About zachwiskar

I've been a craft beer guy for a lot of years. Even before I truly discovered the hop-forward styles I tend to lean to now, I was bringing six packs of imported German hefeweizen to the party. I've been home brewing for a few years now and have won a few medals for some of my creations. I've been working on a bit of a beer cellar for the past 3 years as well, and I'll be chronicling some of the adventures in that respect on this blog.

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

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

The AGLC sides with the “little guy”.

As many of you who already read this blog on a regular basis, you may already be aware of some of the recent changes in the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission‘s (AGLC) rules for breweries. Although many who are heavily involved and have invested interests in the beer scene already have complained that not enough has been done to address the complicated tax structure, home brewers like me are quite excited about one important thing: the removal of the minimum production requirements. Gone are the days when you needed to have the capacity to brew 50 HL (lots and lots of beer!) before the AGLC would even consider allowing you to open a brewery, unless you had a restaurant on premises. Another restaurant in Alberta? Well, unless you’re an amazing chef and have something new to bring to the table, you won’t last a year regardless of how awesome your beer is. Continue reading