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

For The Love Of Brewing Beer

Today I have the pleasure of writing an article on my buddy, Jonas Hurtig. Jonas is a fellow beer lover (surprise surprise that we’d be friends) who also happens to be one of the best homebrewers that I’ve ever met. About a year back he made the jump into professional brewing. Soon one of his recipes will be released around the province as a seasonal one-off! So let’s get to know him a little bit. Continue reading

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

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

Ed McNally: A Tribute To A Life Lived To Its Fullest

Alberta lost one of its most accomplished citizens on Tuesday night when Edward McNally passed away during the night. As most of you already know, Ed was the founder of Big Rock Brewery and started the craft beer scene here in Alberta when he decided that there wasn’t enough choice in the beer fridges of our local liquor stores. While this achievement would be enough to secure someone’s legacy it was not the only one for Mr. McNally. Let’s take a look at a life of someone who lived it to the fullest. Continue reading

Craft Beer Spotlight Series: Ric Cutillo

For my 2nd article in the craft beer spotlight series I would like to cover Ric Cutillo. Ric is one of the owners of Kensington’s beer Mecca: Midtown Kitchen & Bar. As a regular at Midtown I know that this place is a definite plus when it comes to showcasing how incredible good beer can be. Judging from the crowds that I’ve seen at Midtown, there are lots of people who would agree with me. But for anyone unfamiliar with the spot, I hope that after reading this you’ll be inspired to go see what it’s like for yourself. And now on with the show. Continue reading

Craft Beer Spotlight Series: Marcus Brais

The Alberta craft beer scene is growing; I think that’s pretty obvious. There are many reasons for this growth spurt. One that pops to mind is the passionate people who have been working to nurture this growth. It is for this reason that I would like to have a series of articles showcasing some of these individuals. First up is Beer Revolution‘s Marcus Brais. Continue reading