National’s Battle of the Casks!

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

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

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 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 Grand Opening of 5 Vines: Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits

A few weeks back I ventured to downtown Calgary to check out the grand opening of 5 Vines Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits. Normally the opening of a new liquor store would not be something that I would attend; but I started following these guys on social media and there was something about them that intrigued me, plus some guests would be on hand pouring some special brews.

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The 5 Vines: Wine, Craft Beer & Liquor logo

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Big Rock with Paul Gautreau at the Helm

A couple of Thursdays ago, I attended the “Beer Bash” at Willow Park, which craft beer fans should check out next year if they have not gone yet. I had a great time drinking different craft beers from all kinds of microbreweries and snacking on tasty food. However, the real highlight of the night for me was being able to talk to Big Rock Brewery’s Brewmaster, Paul Gautreau. Meeting Paul made me think about how much I like where he is steering Big Rock.

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Brewmaster Paul Gautreau in his natural habitat, the brewery.

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The Rocky Mountain Fest: As Seen By a Craft Beer Geek

I find it amazing how the BMO Centre changes its appearance so often. It looks different every time I’m there. Last weekend the hall was decked out for the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. I could see an abundance of wine, spirits & craft beer stalls scattered cross the area along with some great food to pair with your beverage of choice. Basically, the stage was set for some intense flavour exploration!

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Two amazing Alberta Craft Breweries: Hog’s Head & Grizzly Paw pouring next to each other.


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Kananaskis: An Amazing Place with a Great Craft Beer Fest!

While in the car on my way to the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest my spirits were exceptionally high. How could I not be in a good mood when I know that I am about to sample some great Alberta craft beer while enjoying this incredible scenery? There is something about the Rockies that just makes me happy to be in Alberta. They can keep all of the sandy beaches and tropical weather because my heart belongs in the mountains.

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The drive alone is incredible! Kananaskis Country scenery from the car.

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