPA that is sold at the brewery to various Yukon women’s organizations (including the Dawson Women's Shelter & Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre). We brewed a double batch this year so that there is more to go around and so we can raise more funds!
We’ve teamed up with the Yukon Beer Festival Society who is creating a series of Virtual Tasting Events showcasing local breweries here in the Yukon. Winterlong and our Witch Craft IPA will be featured during the the March 10th event, where you will see footage from the brewery in action, as well as interview material and a live Q&A with the Winterlong Founders - Meghan & Marko.
All you need to do is pick up a 4-pack of the Witch Craft IPA ahead of time and register with the YBFS. The event is FREE, aside from purchasing the beer! Check out their facebook event for details on how to register or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Friday is our 3rd annual release of Available Light IPA, the ‘Official Beer’ of the Available Light Film Festival. The film fest may be a little different this year with COVID at play, but the beer is the same great beer you’ll remember from past years.
With one of our highest dry hopping rates of any of our beers, this IPA is bursting with super grassy and exotic hop flavours from its leading actors, Cashmere and Mosaic. It also features malted barley from our friends at Red Shed Malting along with malted wheat and flaked oats for a beautiful light colour and silky smooth body.
Available Light IPA will be availble in 4-packs to go (available in-store or online) and on tap for onsite consumption. We will only have one keg so no growler fills of this one.
While the beer is available this Friday, the Available Light Film Festival starts next Friday, Feb 5th and runs until Feb 22nd. This year, as expected, there is an online/virtual component as well as actual in-cinema screenings. Check out the program online here.
To make your Movie Night at home even better, we’ve teamed up with Klondike Kettle Corn and the Yukon Film Society to bring you the ALFF Festival Experience Pack. These Festival Packs include two bags of Klondike Kettle Corn gourmet flavoured popcorn, a $25 Winterlong Gift Card (so you can pick up a 4-pack of Available Light IPA) and a 2021 YFS membership option. Get the Festival Experience Pack for a great value here.
Be sure to check out the film we chose to sponsor this year, Little Orphans (dir. Ruth Lawrence), a Canadian film from Newfoundland & Labrador, which boasts a cast and crew of over 50% women and is in the running for greatest number of awkward human moments of any film at ALFF 2021.
Lastly, the Yukon Film Society has an awesome social media giveaway going on this week on their Facebook and Instagram (@yukonfilmsociety) pages. Follow, share and tag your friends to enter to win ONE Festival Experience Pack with a special ticket combo for virtual screenings (ONE Ticket for Little Orphans and ONE Ticket for Shiva Baby).
This past year was truly one for the history books! Who knew we would all collectively go through the huge challenges of a global pandemic together. Thankfully, we’ve never felt more lucky to call the Yukon home!
Still, it has been hard on all of us, many have struggled and some more than others. We’ve all experienced a bit of a roller coaster and let us tell you, owning and running a business sure adds another level to things.
2020 was the year nearly everything was canceled. It started with the Arctic Winter Games that were to be held in Whitehorse, then the Yukon Comedy Festival, then our 5th Anniversary Celebration and the Haines Beer Festival (we miss you Haines). Several brewery collaborations were put on hold, everyones' favourite music festivals were canceled and our local Yukon Craft Beer Festival was canceled as well.
But despite the pandemic, there were many highlights and milestones in 2020 for Winterlong:
We are proud to say we never once turned down the chance to support a local cause in 2020. More than ever, it was (and is) important for us to support our local community as much as they support us. Obviously we couldn't have gotten through the last year without our community and amazing staff!
We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves for 2021, but we can say that the challenges in 2020 have made us all stronger, and we look forward to brewing up a storm as always.