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
I have been in a really good mood lately. This is because one of my favourite Alberta craft breweries is opening up a location close by in Calgary. I’m sure that some of you have already guessed that I am talking about Bearhill Brewing Company’s Last Best Brewing & Distilling. I have a feeling that this microbrewery/brewpub will be a game changer for the Alberta craft beer scene. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.