Our roof got a makeover last month with the addition of 192 solar modules. This translates to a 73.9 kW solar system installed by the awesome team at SOLVEST.
When they came to us with a proposal this past April, it was a no brainer. The timing was right, as we now owned the building and there were some great government incentives. Thanks to our building’s height and low roof angle, both the north and south facing roofs were good candidates for solar production, maximizing our potential.
Drone photo (credit: Solvest).
In the Yukon, the cost of energy is an ongoing concern and is always on the rise. With literally everything in our brewery running on electricity, it made economic sense to harness our own energy for on-site use, while selling any excess back to the Yukon electrical grid. And why not use the most abundant resource on the earth, the sun!
Of course the environmental benefits are huge too, as solar power can play a big role in helping the world reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse global warming. SIDE NOTE: Rooftop Solar was rated as the #10 solution out of a total of 100 emission-reduction solutions, assessed in the very well-researched book, 'Drawdown', Edited by Paul Hawken (April 2017). Check out the organization's website here: https://drawdown.org/solutions
North and south rooftop solar panels (photo credit: Solvest).
Surprisingly, solar power has been around since the 1880s. It is nothing new. But it seems to only be gaining traction in the Yukon recently. That must be thanks to more affordable panels, government incentives, and the already high cost of electricity in the Yukon. It sure feels great to get in on it.
Now we’re ready to tackle any power outages that come our way… as long as it’s between March and October!
Let that sunshine in!
We have a new beer to add the saga of our Franklin Expedition inspired stouts. Our latest creation was named for the Newfoundlander dog, Neptune, who was brought along on the ill-fated journey.
This strong stout was aged in the same bourbon barrels as our Terror 2020 for five months. To change it up we tried something new, by conditioning the beer on 50 lbs of toasted organic coconut and 11 lbs of Arriba Criollo organic cocoa nibs. It was a labour of love as the entire process took 6 hours of painstakingly toasting every single flake and nib in the oven and on the stove. It will be damned tasty though.
The joys of toasting flaked coconut for 6 hours straight.
This new stout comes in at a nice 7.5% ABV, and remains full-flavoured and full-bodied, with just the right hit of coconut, chocolate and oaky-bourbon goodness.
It will be available in single cans at the brewery starting this Friday. It will be available for online orders via our website starting tonight at 7 pm.
We bagged the coconut and cocoa nibs (4 bags full) and put them our brite tank, where the barrel-aged stout was then transferred.
Our first batch of the coveted Spruce Tip Pale Ale for 2020, will be released this coming Monday (June 29th).
This will be the first time this beer will be available in cans, so naturally Mary designed a brand-new label, which is always exciting. For many Yukoners, our Spruce Tip has become a holy grail of beers. People go crazy for the stuff and we have already lost count of the number of phone calls and messages we’ve received over the last month, asking when it will be coming out.
We attribute the popularity of this beer to a combination of things - its uniqueness, approachability, and the fact that it is limited and seasonal.
UNIQUE - While we were exposed to our first spruce tip beers in Alaska after moving to the Yukon, lately we have seen spruce tip beers gaining more traction in southern climes as well. Of course, all beers made with spruce tips will have some of that classic spruce flavour, but we all put a different twist on it. The character of that spruce flavour will also depend on the tree species, when they were picked and how they were used in the brew.
APPROACHABLE - For our recipe, we boil our spruce tips in the wort for 60 minutes, which we believe extracts a ton of complex sugars, that carry through the beer to the end. While yes you get a bit of the classic citrus and spruce tree flavours from eating a fresh tip, you also get a berry-like character (people say raspberry) from the complex sugars that the brewing yeast can’t eat. It is a very approachable beer in that it is not bitter and has some of that residual sweetness.
LIMITED - It is also a truly seasonal beer, as we only handpick enough for a few batches a year. That makes it extra special. In the past we’ve sold out of the first batch in a day! As we’ve increased our production capacity we’ve been able to keep it around a day or two longer. However, there’s no doubt it will go surprisingly fast.
While most of the production will be going into 4-pack cans, we will also have a few kegs for onsite enjoyment (sorry no Growler Fills still for now). Also thanks to our online store, you can secure your allotment and don’t have to be here first thing to get it on site. It will be added to the store on Sunday night. Just make sure to save some for everyone else! Subsequent batches will be available in July and August.
Wow, so last week’s announcement took us by surprise. We had no expectations for when bars would be able to re-open and completely assumed it would not be until the fall at the earliest, not this Friday (June 19th).
We have a few days left to prep for our re-opening for on site consumption - that means draught beer will be back on in some capacity!
STEP 1 has been to keg some beer ASAP. We will have four beers on tap for Friday’s opening day and more on the way!
STEP 2 has been to review the new guidelines for bars to re-open and put together our Operational Plan for review. We were approved today.
Like any business re-opening during these COVID-19 times, things will be quite different. Other than the now normal signage on Physical Distancing and Staying Home when Sick and the ever-present Hand Sanitizer, here are the main things you need to know for your upcoming visit.
So yes, things will be different. It will not quite be like what you remember. We ask that you respect physical distancing with other tables and our staff and limit your visiting to your own crew as much as possible.
And let’s all share the love of Winterlong! If it is busy with a line-up of people waiting for tables, let’s all enjoy our beer in a respectful amount of time, not rushing, but not lingering. There’s always beer to go.
We are sure there will be adjustments, so we hope you can be patient and let us work out any kinks! We look forward to welcoming you into this new normal, starting this Friday.
It’s a birthday tradition to give back to our customers, so over the next four days we will be quizzing our fans on various Winterlong Trivia.
There will be question a day for a chance to win a sweet prize. To be fair we will have a separate question on each platform: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
HOW IT WORKS
Questions will appear around 10 am each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Different questions will be posted on each of our accounts: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
First with correct answer, wins.
If the correct answer hasn’t been submitted by 12 pm. Depending on the answer, the closest will win or a clue will be provided.
NO current/former staff are allowed to enter.
MUST live in CANADA.
FOLLOW Winterlong on the social media platform in question, so we can contact you if you win.
First questions are coming soon! Lots of fabulous merch as prizes to win.