Ramblings On Beer Taxes and Craft Beer Culture

Well I’m sure that most of you have heard about the recent changes to the Alberta taxes on beer; in fact, I am sure that we have all heard quite a lot about it. I don’t want to repeat what has already been said by so many others (and much better than I could say it I might add) or just go on some sort of rant about it. I already wrote about the major changes back in November and my view on the situation has not really changed since then. But I do have this blog thing so I might as well say a few things. Forgive me for my ramblings. Continue reading

Craft Beer Spotlight Series: Kyle Smythe

I’m still making up for lost ground here so I wanted to get another article out there. I have to warn you right off the bat that this one is a little more personal than usual. Someone who I know, work alongside and hang out with is leaving the Alberta craft beer industry to head west to Kelowna. I figured that a little tribute piece was in order to send him off. So here it is, here’s the beer drenched story of Kyle Smythe. Continue reading

Growing The Brewpub Culture In Calgary

Recently I came to the realization that I have been quiet on this blog for too long. So I would like to make a little noise about a new brewery that’s going to be enriching Calgary’s brewpub culture this summer. I’m sure that some of you have already guessed that I am referring to Trolley 5 which is going to be brewing, cooking & pouring pints for us starting in June. Continue reading

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