It came, it educated some and it surprised many. Being the 1st attempt at this cross-province event I was not sure what to expect. After going through it I would have to say that I hope to see Alberta Beer Week grow larger with each passing year. Here’s why I believe that we need events like this in the Alberta craft beer community. Continue reading
November is shaping up to be a good month in terms of cask ale. We had the Casks for a Cause recently which saw 12 cask ales (and 1 cask killa’) available for sampling. Next up National 17 will be hosting another awesome event for another great cause. So let’s talk about that for a minute. Continue reading
One of the things that I love most about craft breweries is how engaged they are with their local communities. They aren’t just some massive faceless entity pumping out suds to make the most profit possible. Village Brewery uses the slogan: “It takes a village to raise a beer. And a beer to raise a village.” to emphasize how community-oriented they are. I had the pleasure of attending one of their recent events which involved the Village Wit, a pair of bull testicles and a really good cause. Continue reading
If the BMO Centre seems strangely quiet recently it is probably because the Calgary International Beerfest has come and gone. I was able to take it in both as a volunteer (an experience that I highly recommend to any passionate beer fans) and as a spectator (read beer drinker ). I know that lots of you showed up and had a blast but I want to put a few of my highlights down here just for the record. So bear with me. Continue reading
Spring is here and with it comes nicer weather, greener landscapes & not having to wear 20 pounds of clothes when you go outside! But there’s something else that comes with this change of season, something that beer geeks like me get even more excited about. Beerfest! And judging from the crowd that I saw at Craft Beer Market to launch a beer brewed by Olds College in honour of Calgary’s very own beerfest, I am not the only guy out there getting geared up for May. Continue reading
We are less than a month away from the 2014 Calgary International Beer Festival, a celebration of all things beer in the Calgary and surrounding area. If you attended last year, you’ll know how busy and exciting the festivities were. The Calgary International Beer Festival will take place on May 2-3, 2014 in halls “C”, “D,” and “E” of the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Continue reading
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
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.