We are finally on our way to recovery after several weekends of celebrating. Over the last month, we won an awesome local award, celebrated our brewery’s birthday and partied in Haines at the Beer Festival. Read more about these events and what beers are coming up in June.
We were honoured to receive the Best New Business Award from the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce on May 16th. It gave us the opportunity to reflect and realize how lucky we are to run a business in this city and territory where people support local and take pride in what we are doing. It’s a big thanks to all of you and our amazing staff!
This year we celebrated our brewery’s 3rd birthday and wanted to thank all that came out to our shindig on May 19th, as well as those who celebrated with us in spirit. The weather cooperated, hooray! The beer garden was a lot of fun with burgers on the grill and lawn games. We gave away $400 worth of door prizes and free doughnuts. Our buds from Wayfarer Oyster Bar shucked their hearts out and the Boys and Girls Club Yukon tired out the kids for their afternoon naps. Thanks to all of you that came out we were able to donate a quarter of our draught sales from the day to the Boys and Girls Club. Success all around!
Crafts with the Boys and Girls Club Yukon.
BBQ Burgers on the grill paired well with sunshine and a pint of Haze Junction NEIPA.
Birthday treats made by Michael.
The next weekend after the birthday party we were off to Haines, Alaska for the 26th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer & Home Brew Festival. This was our fourth year serving as a brewery and we had Alex, Jen and Robert helping us out. Jeremy, Colin and Kevin stayed behind to keep the brewery and Tasting Room rocking along (thanks guys!).
The weather this year was a little lacklustre, with mostly rain. We quickly learned that we should have sold toques and hoodies versus tshirts this year. But rain or shine, a beer festival is always a great place to be. Our two beers, Acid Jazz and Haze Junction, both ran out right at the end, so perfect timing!
Our Beer Fest Crew (where was Marko?).
Now we’re back to work readying ourselves for the summer ahead. You have likely noticed our beer on draught at more local bars and restaurants around the Yukon now. We keep getting interest from more fine establishments, so always make sure to ask for Winterlong Beer wherever you go!
We just released a new beer, Surfer Rosa (4%). This is our original gose recipe with the addition of rose hips, which provide a subtle floral earthy sweetness to this refreshingly tart ale. We bottled this batch with some also going out the door to YLC.
New Beer Release: Surfer Rosa Gose!
It is also almost that time of year again, when we brew our first batch of Spruce Tip Pale Ale. The anticipated release will be June 20th, with plenty of bottles and kegs for draught and growler fills. We’re also brewing our next batch of HazySexyCool NEIPA next week, to be released around June 25th. Our next batch of our crushable pilsner, Jagged Little Pils will be out at the end of June.
Bring on summer!
The coveted Spruce Tips for our 2018 batches.
We’re turning three and want to celebrate this milestone in a big way on May 19th, 2018 (12-8 pm). We're trying out a beer garden for the day so we can accommodate more people. As always, we will have special food, a special beer release and prizes. New this year we’re going to have a Kid Zone, teaming up with the fabulous Boys & Girls Club Yukon. See below for details.
BBQ Burgers - 12-3 pm (until they run out). Local Beef Patties with Fresh Brioche Buns and the fixings, plus a grilled Portobello burger as a vegetarian option this year.
Free donuts - 12 pm until they are gone.
Wayfarer Oyster Bar - 3-6 pm with Two-Bucks-a-Shuck Oysters!
We will still have our regular savoury pies & scotch eggs and light snacks.
We’ve made a special ‘birthday batch’ of our Haze Junction Session NEIPA with a new dry hop addition. Say hello to the Denali hop. Denali is known for its rich pineapple and citrus flavours, which will complement our already super juicy, hazy creation. It should hit the spot for the birthday celebrations. Available for pints, tasters and growlers. We will also be bringing this one to the Haines Beer Festival on May 26, 2018.
We are getting a special 1-day permit for a beer garden out front from 12-8 pm, complete with picnic tables, tent, and lawn games. Now we just need the notoriously bad May-long weekend weather to cooperate.
As always, we are a family friendly establishment and this year we want to treat those kids that are always dragged along to the brewery with their parents to some kid-centric fun on our birthday. We’ve got the Boys and Girls Club Yukon running a KID ZONE from 12-3 pm, with arts & crafts, minute-to-win-it games, bowling, jenga, ring toss & bean bag toss, etc. Of course this is not a babysitting service! You are still required to supervise your kids, but you can do so from the comfort of the beer garden.
