A NEW VIEW: SEAFOOD, BEER & CIDER PAIRINGS

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There’s no better time to entertain in Nova Scotia than the late summer and early fall. The sun is almost always shining and fresh seafood tends to be the order of the day. While white wine has historically been an acknowledged accompaniment to seafood dishes, we recommend taking a new view on seafood and drink…

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Q THE BREW

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Is there anything more classically summer than beer and the barbecue? This summer, cue the brew when it comes to matching grilled fare. Beer’s versatility means there’s a brew for everything that comes off the grill, but it also means if you want to take your beer and barbecue entertaining up a notch, don’t just serve any…

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A CURRY FOR WHAT ALES YOU

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Pork Tikka Pair with Garrison IPA 6x 341 ml, $13.49 Place 1 teaspoon finely ground cumin, pinch chili powder, 1 tablespoon garam masala*, 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger, 3 garlic cloves (chopped),  1 teaspoon ground coriander,  pinch cracked black pepper and 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt in a bowl.  Add 1 pound cubed pork…

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PUTTING INDIA BACK IN IPA

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Let’s not forget, the “I” in IPA stands for India. India Pale Ale became popular in the 1700s. These Pale Ales loaded with hops — a natural preservative — were ideal for making the voyage from England to India. The style eventually migrated back to England, where it gained in popularity and became known as…

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OF NOBLE ORIGIN

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Along with water, yeast and malt, hops have been one of beer’s basic components for hundreds of years. A natural preservative with potent aromatic and bittering qualities, the flowers of this hardy, pine cone-like plant began widely replacing gruit, an herb mixture, in the 1500s. You’d be hard pressed to find a beer made without hops today, with hundreds of available varieties that vary…

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Nova Scotia’s Crafty Pumpkin Patch

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Did you know the second most popular craft beer style, after only pale ale, are seasonal brews? Seasonal brews are specialty ales released periodically during the year. Amongst the most popular of these are pumpkin ales brewed by local brewers such as Garrison Brewing Company and Propeller Brewery, amongst others. The fall season is a…

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Faces Behind the Brew

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Glynn Williams: Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company Authentic Seacoast’s Glynn Williams is not your average brewery owner. How many people can say they are the owner of a Toronto-based private equity firm, as well as a brewer, distiller and forager? Williams personally collected spruce buds this past spring used in the production of their Spruce Ale,…

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GREAT LINKS: BEER AND SAUSAGE PAIRINGS

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Andouille The staple of Southwestern French cuisine with its smoky and garlic flavours finds a match with beer with smoky richness. Porter anyone? Bratwurst The classic game-day sausage is a home run when paired with a full-flavoured lager. Chorizo The intense smoky and spicy notes of Spain’s classic dried sausage flavoured with Pimenton (smoked paprika) is cooled with a rich…

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FACES OF THE LOCAL CIDER AND BEER INDUSTRY

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Close your eyes and take a deep breath — it’s autumn again! The air is alive with the smell of the harvest and Nova Scotia’s many cideries and breweries are churning out fl avourful and complex offerings to excite your palate and warm your bones. Whether you prefer malty, spicy or bitter ales, or gravitate toward fresh and crisp ciders, you won’t be disappointed with this season’s selection at the NSLC….

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How do you like them apples?

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There is a lot more to making great cider than just pressing and fermenting any apple variety. Most ciders are not made from just one type of apple. Cider makers have known for centuries that certain apple varieties are more suited to cider production than others and generally speaking, better cider is made by blending…

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