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Some witchcraft was going on at the brewery recently.  Yes, the crafty women of Winterlong were at it again, brewing up our International Women’s Day beer, WITCH CRAFT IPA (version 2.0) on Valentines Day.

This year we registered our brew with both the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day and the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day, to join with hundreds of other breweries around the world, uniting and amplifying women’s voices in the beer industry.  Curious about women’s long history in brewing, check out our blog post from last year.

 

Pink Boots Brew Day 2021 Map (as of Feb 19).  We are on the map, along with over 200 other breweries from around the world.

 

About the Beer

This year’s version of WITCH CRAFT IPA, utilizes the same base IPA recipe as last year with the change-up in the annual Pink Boots Hop Blend from Yakima Chief Hops.  This year’s hop blend, selected ‘virtually’ by Pink Boots Society members across the globe, consists of Cashmere, Ahtanum®, Citra®, Loral® & Sabro® brand hops, creating a blend with tropical, herbal, citrus & woody aromatic qualities.  It sure smelled fantastic in the brewery when we added our whirlpool hops!

 

Spider FLAVOUR Graph of the new Pink Boots Hop Blend.


We had some new team members join us ‘veterans’ this year, with a grand total of 9 women participating. That is a 50% increase from last years brew day.  It was a blast as usual, as all of us worked hard, played hard and laughed hard.  What happens on women's brew day, stays on women's brew day!  We feel lucky to live in the Yukon where we could safely all brew together during the pandemic.  We know this year’s collaboration brew days may be trickier in other jurisdictions across the country and around the world with COVID.

 

Pictures from our Women's Brew Day Feb 14th, 2021.

 

Release Event & Fundraising

This year we brewed the beer so that we could have it ready to serve on International Women’s Day (March 8). 

Join us for International Women’s Day on Monday March 8th, where $1 from every pint sold will go to the Pink Boots Society (including our very own Canadian Chapter).  

In addition to our IWD event, we will be donating a $1 from every 4-pack of Witch Craft IPA that is sold at the brewery to various Yukon women’s organizations (including the Dawson Women's Shelter & Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre).  We brewed a double batch this year so that there is more to go around and so we can raise more funds!


Virtual Tasting

We’ve teamed up with the Yukon Beer Festival Society who is creating a series of Virtual Tasting Events showcasing local breweries here in the Yukon.  Winterlong and our Witch Craft IPA will be featured during the the March 10th event, where you will see footage from the brewery in action, as well as interview material and a live Q&A with the Winterlong Founders - Meghan & Marko.

All you need to do is pick up a 4-pack of the Witch Craft IPA ahead of time and register with the YBFS.  The event is FREE, aside from purchasing the beer!  Check out their facebook event for details on how to register or email them at info@ybfs.ca.



Beer Release

This Friday is our 3rd annual release of Available Light IPA, the ‘Official Beer’ of the Available Light Film Festival.  The film fest may be a little different this year with COVID at play, but the beer is the same great beer you’ll remember from past years. 

With one of our highest dry hopping rates of any of our beers, this IPA is bursting with super grassy and exotic hop flavours from its leading actors, Cashmere and Mosaic. It also features malted barley from our friends at Red Shed Malting along with malted wheat and flaked oats for a beautiful light colour and silky smooth body. 

Available Light IPA will be availble in 4-packs to go (available in-store or online) and on tap for onsite consumption.  We will only have one keg so no growler fills of this one.

 

Available Light Film Festival

While the beer is available this Friday, the Available Light Film Festival starts next Friday, Feb 5th and runs until Feb 22nd. This year, as expected, there is an online/virtual component as well as actual in-cinema screenings.  Check out the program online here.

 

EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

To make your Movie Night at home even better, we’ve teamed up with Klondike Kettle Corn and the Yukon Film Society to bring you the ALFF Festival Experience Pack. These Festival Packs include two bags of Klondike Kettle Corn gourmet flavoured popcorn, a $25 Winterlong Gift Card (so you can pick up a 4-pack of Available Light IPA) and a 2021 YFS membership option.  Get the Festival Experience Pack for a great value here.

 

SPONSORED FILM

Be sure to check out the film we chose to sponsor this year, Little Orphans (dir. Ruth Lawrence), a Canadian film from Newfoundland & Labrador, which boasts a cast and crew of over 50% women and is in the running for greatest number of awkward human moments of any film at ALFF 2021.  

 

GIVEAWAY

Lastly, the Yukon Film Society has an awesome social media giveaway going on this week on their Facebook and Instagram (@yukonfilmsociety) pages.  Follow, share and tag your friends to enter to win ONE Festival Experience Pack with a special ticket combo for virtual screenings (ONE Ticket for Little Orphans and ONE Ticket for Shiva Baby).



Hindsight is 2020

January 04, 2021

Hindsight is 2020


This past year was truly one for the history books!  Who knew we would all collectively go through the huge challenges of a global pandemic together.  Thankfully, we’ve never felt more lucky to call the Yukon home!  

 

Still, it has been hard on all of us, many have struggled and some more than others.  We’ve all experienced a bit of a roller coaster and let us tell you, owning and running a business sure adds another level to things.

 

2020 was the year nearly everything was canceled.  It started with the Arctic Winter Games that were to be held in Whitehorse, then the Yukon Comedy Festival, then our 5th Anniversary Celebration and the Haines Beer Festival (we miss you Haines).  Several brewery collaborations were put on hold, everyones' favourite music festivals were canceled and our local Yukon Craft Beer Festival was canceled as well.

