Beer, Politics and the Economy

A lot of people have been asking me what my thoughts are on the recent changes that the Alberta NDP government has implemented; particularly those impacting beer and brewing. I’ve also noticed that there has been a lot of noise surrounding these changes in the media; some of it has been a little more emotional than factual. It is because of this that I have decided to write a little something about how I view these recent changes. Continue reading

Why Alberta Beer Week Is Important

It came, it educated some and it surprised many. Being the 1st attempt at this cross-province event I was not sure what to expect. After going through it I would have to say that I hope to see Alberta Beer Week grow larger with each passing year. Here’s  why I believe  that we need  events like this in the Alberta  craft  beer  community. Continue reading

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