Good Robot Brewing Co.

Month: May 2017

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It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

  • By Dan Hendricken

5pm. 17:00 hours. Quitting Time. For years, this has been the time society has told us it’s ‘appropriate’ to have a beer. Well, personally I am sick of this. I’m tired of being told when i can have a drink. I’m a +19 adult, and just like doing my taxes, I’ll start drinking whenever I feel like it.

This freedom train is not done rolling though, because I’m talking about having a few beach beers on a long weekend. I’m talking about having a few adult beverages on a Tuesday in March. Break out the bus tickets, Daddy is having himself a weekday.

Do not go boldly into this brave new world of day drinking blind though, my friend. Day drinking is a tricky beast, look no further than every episode of Cops for proof. So here is a quick guide to day drinking, along with some classy recommendations to pair your beer perfectly with the time of day.

 

7a.m.-9a.m. Oatmeal Stout

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as is the first beer. This full bodied, sweet treat brew is smoother than a oil slicked penguin. It’s the perfect way to start your day. Plus, with all that oatmeal,l you are pretty much drinking some Quaker Oats.

Recommended Beer:

Cereal Killer Stout – Big Spruce

  • Rich, moderately dry, with deep chocolate and coffee flavours.
  • It has cereal in the name! It’s just begging to be breakfast.

 

9a.m.-11a.m. Coffee Brown

Maybe you are at work, on the bus, or just debating whether McDonald’s breakfast is special anymore because it’s too available.’ It doesn’t matter, it’s time for another beer.

It’s time to take some advice from your Aunt’s favourite Facebook meme: “Instant human, just add Coffee.” That’s right, it’s Coffee Beer time. Now this is not the beer equivalent of a Vodka Red Bull, so you can keep the Ed Hardy in the closet. This is a toasty, caramelly, creamy combo of the 2 greatest beverages of all. It’s comforting and crisp, and best of all is very unassuming looking in an office coffee mug. Just don’t use the “Hang in there” cat one, apparently Karen owns that one and she freaks if you use it.

Recommended Beer:

Dave & Morley Coffee Brown – Good Robot Brewing

  • This almost porter-like brown is nicely balanced, and still has a good kick at 6.3% ABV. Aka that performance meeting will likely be a little bit more pleasant than usual.

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11a.m. – 1p.m. Table Beer

Awesome, almost half way through the work day. Time to have a pint for lunch, no more mug beers! Whether you’re out with your co-workers, or hitting up a patio when the sun creates no shadows, for this time of day I’m suggesting a table beer. Clean, crisp and a guilt free ABV. This beer says ‘Hey, I’d love to have a beer mid-way through the work day. Hell, I might have 2 if not 3. If Jerry from accounting shoots me a dirty look, I’ll remind him we’ve all seen him leave the storage closet at the christmas party with a woman that definitely wasn’t Linda.

 

Recommended Beer:  

Liesse Table Beer- 2 Crows

  • Citrusy, Refreshing, Bright and Smooth
  • Imagine if Coors Light was fucking great…am I allowed to say fucking? Who cares? I’ve been drinking since 7a.m.

1pm -5pm American Pale Ale

Now with a belly full of food and half a buzz you can really conquer the rest of your day. I’m thinking maybe a tasty crisp APA out of a coloured water bottle. It’s sharp notes will keep you focused and fresh faced for the rest of the day. The balanced hops and malts will wash down lunch and keep that garlic and onion breath at bay. Take a back seat Excel, there is a new breath freshener in town. Plus it can totally could pass for Kombucha. I mean they are both fermented right? Your gut is going to be on point.

 

Recommended Beer:

DeWolfe of Wall Street APA – Good Robot Brewing

  • It’s clean, crisp and crushable.
  • Jordan Belfort was super successful and I think he drank beer? I’m not sure there was a lot of other stuff going on in that movie.

 

There you have it, a loose guide to day drinking. This is merely a list of suggestions, not hard and fast rules. Day drinking is an art form and has many different expressions. From Coors-fueled camping trips, to a few too many cesar’s at brunch, to even sipping a Guinness on the beach (I have seen it before, it was insane). The most important rule is to have fun and don’t text your ex.

 

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Beer Releases – June

We only have 5 fermenters, which means our rotating beer selection will constantly let you down. Here’s a list of everything we have coming up so you can pre-plan your disappointment.

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Doug got adventurous and ordered $25k worth of oceanian hops. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any recipes to use them in, so we’re happy to present a series of single malt and single hop, also known as SMaSH, beers that we call, SMaSH Hits! – a tribute to misfits who made it to primetime. Bob Saget. Roseanne Barr. Drew Carey. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Each tribute will feature a basic barley and yeast that will allow the hop character to shine through. First up: How Wude! Saget Ale featuring the father of tropical hops with a west coast flavour, Dr. Rudi. Later this month, watch out for the SMaSH Hit! featuring Pacifica, which packs an orange marmalade character.

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June also marks the return of an old favourite from last year, The Shocking Pink!, a variation on our gose with pink lemonade and hibiscus tea. The beer will be released in time for OUTEast Queer Film Festival, with whom we are again pumped to be partnering with.

Forget mimosas and caesars. Version 3.0 of our Dave & Morley – Coffee Brown (collaboration w/ Low Point Coffee) returns this month. Featuring our favourite coffee yet – Burundi Gacokwe – this version will be rich and chock-full of caramel and chocolate.

If you haven’t been here in a while, our Koji Kondo – Sake Beer is selling like rice cakes and the newest version of our Damn Fine Coffee & Cherry Pie (pale ale), featuring Low Point Coffee Kenya Mahiga, is also on tap. Also look for a variety of our other classic beers on tap in the next little while, including our Burban Legend (American pale ale) and Goseface Killah (gose). As always, our beer page is updated daily with the current tap list.

