Some of the best parts of the craft brewing industry are collaboration and community. We are fortunate to be able to work with other great producers who share or core values and love for great beer. Bannerman Brewing Co. is one of those breweries.
Bannerman Brewing Co. was the location of St. John’s historic East Fire Station. Originally constructed after the Great Fire of 1892, it was rebuilt in the 1950s and still stands today at the corner of Duckworth and Ordnance Street. But, the building is only half of the story. During the Great Fire, some 11,000 people lost their homes. Displaced, but not defeated, residents banded together with nothing more than a few belongings to set up a tent city in Bannerman Park. They weathered the aftermath of the fire and re-built the city. It’s this story of collectivism and community that Bannerman Brewing Co. proudly celebrates.
The Church Brewing Company is located in the former St. Andrew’s United Church. The Church was originally built prior to 1840, as a Presbyterian Church, and located on Prospect Street before being relocated in 1885 to its current location on Main Street in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, in 1913 the original wooden structure succumbed to fire. The Church was rebuilt with help from Nova Scotia’s beloved architect, Andrew Cobb, and contractor, Charles Wright. The cornerstone of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was laid on July 8th, 1914.
Like Bannerman, the Church Brewing Company believes strongly in our community. Our brewery and restaurant, located at the restored former St. Andrew’s United Church, has again become a place where our community congregates today.
Together we decided to brew a beer in the vein of an IPA using the Voss Kveik (pronounced kvike or quake) yeast we got from Escarpment Labs. This Norwegian farmhouse ale strain which was handed down generations of a family farmhouse brewery of Sigmun Gjerne’ Voss. This yeast, without the addition of hops, is already extremely citrusy, producing a great juicy and hazy IPA – just like opening a can of mandarin oranges and ripe juicy mangos and melon. We chose a great blend of hops: El Dorado, Mosaic, and Idaho 7, and dry hopped well over 2kg/hl of finished beer. This just blew up the tropical aromas of the beer.
A very hazy straw colour with a fluffy dense white head. The aroma is jam packed with pineapple, mango, papaya, black current, and slight pine. The flavour is tropical juice! Mango, Pineapple, and Valencia oranges. The finish has no lingering bitterness and is semi-sweet keeping the beer extremely drinkable.
Sharp old cheddar, blue cheese, Sanctuary Hot Wings, Pad Thai, Carrot Cake, Sour Patch Kids.
Malts: Pilsen Malt, Pale Wheat Malt, Raw wheat, Flaked Oats, Horton Ridge Malted Oats
Hops: Magnum, Mosaic, Idaho 7, El Dorado
Yeast: Voss Kveik