Halifax Seaport BeerFest 2012 Preview

Update, August 8, 2012, thank you to everyone who entered the ticket contest! The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Mark T of Bedford who will be enjoying the Tiger Lager from Singapore on Friday night!

Halifax Seaport BeerFest is coming up this weekend – August 10-11, 2012 – and I couldn’t be more excited to head down to Halifax Seaport to sample beers from across Canada and 15 other countries.

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For me, BeerFest is a real highlight of the summer. You get to enjoy a summer evening on the waterfront, sampling a great selection of beer, including a number of brews not normally available in our beer-loving province. Plus, some of my favourite Nova Scotia restaurants (and oysters!) will be on hand, serving up delicious eats and treats for you to enjoy with your beer.

And enjoy beer you will. I read through the entries for the ticket giveaway I had (tickets generously provided by the Halifax Seaport BeerFest), and to get you warmed up for this year’s BeerFest, I thought I’d share some of the beers people are looking forward to sampling!

Local brews are very well-represented, especially Garrison Brewing, with folks looking forward to Garrison’s Comet Double IPA and local favourite, Irish Red. I’m also looking forward to Melonhead Summer Ale by Picaroons, one of the regional brews that have managed to evade me. Local ciders are proving to be popular with people, too, with Stutz Cider and Tideview Vintage Cider having received a number of mentions.

Since this is a travel blog, it’s only fair that people are looking forward to some of the brews making the trek to Halifax, whether from the next province over, or across the pond.

Quebec beers are near and dear to my heart, and based on the number of mentions, a lot of you out there feel the same way. McAuslan St. Ambroise beers got a quite a few mentions, their Oatmeal Stout in particular. Looking over the list of Quebec brews, I’m really looking forward to meeting a number of them, especially when the breweries have such great names like À l’abri de la Tempête (“Shelter from the storm”) from Îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Someone was reading my mind when they mentioned Beau’s Brewery and their famous Lug•Tread Lagered Ale. Beau’s is always a part of visiting my dear friends in Ottawa and, like one of the contest participants, I’m really looking forward to trying out on my home turf.

I’m taking recommendations, and something called Smashbomb Atomic Ale from Flying Monkeys, sounds like a great way to set off my evening with a bang. [Imagine a sound effect of a “BANG!” for full effect.]

Great Lakes Brewery Devil’s Pale Ale received several specific mentions. Visiting from Ontario, Great Lakes seems to have a lot of local fans, and I’ll be sure to try it, too. Something called Devil’s Pale Ale is simply too intriguing to skip, isn’t it?

One reader is looking forward to trying Pumpkinhead by The Shipyard Brewery, coming to visit us all the way from Portland, OR. It sounds like a great brew to enjoy during the summer and well into the fall. Check out the label, it’s delightful.

Belgian beers are known far and wide and they will be here as part of a strong contingent of European beers making their way to Halifax for BeerFest. People who have entered the contest are looking forward to the Affligem Abbey Blonde and one of my summer favourites, Fruli Strawberry Ale.

After the Belgian beers, readers seem to be pretty excited about Scotland’s Brew Dog, who are bringing a pretty badass selection of beers, including their Punk IPA. I’m going to try it because I’m really curious and totally rebellious. [Fact: only one of those things are true.]

Finally, I can’t forget the gluten-free beers. This year’s fest will see three breweries with five gluten-free beers for those with allergies or dietary restrictions, or beer-drinkers who are simply curious. I’ve never had gluten-free beer, so I’ll definitely be trying some for myself, especially after visiting Bard’s Tale Beer from Minnesota, whose site was chock-full of topics suitable for discussion over their product. Just trust me and check it out.

If you are ready sample some great beers this weekend, then go to the Halifax Seaport BeerFest site for complete ticket information and to learn more about the beers and ciders that will be a part of the festival, as well as the food and entertainment, and much, much more.

See you at Beer on the Pier!

If you can’t join us in Halifax, will you be celebrating with your favourite beer this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Halifax Seaport BeerFest 2012 Preview”

  1. I highly recommend the beers from À l’abri de la Tempête!!!!

    Écume is a delcious bière blonde (also one of the few beers they make that isn’t super high alcohol). La Belle Saison is an interesting concoction flavoured with local herbs. I was not brave enough to sample their stronger beverages…

    I have tried (and failed) to buy these beers via the NSLC. Go Canada, with its super restrictive inter-provincial trade barriers! YEIAH! *scarcasm*

    Oh well, a beer and cheese run to Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine is never a bad idea. ^_^

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