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PEI CRAFT BEER WEEK


The Island’s breweries come together for inaugural celebration of craft beer The first week of June marks the first PEI Craft Beer Week. Spearheaded by the PEI Craft Brewers Alliance, it will showcase our Island craft breweries from west to east. On day one, beer buses will travel between the breweries with different brewery start points, allowing beer lovers the…

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THE SALTY CHEF


Cooking with Ale This month marks the first Craft Beer Week in Prince Edward Island with all of our currently opened breweries participating. So we thought it would be a great excuse to offer up some recipes that use beer. Cooking with beer is not something a lot of home cooks are used to although it is becoming more common.…

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NEW CIDERY OPENS ITS DOORS


Red Island Cider celebrates their grand opening in Charlottetown It was a chilly and cloudy day, but the mood at Red Island Cider was warm and bright. After multiple challenges getting up and running, the newest hard cider business in PEI opened its doors on May 17. Hundreds of people came through the doors and the cider taps ran constantly…

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MOTH LANE LOOKING AT EXPANSION


Owner Eric Wagner increasing production with bottled ales at the PEILCC coming this spring When Eric Wagner started making beer he was doing it to please himself and share some interesting ales with friends. He is still making beer with that in mind, it’s just become a little bigger. His brewery, Moth Lane Brewing, is undergoing some changes that will…

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SUCCESS WITH ABSINTHE AT NATIONAL AWARDS


Uncommon spirit is awarded top honours at the 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition last month There’s a bit of ritual involved in properly enjoying absinthe. The distilled spirit—often mistaken for a liqueur, despite being up to 75 percent alcohol—is served with three parts ice water to cut the bitterness of wormwood. The water should pour from an absinthe fountain, onto…

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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


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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