 

 

But despite the pandemic, there were many highlights and milestones in 2020 for Winterlong:

  • We completed our first International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day – we brewed our Witch Craft IPA, while news of the Arctic Winter Games cancellation came.
  • We purchased and installed a 73.9 kW solar system on our roof with the help of SOLVEST.
  • We actually hired more staff, including brewers and tasting room ambassadors, to keep up with beer demand and extra cleaning protocols.
  • We opened a temporary summer beer garden and expanded our indoor Tasting Room, doubling the size to allow for physical distancing.
  • We increased our brewing capacity with the addition of three more 21 bbl fermenters and a brite tank.
  • We did a special shipment of beer to BC, Alberta and Manitoba.
  • All in all, we brewed 35% more beer (nearly 2,000 hL)!

 

 

We are proud to say we never once turned down the chance to support a local cause in 2020.  More than ever, it was (and is) important for us to support our local community as much as they support us.  Obviously we couldn't have gotten through the last year without our community and amazing staff!

 

We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves for 2021, but we can say that the challenges in 2020 have made us all stronger, and we look forward to brewing up a storm as always.



Winter Brews 2020

November 20, 2020

Winter Brews 2020


Well we are in for a long winter together now that the borders are closed again.   But with winter, comes the return of many beloved brews from the return of seasonal beers, to beers released once a year, to some returning rotating brews.  So, you might as well stick around and make the most of it!

 

Before we get into the tasty business of beer releases, we want to address the current COVID situation.  We would all love to continue to keep COVID at bay, so here are some reminders about options you might consider over the next little while: 

  • Lay Low: If you find yourself wanting to lay low, in light of the 3 COVID cases in the last week, we have many options for BEER-TO-GO - > including ONLINE ORDERING and CURBSIDE PICKUP.
  • Masks: If you do feel the need to get out to our Tasting Room to enjoy a pint, we happily welcome you to wear a mask, or not.  This is still up to the individual, but in general we will start to see more masks around, so might as well get more comfortable with them.
  • Physical Distance: Let’s all be respectful of everyone’s personal space.  That goes between customers and staff.  Give each other room in the hallways, in the line ups, etc.  Our staff is respectful of your personal space so please also be respectful of theirs and remain 6 ft apart, or 4.5 kegs apart as we like to say. 

AND DON’T FORGET… Stay home when sick and wash your hands frequently!  We’ll of course keep up with our regular cleaning and disinfecting.  Let's do this team!

 

NOVEMBER RELEASES

Next week, we have the return of JAGGED our German Style Pilsner!  As many of you know this beer took a bit of a hiatus over the summer, as we could not dedicate a fermenter to lagering with so much demand for our regular beers.  Thankfully with our new tanks, we can bring Jagged back into the fold.

 

 

We will also have the return of our NIGHTSHADE Black IPA, a seasonal IPA that we bring out each fall/winter.  It is a personal favourite for its kick-ass bold flavours – blending a slight roastiness with bitter citrus and earthy hops. This is the first time this beer is in 4-Pack cans too, so enjoy the new label artwork by Mary Binsted.

Right at the end of the month we are bringing back an experimental beer from last year, DIVINE CAFFEINATION Belgian-style Tripel with Coffee.  This was a fun experimental beer we brewed a year ago, featuring an experimental barrel-aged coffee collaboration with Firebean Coffee Roasters.   Apparently many of you loved it, so we brewed it again.  The delicious barrel-aged coffee that was used in the beer, will also be available at Winterlong and through Firebean Coffee Roasters and some of their retailers.

 

 

DECEMBER RELEASES

Fall and Winter also bring the return of another seasonal dark beer, of the smoky variety, our  LOG SPLITTER Smoked Porter.  This beer is brewed using a portion of barley malt that has been smoked, lending it a smooth, smokey almost meaty flavour. 

December wouldn’t be complete without the annual release our GUILT TRIP Barleywine.  The 2021 vintage will be available before Christmas.  It's one of our strongest brews, coming in at a hefty 9%, bursting with rich malty flavours and a robust hop punch.  You can age this strong beer for years and see how the flavours transform.

 

 

And never fear, we will have the return of two Hazy IPAs before the year is done -  TRUCKSTOP POETRY & HAZYSEXYCOOL.



SHINY & NEW

October 16, 2020

SHINY & NEW


As of today, we have completed our two expansions.

 

Tasting Room Expansion

Just in time, the shiny and new Tasting Room space is open!   With beer garden weather at a literal end, as the snow flies today, we had to expand our indoor seating ASAP.  Over the past two months we have opened up some walls, built a more compact storage room and got to painting, flooring, and trimming things out.  The trickiest part was the sound barrier panels for the ceiling.

 

 

 

All the hard work has paid off, as we now have safe space for 26 more people!   With approval in hand we are nearly back to our pre-pandemic capacity.  

The new space is warm and bright with paint colours and artwork inspired by Mary Binsted’s awesome beer label artwork. It will be a welcome haven for the darker and colder months ahead.  Looking forward to welcoming you all to the new space, and rest assured proper spacing and maximum group size rules are still in place. 

 

Paint colours inspired by our Superunknown & Wilderness City beer labels.

 

Brewery Expansion

Not only have we been working on a Tasting Room expansion but also a brewery expansion.  Our new tanks arrived safely a few weeks ago.  It was definitely a couple stressful days, 1) getting the tanks off the truck and 2) getting them upright and into the brewery.  We learn something new every time we buy new tanks and while we hope we don’t decide to expand again any time soon, we know we can’t say ‘never again’.

 

Fun with a zoom boom: Forks up, boom out… forks up, boom out… CAREFUL!

 

So far we’ve filled two of the 21 bbl fermenters with our Moonbase Freedom Hazy IPA and Pingo Pale Ale.  For those lager fans, we will be brewing Jagged Pilsner at the end of the month with much more to come.  With three new fermenters and one brite tank, we're READY, SET, GO!

 

New Tanks in their New Home.



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