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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
We are pleased to announce the kickoff of another fundraiser this week, for one of our local ROTARY CLUBS.
We’ve partnered with the WHITEHORSE RENDEZVOUS CLUB to release a collaborative growler and special draught-only beer release on June 22nd. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club (Growlers & Beer).
To kick off the occasion, we will be hosting Rotarians on June 22nd at 5 pm, including the incoming Rotary International President, Jennifer E. Jones, the first woman to hold office in the organization's 115-year history! We will release the beer and the growlers at the event.
We’ve crafted a special draught-only release perfect for summer,based off our new summer seasonal, High Noon Hefeweizen (aka German wheat beer). These summery wheat beers are the perfect base for fruit additions, and we've always wanted to try our hands at a pineapple Hefeweizens so this was a great opportunity to give it a try. There's only 1 keg so make sure to come try it soon.
Rotary is a humanitarian service organization with 46,000 clubs worldwide, and a total membership of 1.4 million individuals. They are dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. If you grew up in a small Canadian town, they probably had a Rotary Club, that held fundraisers to raise money for many worthy local and global causes.
Rotary's 7 Areas of Focus are:
Find out more about the Whitehorse Rendezvous Club on their website. And come out and buy a new grolwer and grab some beer to help us support some amazing causes.
Well, our harvest is complete, and the first batch of Spruce Tip Pale Ale is already in the tank!
The release date is this Saturday, June 18, 2022! Pre-Orders of a select number of cans will be available on our online store starting Friday Night at 8 pm (max of 1 case per person) with the remainder available for walk-ins on Saturday.
We saved a few cans of from the August 2021 batch to help with the harvest. This beer ages surprisingly well!
If you know you know, this is one of our most popular brews! People we haven’t seen since the last batch ran out the previous year, come out of the woodwork again. The online orders typically sell out in 10 minutes or less. Line ups start before opening on release day.
It's not surprising people go wild for the unique raspberry and citrusy character that the spruce tips contribute. It's a very refreshing and approachable beer.
Never fear if you miss the pre-orders or don't have time to come by first thing on release day, we have lots to go around and more batches on the way. When the 4-packs sell out, we still have some on tap for pints and growler fills. And we have enough for hopefully four batches this year, so look for it mid-month again in July, August and September!