Meet Alberta’s Cicerones

I can remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in a nice restaurant with a wonderful lady across from me; I pick up the wine list to select a bottle. WTF is a Beaujolais… a good jolly?! Panic began to set in as I began thinking about how foolish I was about to look. Thankfully a sommelier swooped in and was able to guide me towards a smart and economical (ya I’m thrifty) choice. With the explosion in popularity of craft beer in this province it is possible to walk into a pub or restaurant and be completely overwhelmed by the extensive beer list. So who you gonna call when you’re struggling to understand what a Trappist beer is? Enter the Cicerone. 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

Past and Present Imperial IPA

Recently an event took place in the Alberta craft beer scene that brought the past and present together for a new experience that will quench the thirst of the local craft beer community. If you’ve been reading my blog you may remember that I wrote a tribute to Brew Brothers when they decided to close their doors to the public. I later followed up with a post on the opening of Last Best Brewing & Distilling who took over the old Brew Brothers location on Electric Ave. Well the relationship between the old Brew Brothers crew & Last Best did not end there.  Many a pint has been shared between the two groups since then and they decided to brew an Imperial IPA together that’ll be filling pint glasses shortly. Continue reading

Learning About (Drinking) Beer

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” These are wise words from Martin Luther King Jr. While some people may not think that this would apply to the world of craft beer, I beg to differ. The more that you know about something, the more you can appreciate it. Beer is part science and part art (two subjects that I took in school) and if you really want to understand & enjoy it, you need to study it. There are many ways in which you can increase your beer intelligence and if you drink enough beer it should help build character (at least that’s what I tell myself). So let’s take a look at Dave Nuttall’s Beer School and see if we can increase our Beer IQ. Continue reading

Favourite Winter Seasonals From BC Beer Bloggers & One Albertan

I have to say that I was pretty excited when I got the invite to collaborate with this group of British Columbia craft beer bloggers. The beer culture on our western coast is something for all of us to aspire to. Just looking at all of the dedicated bloggers out there gives you an idea of how popular their local craft brewing scene is. The idea behind this collaboration is for each blogger (West Coast Beer Geek, Mike’s Craft Beer, Dennis the Foodie, me &The BeerRater ) to choose 3 winter seasonal releases that we’re excited about. Since I am an Albertan my choices will come from our microbreweries. I should warn you that at the time of writing this one of my choices has not been released yet; I’m just really excited to check it out! Continue reading

Becoming a Brewer at Hog’s Head

Growing up could be a wild time when you look back at it. Trying to determine what you want to do with yourself is a part of that journey. Some people want to become doctors & lawyers, others might want to join the fire department or take the reins of a corporation as a businessman. Then there are those different guys who seem to really like….beer. Continue reading

Craft Beer Spotlight Series: The Beer Scribes

When you think about craft beer and the people who have helped spread awareness about it in Alberta certain names will  pop into your head. Some of them are probably ones that you can find attached to paragraphs about craft beer. That is why I would like to devote this edition of my Craft Beer Spotlight Series to some of Alberta’s beer scribes. Continue reading

Two Casks, a Pig and an Oompah Band

Well it’s that time of year again. Break out those lederhosens & dirndls and get set to party like it’s 19th Century Bavaria because the 2nd Annual Calgary Oktoberfest is almost here! This year there’s a particular attraction that has caught some attention from the local beer geeks. It has been dubbed the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  I would like to delve into what this is all about. Continue reading