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Events – June

We’ve got some sexy events lined up to kick off the summer. And what could be sexier than a Burlap-sque show?

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Yes, from the demented mind of Nick Greeno (Backstage Printing) comes an event so good, you’ll burlap it up. Turns out Nick traded printing services for a whole pile of burlap sacks and this was his answer to it. Burlap Fashion Show. Burlap-sque Variety Show. Burlap Sack Races. Slated for June 20.

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Proud to announce we are one of the sponsors of OUTEast Queer Film Fest from June 15 to 18. Several films are slated to screen at the Halifax Central Library and Museum of Natural History. Plus, we’ll be here every night for the aftermath, including an ear-tingling Saturday showcase of silent disco: don your pair of headphones and tune in to the DJs in the quietest rager you’ve ever attended. Plus, Sunday will feature brunch here and a read-along screening of the “classic” film, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion.

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In fact, as part of our Robie Scope Spring Movie Series, we’ll be screening films outdoors every Sunday through June. This month, we’ll be featuring The Muppet Movie (1979) (June 4), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (June 11), and The Blues Brothers (June 25).

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The summer will also see the return of a Robot classic, Just Vorlaufs! Live from the GastroTurf. Join comedian Dan Hendricken and a slew of rotating talent for this outdoor comedy show. A live, outdoor broadcasting of unfiltered comedians on microphones through a quiet neighbourhood. What could go wrong?

As always, stay up to date with more of our events by following our Events Page.

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Brews News – June

As we segue into our busy season, we’re panicking to make everything work. But it’s fine. Probably.

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Everyone wants to know how things are with the neighbours at the Centre for Islamic Development since our media blow-up in October. During our meeting in October, we made a list of propositions to improve relations – including better premises and block control, recalibrating speaker volumes and music selections, mounting signs, scheduling events around prayer times, increasing block patrols from our north alley through to St. Albans for litter, loitering and the like – to name a few. We’re happy to report that we met with some reps of the Centre in May and things are great. We’ve had amicable relations since the autumn.

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Giovanni. In his resume, he said he had experience with photography. When we inquired about this in his interview, he said, “I’m very photogenic.”

Man, look at that beauty! We hired a slew of new Robots in the past couple months. Give it up for Alley, Chris, Pat, Gio, Harry, Aaron, Kyle, Bridgette, Jennifer and Taylor! Kyle and Bridgette round out our DesignBot team. Jenn & Taylor, a mean mother-daughter combo, have been tackling our markets at Alderney Landing and Wolfville while the other Bots are hospitality. In addition to their day-to-day, Alley is spearheading our Brewsletter and marketing initiatives, Gio (pictured above) is moving into brewery work, Aaron is our Business Administrator, and I’m sure we’ll find ways to exploit the rest.

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Our resident yeast expert and BrewBot Erica recently returned from Montreal where we sent her to further her knowledge on yeast cultures and beer culture via the Brewing Microbiology course at Siebel Institute. We’re looking forward to the results. On a related note, Gio studied the same program as Erica and once extracted a wild yeast culture from birch trees in the Bahamas to create an apple cider. Curious what this duo can come up with.

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Our DesignBot team is now 6 people in size: Brent, Kyle, Bridgette, Sara, Brittany (from afar) and Sam. The work they produce is nothing short of incredible. Just check out Mobie, our new company vehicle. I feel like a proud father at a baseball tournament where all 6 of my children brought home medals. And not for participation.

It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere

By Dan Hendricken
5pm. 17:00 hours. Quitting Time. For years, this has been the time society has told us it’s ‘appropriate’ to have a beer. Well, personally I am sick of this. I’m tired of being told when i can have a drink. I’m a +19 adult, and just like doing my taxes, I’ll start drinking whenever I feel like it.

This freedom train is not done rolling though, because I’m talking about having a few beach beers on a long weekend. I’m talking about having a few adult beverages on a Tuesday in March. Break out the bus tickets, Daddy is having himself a weekday.

Do not go boldly into this brave new world of day drinking blind though, my friend. Day drinking is a tricky beast, look no further than every episode of Cops for proof. So here is a quick guide to day drinking, along with some classy recommendations to pair your beer perfectly with the time of day. Continue reading

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Beer Releases – May

It’s raining outside, which means summer is on it’s way. And with these scorching 13°C days come some crushable beers to sweat out as quick as you drink ’em.

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Our Koji Kondo – Sake Beer was a fun little experiment. See, we love sake. For a long time it was our go-to on nights where we just couldn’t fit any more beer in. Something about the crisp rice and fruity character just screamed, “$14 at the NSLC.” And typically, we’d play a lot of Super Smash Brothers while drinking it. So it’s only appropriate that we paid tribute to the composer of so many classic Nintendo themes with a beer brewed with flaked rice, pale and pilsner malts, Sorachi Ace hops and sake yeast. Available May 12 as part of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week.

Speaking of Super Smash Bros., Doug bought a boatload of Oceanian hops and is doing a series of SMaSH (single malt and single hop) beers in order to empty out our freezer. First up: a beer brewed with pale malt, Dr. Rudi hops and Californa Ale yeast (name TBD). Look for it sometime in late May.

May also marks the return of the David Lynch classic Twin Peaks. Naturally, we had to capitalize on this and are releasing the Damn Fine Coffee & Cherry Pie – Pale Ale just in time for the show’s debut on May 21.

Also look for a variety of our other classic beers on tap in the next little while, including the Leave Me Blue – Corn. As always, our beer page is updated daily with the current tap list.