The Yukon is a place where hiking, biking, paddling, hunting and snow sports are part of everyday life for many of us. Yet, we have not canned any of our beers. That’s about to change, but not quite in the way you think. Introducing, the Crowler!
A Crowler is a can-shaped 1 L aluminum can/growler that is filled on demand with a beer of your choice, then sealed before your eyes, and ready to be taken with you wherever you want to go.
While it’s a canned beer product, it’s not full-on proper packaging where all the oxygen is purged out of the can/bottle to last several months. So in that sense, it’s similar to a growler in that you need to consume it relatively quickly (24 hrs to a week). Fresh is best!
But Crowlers are also not re-usable like a growler. They are however, infinitely recyclable and made from 68% recycled aluminum content, to put your conscience a little at ease.
At the end of the day it is not a replacement for a can nor a growler, but simply another option to add to the various ways you can enjoy Winterlong beer.
All the pieces are here: our Oktober Can-Seamer, our first pallet shipment of empty cans, can lids, and prep table. We’re currently working on some cool Crowler labels, but in the meantime we’re repurposing some blank bottle labels. So come give it a whirl. We are looking forward to see where you take your Crowler of Winterlong beer.
This Thursday, July 26th, we are joining forces with the Yukon Invasive Species Council (YISC) to host a weed pull along the Mount Sima Road. This will be the second annual weed pull they've helped us organize.
We will be focusing on pulling invasive plant species that threaten Yukon's biodiversity, wildlife health, and soil integrity from 5:30-7:30 pm. Afterwards, any weed warriors will have the opportunity to enjoy a complementary cold beverage (Winterlong brew or non-alcoholic option). Participants are also welcome to save their 'free drink' for another time. We will be open till 8 ish with food available and beer-to-go.
What to bring:
YISC will bring some extra gloves and tools along with safety vests. All ages are welcome!
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.