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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Alpha % Dog - Propeller & Sea Level Breweries Collaborate On New Beer

I was on the phone last week with Andrew Copper from Propeller Brewing Co. who filled me in on the news below. The funny thing about it was that I had already heard about it from Randy Lawrence, the longtime brewmaster at Sea Level Brewing Co., one of the collaborators, who let it slip out in a conversation back in July. 

The collaborative Alpha % Dog Ale is being brewed at the Propeller Brewery tomorrow (thanks to Hurricane Earl who did not wreck the hops in Annapolis Valley). 

Look for some more information in the Fall Issue of TAPS The Beer Magazine.

Nova Scotia’s most successful microbrewery teams up with Nova Scotia’s newest micro.

HALIFAX, NS Sept. 8, 2010 - Halifax’s own Propeller Brewing Company has collaborated with Port Williams’ Sea Level Brewing for the first time to create a one-time release celebrating Nova Scotia’s thriving craft brewing community and Nova Scotia’s emerging hop industry.

The project was born in 2009 when Propeller’s President John Allen and Sea Level’s Owner/Brewer Randy Lawrence joked around over a pint about creating a collaborative one-off beer. The two chuckled a bit over the idea but quickly shifted from a casual pint to the serious business of making this collaboration a reality. The liquid result from their session is ALPHA%DOG Wet Hopped Collaboration Ale.

"We're really excited about this project - two local breweries coming together and using 100% local hops to create something really unique. It's a testament to what the craft brewing movement is all about" says Allen “And Randy is the wet hop beer expert in Nova Scotia” Lawrence has produced wet hop beers for over a decade in the province.

This collaboration is not the first time the two have worked together: Lawrence was brewing for Propeller in the early 2000’s and helped to develop Propeller Brewing Company’s award winning London Style Porter.

The copper coloured beer is brewed with 100% local Cascade and Willamette hops from Lazy Acres and Sea Level hop farms in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops to Propeller Brewery in Halifax where Sea Level brewer Randy Lawrence adds them to the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.

The Propeller/Sea Level collaborative brew will be available late this summer at both the Propeller Cold Beer Store and Sea Level Brewing Company and select private liquor stores in Halifax.

ABOUT PROPELLER BREWING COMPANY: Propeller Brewing Co. is the largest and most successful microbrewery in Nova Scotia. Propeller produces international award-winning, craft brewed beers in small batches with the finest hops and malts, and is brewed using traditional methods.

ABOUT SEA LEVEL BREWING: Sea Level Brewing Co. is the only microbrewery in the Annapolis Valley, located in Port Williams. Owner and Brewmaster Randy Lawrence, has had a passion for hand crafted micro brewed beers, and been creating and brewing them for over 20 years now

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh YEAH!!!
As far as my experience is concerned, anything produced by the team at Propeller is worth a try, and likely to be good. That they are happy to show some of the smaller breweries some of their skills is a true representation of their commitment to the craft as more important than squeezing an extra dollar. Good stuff. Although I'm not a fan of a few of their products I know them all to be excellent brews. (we all have our own tastes, right?) Perfect example: the annual Pumpkin Ale. Great stuff, and I'll enjoy a few each fall but wouldn't drink it through the year. Try the Hefeweisen lately? One of the best. (sorry John for the inevitable spelling error)

How do I get some of this Alpha stuff?

Dale Robertson
A local Propeller fan

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