When I was in undergrad in the early 1980's, just before New Brunswick's Hans Haus sorta failed at lift-off and Nova Scotia's Granite Brewery took off, I mainly drank beer made by two breweries that made beers that were pretty much like beers in the rest of Canada, except they were made by Moosehead's Dartmouth brewery and Oland's in Halifax's north end. The brands we bought were local and we were loyal to the beers of our province like Old Scotia, Schooner, Keith's and Oland's Ex. One beer me and my pals did not have such fondness for was Moosehead's Ten-penny ale but we no longer have to fear this beer as Halifax's Daily News reports:
A Maritime brew is heading for extinction, but it won't leave many drinkers crying in their beer. Ten-Penny Old Stock Ale is soon to be a memory in Nova Scotia. Bottled by New Brunswick-based Moosehead, Ten-Penny is already off the shelves at most Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores. But at what seems to be one of the last bars in HRM to sell Ten-Penny, it's not exactly flying out of the cooler. "We have 26 left and we put it on our sign outside, so we're trying to trick people into coming in and buying it before it's gone," said Kendall Burton, general manager of the Lion's Head Tavern and Grill.If you can't sell Ten-Penny at the Lion's Head, believe me, you have an issue...justsayin'. And don't order the salad.
Anyway, if old style Schooner was the beer your uncle drank (or at least he did before that day when it magically began to taste exactly like Labatt Blue) Ten-Penny was the beer your grandfather drank because it smelled like his shed. The professors at my small undergrad bought it, one suspects for the same reason that anyone did: so no one would steal one on you. It was musty and even musky stuff with a pale malt funk that has the power to catch on the gag reflex even as a 20 year old memory. While it is enjoying strong US sales, the Moosehead brewery in New Brunswick is the remaining rump of the east coast empire after the Dartmouth branch ceased operations in the 90s. The brewery describes the beer in this way:
Ten-Penny Old Stock Ale: Ten-Penny is a robust ale brewed using top fermenting ale yeast, more malt and hops for extra body and higher alcohol content (5.3% alcohol by volume). Its unique flavour has made it the choice of Maritime traditional ale drinkers for decades.That description is almost as kind as the decision to cease production.
And while the two whole reviewers at BeerAdvocate say it was not anything to look forward to in its last incarnation either I am sure there are those that will regret this decision and if you are one of them feel free to vent. I make no judgment. We are here to help.