NEW BRUNSWICK & QUEBEC – This year sees the 170th anniversary of Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, an epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow set during the expulsion of the Acadians, and to mark the occasion, a number of breweries in the region once known as Acadia – plus one in the area where the Acadians settled – have released special beers to mark the occasion.
Inspiration for the project came from the following lines in the poem:
Then Evangeline lighted the brazen lamp on the table,
Filled, till it overflowed, the pewter tankard with home-brewed
Nut-brown ale, that was famed for its strength in the village of Grand-Pré
Following this lead, breweries in New Brunswick (Acadie-Broue, Brasseux d’la Côte, CAVOK Brewing, Distillerie Fils du Roy, Flying Boats Brewing, Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault, Savoie’s Brewhouse), Quebec (À l’abri de la Tempête, Microbrasserie le Naufrageur), and Louisiana (Cajun Brewing) have each brewed their version of an Acadian or Cajun Nut-Brown Ale.
For more details of the beers and their availability, follow the links above to contact the respective breweries.