The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC)will hold Nova Scotia’sfirst annual NSLC’s Beer Gala, featuring the finest specialtybeers in the world. The NSLC’s Beer Gala — Taste the Finest Specialty Beers in theWorld takes place Thursday, Aug. 19 at Casino Nova Scotia, inHalifax. The walkabout-style tasting will spotlight more than 80 varietiesof beers from 16 countries from around the world. More than 40breweries will be represented at the gala. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres, designed to maximize the trueflavour of the products, will be offered. All products featuredat the gala are available at NSLC stores in the Beers of theWorld section. There will be an on-site NSLC store at the galawhich will give guests the opportunity to place purchase ordersfor beers featured at the event. “The NSLC will be launching a new product line of beers to NovaScotia at the Beer Gala — trappist and abbey beers fromBelgium,” said John Strickey, vice president, merchandise andmarketing for the NSLC. “This is another example of the NSLC’scommitment to bring a wide selection of quality products to theconsumers of Nova Scotia.” Trappist beers are brewed in monasteries under the supervision ofthe Cistercian monastic community. There are only six trappistbreweries in the world and they are renowned for the uniqueproducts they have brewed over the years. Abbey beers are brewedby independent businesses under license of the monks. Consumers who attend the gala will have an opportunity to meetBill White, resident brewmaster for Oland Specialty Beer Company.In his quest to educate beer lovers about the history, traditionand quality of specialty beers, Bill has participated in beerfestivals around the world. Tickets are on sale now for $54.99, including tax, and areavailable through select NSLC stores or by calling the NSLCticket line 1-866-605-8269. In 2003, Nova Scotians purchased $206,291,000 of beer,representing 49.9 per cent of total gross sales revenue for theNSLC. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation provides world class selectionand service of beverage alcohol through the operation of 101retail and eight agency stores throughout the province. Byproviding superior customer convenience and service, the NSLCreturns substantial revenue to the provincial government, whileensuring the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol in NovaScotia.