Halifax, November 17, 2017 – The first beer made completely with Nova Scotia ingredients will be on shelves at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation next week.
“This is a special opportunity to celebrate the Nova Scotia craft beer industry and commemorate this one hundred per cent Nova Scotia made beer,” said the NSLC’s Tim Pellerin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
One Hundred Cape Breton Wild Ale is made by Big Spruce Brewing of Nyanza, Cape Breton, which last month was named Brewery of the Year at the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards.
“This is a first of its kind in modern history in Nova Scotia,” Big Spruce Brewing owner and brew master Jeremy White said of his unique ale. It was first released in bottles last fall and was so popular, Big Spruce has brewed almost six times as much this year and is offering it in 473 ml cans.
One Hundred Cape Breton Wild Ale is available next week at the NSLC’s top nine selling craft beer stores including four in the Halifax Regional Municipality, The Port by the NSLC in Halifax and stores in Bridgewater, New Minas and the Sydney area.
The idea to make a beer with 100% Nova Scotia ingredients had been fermenting at Big Spruce for a while, but how it came about is almost serendipitous.
“The issue I had was to find, propagate and utilize a wild Nova Scotia yeast,” Jeremy said. He happened to find that on the wild eastern Canadian pin cherry found on his farm near Baddeck.
He had collected 50 samples from various flowers, fruits and berries, hoping to find a wild yeast that would work for brewing. Only two produced a beer that tastes good and one of those is the yeast used to brew One Hundred.
As Jeremy was developing this yeast, he discovered Al Stewart at Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co. in Wolfville Company had started a malting business using organic barley from TapRoot Farms in Port Williams and organic rye from Stewart’s Organic Farm in Wolfville. Jeremy incorporated them with organic hops, the wild yeast and well water all from his property to create an ale solely with Nova Scotia ingredients.
Last year, Big Spruce brewed and sold 800 liters of One Hundred Cape Breton Wild Ale. This year, it’s brewed 4700 liters.
“You extrapolate from that and it bodes well for the craft brewing industry in this province,” Jeremy said. The terroir creates the unique flavours, “and the concept of working with local growers to source 100 per cent of ingredients with wild yeast for fermentation - this will be a way of defining Nova Scotia craft beer,” he said.
About the NSLC
For over eighty years, the NSLC has been managing the safe and responsible sale of beverage alcohol in Nova Scotia, returning 100% of its profits to government to help fund key public services. As a true partner in our communities, the NSLC conducts its business with integrity and respect for the environment, while supporting the sale of more than $190 million in locally-produced products every year. For more information about the NSLC, please visit our website at myNSLC.com.
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