A donation from a portion of the draught sales will be provided to the Boys and Girls Club Yukon in helping them fundraise for their various programs. We are happy to be able to help out a local organization that provides a safe and supportive place where children and youth can learn to build positive relationships and overcome barriers.
We’ll be giving away loads of prizes all day. It’s all a big thankyou for coming along with us for this crazy ride of opening and operating a brewery.
Can’t wait to see you all May 19th!
Deviate (noun, dee-vee-it): old-fashioned term for deviant, a ‘person’ that departs from usual or accepted standards.
Dark beer lovers rejoice! We’ve got a new dark beer coming out this weekend in bottles and on tap (available Saturday, March 31).
Maybe it’s been the multiple cold spells we’ve had here in the Yukon this past winter that left us craving dark beers. This winter has felt so loooonnnnnngggg!
One of our favourite beer styles is an Imperial Stout. It’s strong, dark and complex. We currently have two versions, Erebus and Terror, which come out once a year. Our newest creation incorporates a special twist not often seen in a stout, the use of Belgian yeast.
A Belgian Stout is not a traditional beer brewed in Belgium, nor is it an official beer style per se. But that doesn’t stop craft brewers from being innovative. Like true deviants, craft brewers like to mix things up and push the boundaries of styles, so we’ve taken inspiration from some of the best.
Our version incorporates eight different types of malt to get complex flavours of chocolate, coffee, raisin and molasses. The Belgian Abbaye ale yeast ads prominent flavours and aromas of fig, prune, banana, clove and pepper. You will definitely want to enjoy this beer a little warmer like our other Imperial Stouts to let the flavours shine (8-12°C).
The Deviate Belgian-style Stout (8.5%) will be available in 650 mL bottles at our Tasting Room as well as through the Yukon Liquor Corporation. We also have one very special keg for draught sales in our Tasting Room, while supplies last. As always, we recommend enjoying it fresh as well as saving a few bottles to age and see how the flavours develop in complexity over a few months.
We’re releasing a brand new beer at the end of the week, Acid Jazz (4.5%), a dry-hopped kettle sour.
You may remember our first venture into the world of kettle souring, our Surfer Gose. We’ve since made two batches of the gose, but wanted to try a completely different type of kettle sour, that features some juicy hop varieties.
We decided to try out a new hop to us, Ekuanot (the hop formerly known as Equinox) along with Galaxy (one of our favourites). Ekuanot is known for its aromas and flavours of melon, berry, orange peel, lime, papaya and fresh peppers. Combined with Galaxy, which boasts distinct passionfruit and citrus aromas, we thought it could be a match made in heaven to complement the sourness.
A lactobacillus culture (lactic acid producing bacteria, like what’s used in making yoghurt) was added to the wort prior to boiling to sour the beer over 24 hours. Once the desired sourness level was reached we boiled the wort to kill off the bacteria and continued with the brew as usual.
To keep any bitterness to a minimum, we didn’t add any hops during the brew. All the hops were added after fermentation as dry hops to maximize aroma and flavour. It turned out to be a huge citrus bomb, with aromas and flavours of orange peel, lime and grapefruit pith, with a slight tropical twang.
Acid Jazz is refreshingly tart through and through and will be released this Friday. It’s a great beer to ring in spring, even though spring doesn’t really show up for another month for us Yukoners.
We got a new toy last week, a special stout tap for nitro beers! Just in time for St. Patricks Day we’ll have our first nitro beer on tap, a special keg of our Sweater Weather Oatmeal Stout. Who knew that that beer could get any smoother!
If you’re not familiar with ‘nitro’ beer, think of Guinness, who brought nitro beer to the masses over a half a century ago with their famous stout. Guinness Stout has lower carbonation and a creamy, smooth milkshake-like texture to it.
Nitrogen gas (N2) produces a smoother mouthfeel and texture than plain old CO2 carbonation, which gives beer a prickly bite. A lot of the difference comes from the fact that Nitrogen gas doesn’t dissolve in water (or beer) like CO2, so the gas has a more subtle effect on the beer.
Part of a nitro setup involves a special tap, which has a restrictor plate that forces the beer through tiny holes before it lands in the glass. We also have a special gas mixing regulator, that blends the right proportions of N2 and CO2. Of course you also have to start out with a beer that has lower carbonation levels, about half of what we typically do for our other beers.
Then it’s practice, practice, practice until you master the art of the nitro pour. It may take all of your patience to wait until your pint is ready! Any beers on nitro will only be available in 16 oz pints, so no growlers, tasters or 8 oz glasses.
We’re hoping to use this toy occasionally when we have a tap open and to try it out on some of our other dark and/or maltier beers.