Binecraft Harvest Ale

Some may find the task of picking fresh hop cones from the bine (hops grow on a bine, not a vine!) a rather tedious endeavor; and we do too.  However, it is also a time to bond with friends and family over a harvest that will reap wondrous rewards. Craig thought he was going to be collecting a few hop "plants" for me, however he ended up harvesting 40 bines! I think it looked like fun and I think he also enjoyed it? The result - a trunkful of hops. Once back at Lazy Bear, it was an evening of picking cones from the bine, a hop induced mini-coma and crafting a beer with them. 

We brewed a pale ale with a late addition of the handpicked cascades. The resulting beer has a slight citrus nose with aroma of green, fresh hops. We chose a yeast (Midwest Ale Yeast) that has some subtle esters that we think play nicely with this brew.  We hope you'll come out and try some!

The hops were generously provided by Pat Hudgins in Aylesford, NS. Thanks, Pat and family!

Let's go paddling.

Erin and I like paddling.  Not exactly sure why, I wouldn't call our trips too relaxing, generally the kilometers we plan for outstrip the time allotted.  Maybe we might have fun if it wasn't for the blisters, damp clothes, sunburns and bugs.  And then there was the time on the Shubenacadie River where the fear of a 6 foot tidal bore made us paddle hard enough that I couldn't lift my arms above my shoulders for a good day afterwards.  Well, maybe I'll revise my first statement, I think Erin and I like paddling, or maybe it's an unhealthy addiction.

We were very excited when the Clean Annapolis River Project  (CARP) invited us to take part in their annual river festival in Bridgetown on July 16th.  For the festival, we have brewed a special Paddler's Pale Ale.  A beer at home in a canoe's cup holder.

Retail Detail

We had a soft opening on June 30. Folks could come sample or buy our beer or get a Lazy souvenir. We are aiming to be open most Thursdays, but check on here or Facebook to be sure. While we wait for our sign hanger, look for the cold beer sign by the road.

We had the pleasure of attending the CD release show of Ramshackle and Scarecrow on July 2 at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery in Bear River. Click the link to listen to their CD!

Don't forget your passport to get a Good Cheer Trail stamp!

Bear Bones IPA

We will be back at the market tomorrow; fully stocked with Gut View Amber as well as our Bear Bones IPA. We are calling this our beta version. Why? We have a few tweaks for the next batch in order to make some small adjustments on hop character. 

Here is what you can expect. It's a single-hop IPA from bittering to aroma. We are using a cultivated wild Ontario hop called Wild Turkey. Find out why here. The aroma should boast some mango, peach and slight citrus notes. It weighs in at 6.5% abv and around 55 ibu. We hope you'll stop by for taste w and let us know what you think!

To market, to market, to buy some cold beer - next week!

We won't be at the market this weekend, June 4th.  Our supply has fallen short for you thirsty market-goers as we learn to keep up with demand. However, we hope to be back next week, June 11th, with some more Gut View Amber ale (and maybe our Bear Bones IPA) .  But, please check back to make sure!  We have loved meeting all the great people who have stopped by our table so far.

In the meantime we are finishing up our retail space and plan to post the hours some time mid-June!