11 Jan Dry, Quiet and Cold
Well, last week was pretty quiet. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, we share our building with a gym and I bet they’re pretty busy this time of year.
We’re consciously keeping things pretty low key here for the month of January – no special events, nothing too exciting coming out – to give you guys a little post-holiday break. But that doesn’t mean we’re slacking off… Lots of new beer brewing, barrel aging, and in planning, including the often-requested return of Neon Wasteland Belgian Pale Ale, which will be available next Thursday for the first time since June.
Neon Wasteland, a Belgian Pale at 5% and 40 IBU, is brewed with a classic Belgian yeast and Belgian Candi Sugar, giving it a distinct phenolic aroma and a slight burnt sugar flavour. Hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin.
We’ve also got a few big announcements planned for February, but we’re keeping our cards close to our chest for the time being so keep an ear to the ground. In the meantime or new neighbours Shacklands Brewing are open and rolling, with their grand opening party coming up later this month. They’re focusing on Belgian-style beers, so if you’re a fan of the style, check it out!
I personally have to wait until February to visit, since I’m on my third-annual Dry January. Professional obligation requires me to taste some things here and there, but other than that I’m alcohol-free for the month. Sometimes you’ve just got to show beer who’s boss. But I tell you, that first beer of February is probably the best tasting beer I’ll have all year.
Speaking of, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year. Our schedules for both the Revolution Series and the Barrel Series are coming together and making me thirsty, and Junction Brewery’s impending opening will bring us to three Symes Rd. breweries. Feels good to be a trendsetter. You can expect a bunch of collabs and activities in the Aleyards this summer!