Browsing Category : Beverages

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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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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