For The Love Of Brewing Beer

Today I have the pleasure of writing an article on my buddy, Jonas Hurtig. Jonas is a fellow beer lover (surprise surprise that we’d be friends) who also happens to be one of the best homebrewers that I’ve ever met. About a year back he made the jump into professional brewing. Soon one of his recipes will be released around the province as a seasonal one-off! So let’s get to know him a little bit. Continue reading

OC Brewmaster’s Irish Wrist Watch & The 2015 Alberta Beer Festivals

Spring has arrived and everyone seems to be getting geared up for BBQs and patio sitting. Along with all of this outdoor fun comes something that craft beer lovers know & adore….Beer Festival Season! I stopped by Craft Beer Market for the launch of this year’s Alberta Beer Festivals beer to find out what we can expect to see once we flood through those doors to start sampling some delicious brewskis. Continue reading

Cellar Dweller Reviews: Silver Springs Liquor Store

When I moved to Calgary with my fiancee in March 2011, I was really hoping that we were moving to a friendly and safe neighbourhood. Based on the crime stats, I knew we were making the right decision and the view of COP and the slight background of the Alberta Rockies couldn’t be more magnificent. We are also steps from Bowmont Natural Environment Park, one of Calgary’s most beautiful natural areas with lots of walking paths, bike paths and great views of the Bow River. All-in-all, it’s a great place to live but there’s one thing that really sets this neighbourhood above and beyond most NW Calgary neighbourhoods, and that’s Silver Springs Liquor Store. Continue reading

Meet Alberta’s Cicerones

I can remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in a nice restaurant with a wonderful lady across from me; I pick up the wine list to select a bottle. WTF is a Beaujolais… a good jolly?! Panic began to set in as I began thinking about how foolish I was about to look. Thankfully a sommelier swooped in and was able to guide me towards a smart and economical (ya I’m thrifty) choice. With the explosion in popularity of craft beer in this province it is possible to walk into a pub or restaurant and be completely overwhelmed by the extensive beer list. So who you gonna call when you’re struggling to understand what a Trappist beer is? Enter the Cicerone. Continue reading

Cellar Dweller Visits Alley Kat Brewery

Hey gang, it’s been a long time since you last heard from me and Adam has been on my case to get another post up. On what? I’ve been a little silent on the brewery visits and I’ve been home brewing a bit lately, but I’ve mostly been spending time setting up my home 3 tap Keezer (an old freezer converted to a Kegerator). Between work and enjoying a new beer or two, I’ve been all but silent. But that, my friends, that will change for 2015. Continue reading

Past and Present Imperial IPA

Recently an event took place in the Alberta craft beer scene that brought the past and present together for a new experience that will quench the thirst of the local craft beer community. If you’ve been reading my blog you may remember that I wrote a tribute to Brew Brothers when they decided to close their doors to the public. I later followed up with a post on the opening of Last Best Brewing & Distilling who took over the old Brew Brothers location on Electric Ave. Well the relationship between the old Brew Brothers crew & Last Best did not end there.  Many a pint has been shared between the two groups since then and they decided to brew an Imperial IPA together that’ll be filling pint glasses shortly. Continue reading

Learning About (Drinking) Beer

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” These are wise words from Martin Luther King Jr. While some people may not think that this would apply to the world of craft beer, I beg to differ. The more that you know about something, the more you can appreciate it. Beer is part science and part art (two subjects that I took in school) and if you really want to understand & enjoy it, you need to study it. There are many ways in which you can increase your beer intelligence and if you drink enough beer it should help build character (at least that’s what I tell myself). So let’s take a look at Dave Nuttall’s Beer School and see if we can increase our Beer IQ. Continue reading