There’s no two ways about it – it’s a crazy time to be alive, and we should celebrate the good stuff at every opportunity. That’s why we’re so excited to see the launch of 10 brews across the province – and they’re all the result of a collaboration between breweries and local mountain biking groups.
A beer with a backstory – what’s not to love? Read on to see the story behind each collab brew – and most importantly, where you can enjoy it.
Brewery: Foghorn Brewing Company
Mountain Biking Group: Queens of Carnage
With a name like Queens of Carnage, it’s a given that the members of that crew will come up with a name that alludes to the level of badassery that mountain biking requires. The fact that it’s a pun referencing the Bosc pears in the brew makes it even better!
Foghorn and Queens of Carnage brewed a mild ale – it’s a style that has low ABV to offer something refreshing and unique that hits the spot after a strenuous ride.
Where to get it: Foghorn Brewing at 47 Clark Road in Rothesay
Brewery: Graystone Brewing
Mountain Biking Group: Mountain Bike Minto
The signature trail in Minto is the inspiration behind this IPA. According to Graystone Brewing, it’s the best trail system in Atlantic Canada – and with a trail named Insanity Later, we’re inclined to agree with them.
Where to get it: On tap at Graystone Brewing at 221 King Street in Fredericton
Breweries: Brasseux d’la Côte, Microbrasserie Houblon-Pêcheur, Brasserie Retro, Distillerie Fils du Roy
Mountain Biking Group: Sirènes en cavales
No less than four breweries in the Acadian Peninsula – and a group of mountain biking women who swear they’re not actual mermaids – partnered up to create Sirène, a Vienna Acadienne made with fresh local barley and malted on the Peninsula. The name was inspired by the mountain biking group’s name, which was itself conceived as an homage to the fishing and water sports that are abundant near their local trails.
Where to get it: Brasseux d’la Côte at 3216 Rue Principale in Tracadie-Sheila
Brewery: Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault
Mountain Biking Group: Sentiers Madawaska Trails
This brew with grisette, cherry, cranberry and hibiscus is perfect for summer.
Where to get it: Petit-Sault taproom on 45 Rue de l’Église, Edmundston
Brewery: Grimross Brewing Co.
Mountain Biking Group: River Valley Cycling
It’s all fun and games with this Session IPA – its name was inspired by a popular trail in the Kennebecasis Valley. River Valley Cycling helped design the label on this one!
Where to get it: Grimross Brewery at 600 Bishop Drive in Fredericton
Breweries: Big Axe Brewery and Hammond River Brewing
Mountain Biking Group: Becaguimec Trail Association
For this lime gose variety, Becaguimec Trail Association turned to a Sixpence None the Richer song for naming inspiration. It’s an instant classic.
Where to get it: Big Axe Brewery at 537 Otis Drive in Nackawic
Hammond River Brewing at 141 Hampton Rd in Rothesay
Brewery: Gahan House Port City
Mountain Biking Group: Be-Rad Adventures
Who doesn’t love a good brew pun? This hazy session ale gets its name from a mountain biking maneuver – and of course, the hops that’s the star of the brew.
Where to get it: Gahan House at 87 Prince William Street in Saint John
Brewery: Sussex Ale Works
Mountain Biking Group: Outdoor Elements Cycling Club
LBS stands for Local Bike Shop – the perfect place for cyclists to meet up before and after a bike run. This kolsch makes for light, easy drinking – it’s the perfect post-run refreshment.
Where to get it: Sussex Ale Works on 597 Main Street in Sussex
Brewery: Long Bay Brewery
Mountain Biking Group: Saint John Cycling and The Trail Miners
The Trail Miners are a group of people who build mountain bike trails locally, and have been working in Rockwood Park on a huge extended trail system – which also happens to have Long Bay Brewery as an official beer sponsor!
A few of the Trail Miners joined in on the brew day – and for naming inspiration, they looked to the early inception of downhill mountain bikes from California. In the 1990s, there was a group of people who would put big tires on cruiser style bikes and would take wild downhill rides on service roads. These klunkers live on as mountain bikes today – so this brew name is a fitting tribute to the origins of the sport.
Where to get it: Long Bay taproom at 82 Marr Road in Rothesay