High demand for Eric Wagner’s Prince County beers
by Bryan Carver
For Eric Wagner and the whole team at Moth Lane Brewing, this long, hot summer has been a whirlwind.
The brewery is situated at the end of a long dirt road, overlooking the dunes that stretch along the Western lengths of the North Shore. Moth Lane’s beer is in such high demand this summer that they often have a few taps at the brewery that sit empty. I was fortunate to arrive on a sunny afternoon just after they had a chance to replenish a few beers before getting them into kegs and watching them fly out the door to restaurants Island-wide.
Luckily, I got to sample all four beers they had on tap—only two taps sat empty, waiting for more beer to come from the cellar to fill the draft line. First up was the “Motor Boat’r Blonde” Ale, approachable even with its higher than typical ABV (alcohol by volume) for a Blonde Ale, sitting at 6.5%. This beer is the place to start for anyone who made the trip to the brewery to slack their thirsty, especially on a hot summer day.
Next was the “Drag’n Anchor”, another pale offering. Billed as Belgian style Golden Ale, the aroma from the yeast does not come across with the peppery phenols you would expect from its Belgian cousins, but more on the subtle, fruity ester side. Nevertheless, it’s a nice beer that can be found for fleeting moments around Charlottetown.
“Red Dirt Road” was the third sample available. A well-balanced Red Ale that deserves its spot as a flag ship beer for Moth Lane. A pleasant, malty profile with expected caramel notes and a moderate bitterness that helps reign in those rich, malty flavours.
Lastly, the beloved Double IPA that has been affectionately dubbed “The Answer.” If this beer is the answer, The Moth Lane team certainly knew the questions being asked by Island hop lovers when they created it. Well balanced with the expected punch of bitterness, it draws influence from the West Coast brewers of the US. “The Answer” does a fine job delivering the hop dose IPA lovers look for.
Regretfully, the legendary “Oyster Thief” Oyster Stout was absent from the taps on this trip to Moth Lane but finding it at one of PEI’s bars and restaurants will make it that much more enjoyable. For those who enjoy a good, dark beer, this one is not to be missed when searching out the Island’s best beers.