More Wild Rose in Wild Rose Country

Wild Rose Country is seeing some big changes in their craft beer scene. For instance, Wild Rose Brewing Company (the first Alberta microbrewery that I fell for) has made some major moves recently. They opened up a new brewery, launched a different marketing campaign and of course, brewed more new beers for us to taste. Ya, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for us Alberta craft beer hounds. Continue reading

The Collaboration Brew

Brew day at the Big Rock Brewery is a special day. Especially when the Calgary brewery is set to introduce a new collaboration recipe into their already lengthy lineup of beers. It’s special because you’re essentially in on a giant experiment. Tests and refinements have been covered to this point so that you get a basic idea of the flavour going in to the brew, but it’s a different thing entirely when you’re brewing on a larger scale. 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

Cheers to 19 Years of Brew Brothers Craft Beer

Some of you may already be aware that Brew Brothers Brewery will be leaving the Alberta craft beer scene shortly. Many of us are saddened to see them go after 19 years of brewing great craft beer. I thought that it would only be appropriate to dedicate a post to honour their legacy.

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The Craft Beer Makeover at Big Rock Brewery

You may have noticed that Big Rock Brewery has made some changes recently. Maybe microbreweries feel pressured to make major changes for the New Year just like humans do. But instead of signing up for the gym (and only lacing up their running shoes 3 times!) they decided to give themselves a marketing makeover and head into 2014 with plans to launch at least 14 new experimental craft beers! Continue reading

The Craft Beer Movement in a Tool Shed

Well it’s 2014 and I am guessing that most of the people reading a blog about Alberta craft beer rang in the New Year with some tasty pints! I chose to spend my New Year’s Eve pouring with the guys from Tool Shed Brewing Company at the National on 17th (usually I am on the other side of the tap). Hanging out with Jeff & Graham made me realize how well these guys embody the craft beer movement that is sweeping the globe.

National on 17

My view of the party from the Tool Shed Booth.

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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

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