Favourite Winter Seasonals From BC Beer Bloggers & One Albertan

I have to say that I was pretty excited when I got the invite to collaborate with this group of British Columbia craft beer bloggers. The beer culture on our western coast is something for all of us to aspire to. Just looking at all of the dedicated bloggers out there gives you an idea of how popular their local craft brewing scene is. The idea behind this collaboration is for each blogger (West Coast Beer Geek, Mike’s Craft Beer, Dennis the Foodie, me &The BeerRater ) to choose 3 winter seasonal releases that we’re excited about. Since I am an Albertan my choices will come from our microbreweries. I should warn you that at the time of writing this one of my choices has not been released yet; I’m just really excited to check it out! Continue reading

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

Two Casks, a Pig and an Oompah Band

Well it’s that time of year again. Break out those lederhosens & dirndls and get set to party like it’s 19th Century Bavaria because the 2nd Annual Calgary Oktoberfest is almost here! This year there’s a particular attraction that has caught some attention from the local beer geeks. It has been dubbed the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  I would like to delve into what this is all about. 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 Movement in a Tool Shed

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.

National on 17

My view of the party from the Tool Shed Booth.

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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.

5 Vines, Calgary Liquor Store, Craft Beer

The 5 Vines: Wine, Craft Beer & Liquor logo

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