Over the weekend, the folks at Brewsters confirmed to me that Beer Revolution, their Calgary craft beer bar with 20+ rotating taps (see here for my impressions of it), is officially coming to Edmonton. They have secured the old Kelsey’s Restaurant location in Oliver Square – yes directly across the parking lot from their Brewsters Oliver Square location. Renovations begin this week and they hope to be open sometime during the spring.
Beer Revolution joins a rapidly growing group of craft-oriented beer bars in central Edmonton, joining Underground and the soon-to-open Craft Beer Market. Of course, what is unique about Revolution is that , other than a couple of Brewsters-produced house beer, ALL of their taps are rotating. So, downtown denizens will soon have interesting choices – from 100+ taps but with lots of corporate beer at Craft, to 72, mostly craft taps at Underground or a smaller, but more unpredictable tap list at Revolution. Just be sure you WALK between the three, though, okay?
Also, while I am at it, here are bits of other prairie beer news:
- Paddock Wood has released its latest batch of 1000 Monkeys, its hearty Russian Imperial Stout. No official word, but I suspect soon we will see another round of the oak-aged Barrel Full of Monkeys as well. Ninkasi and Heartstopper are also on their way this month.
- Half Pints is now in full swing with their annual FeBREWuary events. This year it includes two special releases: Saison de la Ceinture Fléchée which was released at the brewery last Saturday, and Le Temps Noir, which hits the public on February 16. Earlier, their Sweet Nikki Brown also saw its annual release, but I am not sure if much is still available.
- Yukon Brewing has launched a winter six-pack, called Dark Side, which includes two bottles each of Midnight Sun Espresso Stout, Lead Dog Ale and Bonanza Brown Ale. The latter is only available in the mixed pack.
- Finally, the long-awaited HopSlayer from St. Albert’s Hog’s Head Brewing was finally released last week. Look for this intense IPA on tap and in 2-litre growlers in select locations.