Thursday, September 15, 2011

Garrison Releases 2nd Annual "3 Fields Harvest Ale"

Halifax, NS

Despite a rainy growing season this year, Garrison Brewing harvested fresh hops from Ashdale, Northport , New Ross and Glenholme and used Maritime barley malt to craft a truly local harvest beer!

First launched last September, 3 Fields Harvest Ale highlights the increasing availability of local brewing ingredients in this once-a-year brew. It demonstrates the viability of locally-grown raw materials while celebrating their unique characteristics.

"We're basically showing off how great a beer can be when fresh, local hops are taken from vine to kettle in the same day," said Garrison president Brian Titus. "Over 100kg of wet green hops were gathered at four separate Nova Scotian farms and added right into the boil. Wet hops impart a more subtle hop fragrance and bitterness, making them a pleasure to brew with. Lemon, grapefruit, pine and ginger notes are all present to some degree in this truly special harvest brew," added Titus.

All the hops were harvested from four local fields this year, including: Meander River Farm in Ashdale, Wysmykal Farm in Northport, Ross Farm Museum in New Ross and FiddleHop Farm in Glenholme. The complex flavours showcased in 3 Fields can be attributed to the wide variety of hops in the beer. Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, Centennial, Galena, Kent Golding, Newport, Willamette and Zeus were all used in this double-sized batch.

3 Fields Harvest Ale also features 100 per cent barley malt from New Brunswick. This year's release is available at the brewery and private stores as well as select NSLC stores while supplies last.

For details, visit: www.garrisonbrewing.com.

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