Seems that summer has just begun, and we hope there is more in store! Regardless of the summer weather we get, you can be sure to find some great beer for company. Check out our beer release scheduled for June, July and August as well as some other exciting news below.
We've got all our spruce tips for the summer!
Secret Destroyer soon to enjoy some great camping weather.
We are kicking off the first Beer Garden at the Fireweed Community Market this Thursday, June 17th! Support local makers and producers and treat yourself to a tasty local beer. We will be open 3-7 pm with last call at 6:30 pm.
Find us every Thursday Market serving up fresh cans of local beer!
All the pieces are coming together for a great summer and rest of the year!
Winterlong Beer Garden - Fence construction is complete and the remaining construction and site prep is coming along. We have plans for a variety of seating, some covered areas for shade and/or rain, and some garden beds for greenery. It will be a nice upgrade from the temporary blue fencing we had last year. We hope by early July we will have this new space open, pending all approvals.
New Parking - If you’ve been out to the brewery lately, you’ll know that we’ve got a brand new ‘official’ parking area on the neighbouring lot. The beer garden has taken over our front parking, so it was a priority for us to secure more parking spots. We still have parking along the fence and behind the brewery as well. The lease of the neighbouring lot also includes the building on site, which we have some exciting plans for that involves some other local makers.
Increased Capacity - Our third bathroom is still in the works and will allows us to increase our capacity.
Look mom, we are at hole #1!!! Beer and golf go hand in hand, so we sponsored a hole at Meadow Lakes Golf Course, just down the road from us. Our beer is also available for purchase on site now and we'll soon have some Winterlong branded golf balls in hand!
The past year has definitely felt like everyday was a bit of the same (#groundhogday) when we were in the thick of COVID restrictions. But we've come a long way and have much to be thankful for, particularly the ability to celebrate our anniversary to some extent in person thanks to vaccines and Yukoners being so good at following the rules!
Join us SATURDAY, JUNE 5th from 12-7 pm for a little Anniversary Celebration.
Check out our facebook event page for updates.
Along with the Groundhog Day theme, we are re-making some previously released beers, each with a new twist. Both beers are available on tap, for in-house enjoyment and to-go in CANS & GROWLERS. Pre-orders for cans will go on sale the day before, on June 4 @ 8 pm - set your alarms and head to our online store.
ACID JAZZ Hazy Dry-Hopped Sour (4%)
It has been a few years since we've brewed this beer. We decided to make it a hazy version as why not have the best of both worlds and really showcase a groove-worthy smooth beer for this hopped-up, kettle sour.
VELVET THUNDER Hazy Double IPA w/ Peach (8.5%)
Another déjà vu, that we brewed for our 4th Anniversary Celebration. This time, we took this super luscious double IPA to new heights of decadence with the addition of peach puree and Idaho 7 and El Dorado hops.
Because it has to be said, LOUD and CLEAR:
We WILL NOT tolerate harassment and abuse towards our staff.
WINTERLONG is a SAFE SPACE for all genders, races, sexual-orientations, and abilities.
WE will REFUSE service if you are being inappropriate, offensive or abusive towards staff or other customers.
We will DISCIPLINE staff for not following our Policy on Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination.
WHY IS THIS NOT A GIVEN? WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO A BLOG POST, SOCIAL MEDIA POST & SIGNAGE ABOUT THIS? WHY ARE WE YELLING?
Because Enough is Enough!
It is NOT acceptable to make sexual, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, biphobic, ableist comments HERE or ANYWHERE.
We provide a safe workplace where people can express themselves however they choose in a respectful way.
We can all do better, by listening and standing in support of people sharing their experiences, calling out bad behaviour and damaging language (no matter how seemingly benign).
If you are wondering why there is a post about this now. It is because we are in another watershed moment, with sweeping accusations across the industry. Check out the latest CRAFT BEER NEWS, and check out @ratmagnet on Instagram for the amazing work she is doing to broadcast people’s stories of sexism, racism and harassment.
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!