Growing The Brewpub Culture In Calgary

Recently I came to the realization that I have been quiet on this blog for too long. So I would like to make a little noise about a new brewery that’s going to be enriching Calgary’s brewpub culture this summer. I’m sure that some of you have already guessed that I am referring to Trolley 5 which is going to be brewing, cooking & pouring pints for us starting in June. Continue reading

Village NUTRaiser: A Beer with Balls

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

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 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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The Village Brewery Tour for Craft Beer Fans

Sometimes Facebook can provide you with useful information. A couple of weeks back I was lucky enough to see an announcement from Village Brewery that they would be offering some tours of their microbrewery to the public. Needless to say I gave them a call ASP and reserved my spot. After all, It would’ve been odd if I didn’t want to spend my afternoon hanging out a brewery and sampling craft beer!

The Tasting Room

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The tasting bar has mason jars with ingredients used in the beers. It also has some of the different flavour experiments that are used in cask events held around the city.

The tour group gathered in the entrance on the main floor where our guides, two nice ladies working for the brewery, collected us and led us upstairs to the tasting room to kick things off. Jim, the microbrewery’s marketing guru, was there to join us and share some thoughts on the craft beer. Continue reading

Cherry Porter Launch Party at Wildrose Brewery

No plans for Friday yet? Well you’ve got no worries now, because Wildrose Brewery will be launching one of their most popular seasonal Alberta craft beers, the “Cherry Porter”. And to start things off with a bang they’ll be hosting a launch party at the Wild Rose Taproom all day!

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Wild Rose will be releasing their seasonal Cherry Porter November 1st.

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Crispy Pork and Craft Beer at The Pig and Duke

House or apartment hunting is different for everyone. Having a good neighbourhood pub is one of the things that I look for when scouting out new areas to live. Luckily, Calgary has a bunch of pubs serving quality craft beer on tap. I recently went to the The Pig & Duke for a meal and a couple of pints and this neighbourhood pub is exactly the kind of local hang out that I look for.

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The Pig & Duke: Bacon Lovers & Craft Beer Fans Unite!


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