Work sometimes takes me to some places I wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise. Recently that meant a night in Moncton New Brunswick.
It was a perfect relaxing evening in a beautiful city. Hopefully in future I will be there to see the Tidal Bore which apparently is quite a sight to see!… read more about that here https://tidalboretimes.ca
Flying Boats Brewery
The evening started with a visit to a new local craft brewery, Flying Boats Brewing. My co-workers and I had the pleasure of meeting the owner who gave us a thorough tour through his operation. I’ve never learned so much about brewing as I did in that 30 minutes and it was fascinating.
I was impressed that for an operation that started in the owners garage in 2015, it has now grown to a, 15 barrel brew house with a canning line. They also recently opened a fully licensed taproom with beer flight samples, pints, growler fills, and 473ml cans for sale. On tap were 9 brews to chose from plus a delicious radler.
Brews available were as follows:
1 – Dixie Clipper IPA – 6.5%
2 – Empress Irish Red Ale – 5.5%
3 – S-55 Mission Special Pale Ale – 5.7%
4 – Kissing Rock Blonde Ale – 5.3%
5 – Humpyard Steam Ale – 5.7%
6 – Stagecoach Amber Ale – 5.5%
7 – Station Master Stout – 4.8%
8 – Coastal Good Life Session IPA – 4.7%
9 – Picnic Train Witbier – 5.3%
The radler available was a mix of their Kissing Rock Blonde Ale and lemonade.
Pricing is reasonable. 16oz pint goes for $6.50, Growler Fills are $7.50 for 1L and $14 for 2L. The sampler which I did in the tap room was 4, 4oz samples for $8.50. All pricing is taxes in.
The Kissing Rock Blonde Ale was my favourite and a few cans definitely made it into my suitcase home. Looking forward to a re-stock when I make it back.
Pump House Brewery
It was then time for a food run which meant hitting up another local brewery that also has a full restaurant, Pump House Brewery.
Pump House has been brewing since 1999 and while has its roots in New Brunswick, its product can now be found in every province across Canada except for Quebec and Saskatchewan.
The name comes from its founder, Shaun Fraser, who is a retired fire fighter from the Moncton fire department. The operation has expanded from it’s centrally located brewery and restaurant to the purchase of an additional building a bit more out of downtown. This additional building was used to house bottling equipment to brew, bottle, and package the Pump House brands for sale in liquor and beer stores. There has now been further expansion with the development of another restaurant called the Barn Yard BBQ.
Pump House has the following brews available year round:
1 – Fire Chief’s Red Ale
2 – Pump House IPA
3 – Four Alarm IPA
4 – Muddy River Stout
5 – SOB – Special Old Bitter
6 – Scotch Ale
7 – Pail Ale
8 – Cadian Cream Ale
9 – Blueberry Ale
10 – Pump House Premium Lager
11 – Pump House Premium Pilsner
My favourite is the Blueberry Ale which I’ve now been buying for years. I love that when you visit the Brewpub and order it, it comes with blueberries floating in it.
The Brewpub has quite a diverse menu, the star is definitely their pizza though. All the pizza is made in an original wood fired pizza oven. According to their menu, “The authentic Italian way to bake pizza is to use a real wood fired brick oven. The intense heat cooks the pizza quickly, locking in freshness and flavour,
while creating a light and crispy crust with a truly unique taste”.
I had their BBQ chicken pizza, bbq chicken, bacon, mushrooms , green peppers, topped with mozzarella and cheddar, and then garnished with BBQ sauce. This sells for $14.75cdn. I also added pineapple to it… hey I
like pineapple especially when it gets a grilled taste to it!