Cherry Porter Launch Party at Wildrose Brewery

No plans for Friday yet? Well you’ve got no worries now, because Wildrose Brewery will be launching one of their most popular seasonal Alberta craft beers, the “Cherry Porter”. And to start things off with a bang they’ll be hosting a launch party at the Wild Rose Taproom all day!

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Wild Rose will be releasing their seasonal Cherry Porter November 1st.

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Crispy Pork and Craft Beer at The Pig and Duke

House or apartment hunting is different for everyone. Having a good neighbourhood pub is one of the things that I look for when scouting out new areas to live. Luckily, Calgary has a bunch of pubs serving quality craft beer on tap. I recently went to the The Pig & Duke for a meal and a couple of pints and this neighbourhood pub is exactly the kind of local hang out that I look for.

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The Pig & Duke: Bacon Lovers & Craft Beer Fans Unite!


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The Rocky Mountain Fest: As Seen By a Craft Beer Geek

I find it amazing how the BMO Centre changes its appearance so often. It looks different every time I’m there. Last weekend the hall was decked out for the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. I could see an abundance of wine, spirits & craft beer stalls scattered cross the area along with some great food to pair with your beverage of choice. Basically, the stage was set for some intense flavour exploration!

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Two amazing Alberta Craft Breweries: Hog’s Head & Grizzly Paw pouring next to each other.


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Craft Beer At The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

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The 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

This Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, the BMO Centre will be hosting the 16th annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. But don’t let the name of this event fool you. There will be more than just wine available for drinking alongside the many delicious creations from local food purveyors.

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Talking Alberta Craft Beer with Kent Paterson

Attending craft beer festivals pays off! Like I mentioned in my post on the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest not only do you get to taste premium beers, you get to meet a lot of interesting people. One of the guys that I spoke to at the festival was Kent Paterson, the head brewer at Banff Avenue Brewing Company. Kent told me that he was coming to Calgary on Saturday so we got to hang out for a while to talk about Banff Ave. and the craft beer scene in Alberta.

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Nightrider RCDA a joint creation from Banff Avenue Brewing Co. & Terrapin Brewing Co.

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Kananaskis: An Amazing Place with a Great Craft Beer Fest!

While in the car on my way to the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest my spirits were exceptionally high. How could I not be in a good mood when I know that I am about to sample some great Alberta craft beer while enjoying this incredible scenery? There is something about the Rockies that just makes me happy to be in Alberta. They can keep all of the sandy beaches and tropical weather because my heart belongs in the mountains.

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The drive alone is incredible! Kananaskis Country scenery from the car.

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The 1st Annual Kananaskis Craft Beer Festival

The Rockies will be stocked with craft beer this weekend when Kananaskis throws its very first annual craft beer festival as a part of the Kananaskis Mountain Festival.

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Scenic countryside. Courtesy of The Brewster Kananaskis Guest Ranch.

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Oktoberfest: A New Festival for Calgary

The Germans know what they are doing when it comes to celebrating beer, sausages and lively oompah bands. I attended Calgary’s first Oktoberfest festivities this past weekend and I’d have to say that Alberta Beer Festivals would have made King Ludwig I proud.

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Crown Prince Ludwig, 1807 by Angelica Kauffman

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