Monday, February 19, 2018

Drink this: Propeller's Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

A beer with bourbon character, “without so much of the harshness.”

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Propeller Brewing Co. has just released the first in a series of barrel-aged beers.

Last week, Propeller launched its Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout—a new take on the original Russian Imperial Stout. Head brewer Cameron Crerar was keen on putting out some barrel-aged creations, so he picked up some Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels to get the ball (and the beer) rolling.

“We got the barrels in first without any sort of plan of what was going to go into it, but the Russian was sort of the no-brainer for the first one,” explains Denys Ploughman, another member of the brew team. “It’s kind of got a cult following right now.”

After brewing a batch of the regular Russian Imperial Stout, the booze was placed in a barrel to age for three months. “We weren’t doing any fermentation in the barrels, we were just straight-up aging it in the barrel,” says Ploughman.

Through this process, the beer took on a lot of the bourbon character, but “without so much of the harshness” one might expect. “A lot of the subtle vanilla, sort of oaky tones you get in bourbon are coming through in the stout, but it’s really quite drinkable as well. It even took on a bit of an amber hue.” Check out Propeller's video of the process here.

Other beers are sitting in barrels as we speak, but release
dates on those are TBD.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Drink this: Garrison's Pucker Up!

Pick up this pink drink in canned form for the first time on Valentine's Day.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 10:44 AM

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If you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, at least you can put your lips on a new can of beer. 

OK, maybe that sounds depressing—but in this context, it’s really not. Garrison Brewing is rolling out a canned release of Pucker Up! just in time for a Valentine treat. The bright-coloured tart and fruity booze has been on-tap as a seasonal offering for the last three years, but its popularity has prompted Garrison to make it available in cans as well.

Beers of the sour variety have recently become more popular among craft enthusiasts, with tasty little numbers on offer from the likes of Boxing Rock, 2 Crows and Unfiltered (and plenty of others) as well as Garrison. Garrison explains the complex kettle-souring process in a media release:

The process stops mid-brew and allowed to sour by introducing lactobacillus (the same bacteria used to make sour milk or yogurt). When the brew continues, the bacteria is killed off in the boil and the resulting beer has a refreshingly tart sourness.

Those looking to crack upon a cold one (whether it’s with the boys or with a lover) can head to the Garrison brewery in the Halifax Seaport on February 14. A launch party is taking place in collaboration with the Dal/King’s Swing Dance Society at 7pm, featuring a free introductory lesson. Pucker Up! will also be up for grabs at a number of bars, restaurants and private liquor stores.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Ruby's brings the south to Salter Street

The southern-style restaurant is slated to open at the end of March.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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If you have the very specific hankering for cowboy hat light fixtures, you’re in luck.

Ruby's Rhinestone Reception & Lounge
(5187 Salter Street) is expected to open at the end of March. 

Owner Steve Caryi, a US-based businessperson, saw a market for a southern-style eatery in HRM. Caryi owns Halifax real estate company ComVest Commercial and currently lives in Florida, but he’s originally from the south. “All the bars down there have that kind of theme to them and he loves that, so he wanted to do one here,” says marketing spokesperson Amber Lise. “There’s not one like it.”

Lise describes the soon-to-open restaurant as a place with a casual vibe, but high-end food. The menu is still getting finalized. Diners should expect steak, fried chicken, fajitas and other southern fare.

Editor's note: At the request of the interviewee, one quote was rescinded from the piece.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Red Lunchbox opens next week

The plant-based, egalitarian eatery is coming to Quinpool Road

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 12:42 PM

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Michael Grove
 isn’t your average restaurateur. The owner of the soon to be Red Lunchbox (6172 Quinpool Road)—a plant-based restaurant slated to open on Tuesday—was inspired to open his own business after a brush with cancer, but his vision of a cooperative, collaborative workplace long predated his health scare.

“I’ve had plans, not even of having a restaurant but having an egalitarian business model. That is my passion that I’ve been trying to get out of the bowels of my mind for a really long time. I studied philosophy in school and I was always interested in capitalism and why there’s such a huge gap between the haves and have-nots,” says Groves. “For me to suddenly be in the recovery room with stitches on my throat—it’s not what I was expecting. Life just gives you turns and curves, and I figured now is the only time.”

With 17 years experience working in what he calls “transitory restaurant jobs” Groves had something different in mind for his neighbourhood eatery. Having his employees feel like they were working with him, not for him, was just as important as serving really good food.

“If I can pay everyone well and myself well it makes so much more sense than paying myself really well and paying everyone else not so well—then they don’t have satisfaction or care about the place and it just becomes another restaurant,” he says, adding that staff will be cross-trained in all front-of-house and back-of- house duties. “It will be a warm, engaging, thoughtful and very detail-oriented customer experience.”

Red Lunchbox will serve plant-based, whole food-focused dishes avoiding anything processed or meat substitutes and supporting local farmers and producers. Its sample menu hints at dishes like kombucha chimichurri gnocchi, mushu rancheros and a mint eggplant sandwich.

“The idea is to show that vegetables can be comforting and warm and filling,” says Groves. “and you could have every meal and really never think about the meat or animal component.”

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Anchored Coffee's Quinpool cafe is closing

One last shot for a shot at Pro Skates.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:35 PM

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Dartmouth's roaster is breaking some Halifax hearts on Valentine's Day. Anchored Coffee announced today via Instagram that it would be focusing "100% of our energy on the coffee roastery" and closing its tiny espresso counter at 6451 Quinpool Road after service on February 14.

Anchored's Zane Kelsall (also of TIBS) and Dean Petty (also of Yeah Yeahs Pizza) opened the satellite location of their Dartmouth bean bank in 2014, bringing their signature coffee, plus fancy toast and pastries to the front window at  Quinpool small business legend Pro Skateboards, Snowboards & Surfboards, which welcomed Oddfellows Barbershop into the building in the same year. See the post below for goodbyes and closing treat deets.

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