The 2014 edition of the YYC International Beer Festival is coming up!

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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

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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Fresh Beer Brewed in Jasper

My National Park craft beer road trip weekend continued with a jaunt up to Jasper to visit the guys at Jasper Brewing Company. They are the original Alberta brewpub from Bear Hill Brewing Company.

Highway 93

The scenery off Highway 93 is incredible.

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Mountains, Food and The Craft Beer Unity Brew at Banff

There are views and then there are VIEWS. Standing on the balcony at the Banff Inn and looking at the scenery, I could not be more content. Staring at the Rockies and anticipating my night of eating & drinking freshly brewed Alberta craft beers; I just could’t ask for more.

Banff National Park, Banff Avenue

I found myself constantly looking up while strolling down Banff’s main street.

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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!

Alberta Craft Beer, Wild Rose Brewery, Wild Rose Cherry Porter

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.

Pig & Duke Pub, Craft Beer

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


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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!

Alberta Microbreweries, Hog's Head Craft Beer, Grizzly Paw Craft Beer

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


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Craft Beer At The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

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The 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

This Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, the BMO Centre will be hosting the 16th annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. But don’t let the name of this event fool you. There will be more than just wine available for drinking alongside the many delicious creations from local food purveyors.

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