Browsing Category : Beverages

SOON ON TAP: RED ISLAND CIDER


Launching business proves to be a test of perseverance and patience It takes a certain type of person to become an entrepreneur. You need guts, stamina, faith, strength, a vision, and sometimes you also need the patience of Job to make things work. Robert van Waarden has all those qualities in spades, and Red Island Cider is the result of…

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THE SALTY CHEF


Cocktails There’s some dispute about where and when the first cocktail was created, but most will put it around the late 1700s. An 1806 publication from New York has this interesting description: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering…

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DME DEMISE STUNS BREWING COMMUNITY


Brewery equipment supplier tanks, leaving some customers empty-handed and looking for alternatives The sudden collapse of DME has left a lot of brewers in limbo, but some are better off than others. On November 26 the Supreme Court of PEI appointed Alvarez and Marsal Canada Inc as receiver of DME and its various companies. The Royal Bank of Canada made…

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In the Can


Montague brewery launches product in liquor stores You certainly can’t accuse the brains behind Copper Bottom Brewing of not planning ahead. Just before opening last November, Ken Spears and Ashley Condon bought a canning system from Nova Scotia’s Tatamagouche Brewing. In May, a mere seven months later, the brewery released its first canned products. 473 ml cans of Centennial Stock…

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SEARCHING FOR CHOICE IN ISLAND STORES


PEI’s liquor laws in need of overhaul De gustibus non est disputandum. There is no accounting for taste. A common saying when it comes to all kinds of matters of taste: food, politics, religion, fashion, and so much more. So what about alcohol? Or more specifically, liquor laws and their implications? In a country that is on the cusp of…

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THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT HOPS


The International Herb Association has named hops as the herb of 2018 Without hops modern-day beer would be a very different drink. For even the most mild lagers available, brewers still use hops in the recipe. But with the craft brew market still growing and going strong there is a lot more interest in beers that have stronger flavours and…

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THE HAIR OF THE DOG


Finding foods that lessen the after-effects of a night out Cropsick, crapulent, carpenters in the forehead. You’re hungover. How did you get here (again)? The following will in no way help you to answer any line of questioning you may have for yourself on the subject, but it may provide some remedial insight for the oft-underestimated, yet impossible to ignore,…

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DME-From PEI to Africa


And everywhere in between Out of adversity comes opportunity. That old Ben Franklin chestnut couldn’t be more true for Peter Toombs and Diversified Metal Engineering. DME is a big player in the world of brewing and is based here in Prince Edward Island. But the seeds of its creation came from a failed—if warmly remembered—experiment in local craft brewing. “DME…

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Copper Bottom Up and Running


Kings County’s first brewery opens Copper Bottom Brewing finally opened its doors in early November, somewhat later than the husband-and-wife owners Ken Spears and Ashley Condon had hoped for. But the delayed opening doesn’t seem to be affecting interest in their taproom or beer. “The reception has been phenomenal,” Condon said. “Everyone seems to be loving the beer and both…

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Spirited Endeavours


“It was just by chance,” Mike Beamish says of how he discovered he could use the ground apples from his u-pick orchard if he fermented and distilled the juice. Having stumbled upon an article that outlined how he could transform what had once been destined for the compost into a saleable product, Beamish set out to establish a distillery. Four…

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