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

Bringing Community Focused Craft Beer to Calgary

I have been in a really good mood lately. This is because one of my favourite Alberta craft breweries is opening up a location close by in Calgary. I’m sure that some of you have already guessed that I am talking about Bearhill Brewing Company’s Last Best Brewing & Distilling. I have a feeling that this microbrewery/brewpub will be a game changer for the Alberta craft beer scene. Continue reading

The Quest of Half Hitch Brewing Co

The Alberta craft beer scene is growing and I couldn’t be happier! The province will be adding another microbrewery in about a year when Half Hitch Brewing Company opens in Cochrane. The brewery was founded by Chris Heier, an entrepreneur & homebrewer extraordinaire, along with the rest of the Heier family. I was able to speak to Chris about their new venture and his passion for brewing craft beer only made me more excited about what the future has in store for us thirsty Albertans. Continue reading

Christmas Festivities and Craft Beer in Canmore

This will probably be my last post in 2013, so I thought that I’d end the year with a frozen high-note. Winter time in Canada may have its difficulties; the cold and snow can take their toll on us. But it can also have its pro side; skiing, snowshoeing, Christmas and winter craft beers! A few weeks back I took a short jaunt up to Canmore where I experienced both sides of winter. It was a bone-chilling -28 degrees outside but the town was all decked out for Christmas in Canmore and The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company restaurant had a fireplace to help keep warm! Continue reading

Fresh Beer Brewed in Jasper

My National Park craft beer road trip weekend continued with a jaunt up to Jasper to visit the guys at Jasper Brewing Company. They are the original Alberta brewpub from Bear Hill Brewing Company.

Highway 93

The scenery off Highway 93 is incredible.

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Mountains, Food and The Craft Beer Unity Brew at Banff

There are views and then there are VIEWS. Standing on the balcony at the Banff Inn and looking at the scenery, I could not be more content. Staring at the Rockies and anticipating my night of eating & drinking freshly brewed Alberta craft beers; I just could’t ask for more.

Banff National Park, Banff Avenue

I found myself constantly looking up while strolling down Banff’s main street.

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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.

Nightrider RCDA,  Craft Beer

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

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