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Alberta Beer Week Is Coming!

So ladies and gents, get ready for Alberta’s first official Alberta Beer Week (my preference would be to call it Alberta Craft Beer Week, but I will let go of that for now). The fun begins this Friday in Calgary and spreads its way through the province over the course of 9 days.

Craft beer […]

New ESB Commemorates Fallen Police Officer

Last night I popped in on the official launch of a new collaboration beer at Craft Beer Market. Soon-to-open Two Sergeants Brewing partnered up with D Woodall Family Fund to produce Patrolman’s ESB. A dollar of every pint sold will go to the Fund, which has been set up to assist the family of Constable […]

Another Year of Casking Festivities

Real Ale Festival-Goers chat about the beer. (How many brewers can you spot in this photo?)

The 4th Annual Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous Real Ale Festival took place on Saturday. This edition was bigger (double the attendees) and held outdoors in a skating rink (sans ice). With some weather luck, the festival had an […]

Beer Geeks and More on the News Roundup

It has been a fairly quiet few weeks on the prairie beer front, but I figured it was time for a quick round-up to get us all caught up.

The most noteworthy bit of news is likely the 4th Annual Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous Real Ale Festival. This event has quickly become a highlight of […]

ASBA to Hold First Annual Alberta Craft Beer Week

Alberta will finally have a Craft Beer Week. The Alberta Small Brewers’ Association announced yesterday the launch of the province’s first official Beer Week from September 25 to October 3. It will be bookended by the Alberta Beer Festival’s Calgary and Edmonton Oktoberfests. You can see the Beer Week website here.

A couple of events […]

Alley Kat: 20 Years of Scratching out Good Beer

Mayor Don Iveson toasts Alley Kat’s 20th Anniversary, with a beer in hand appropriately. (Photo courtesy Greg Zeschuk as I stupidly forgot my camera)

Under mostly sunny skies (plus a short hailstorm) on Saturday afternoon, 350 of Alley Kat Brewing’s closest friends celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Edmonton’s longest standing craft brewer. The Alley […]

Girder Bender, Behind the Scenes

Neil Herbst stirs the mash while brewing Girder Bender Historical Stout while your humble author looks on.

As I mentioned here, last month the Edmonton Heritage Council hosted a beer history tour of Edmonton. One of the cooler aspects of the tour was an heritage beer made exclusively for the tour. The organizers rather […]

Tour Edmonton’s Beer History

One of the more obvious stops on the Edmonton beer history tour.

Traditionally the prairies have not been particularly good at preserving and honouring our history. Historic buildings are razed for strip malls and mega-stores. Our public spaces focus more on looking forward than back. Things are getting better. We are slowly realizing that […]

DIY Beer Tastings

The current issue of Vue Weekly is their annual Adventure Issue. As it was a beer column week, I was asked to think about some kind of beer-related adventure, especially indoors (so winter backyard homebrewing was out). I opted for the adventure of organized beer tastings. I essentially offer a primer about how to organize […]

Old Man Winter Goes Casking

Over the past couple of years, the cask event scene in Edmonton has quietly plugged away. The number of events has grown (the original 2 monthly events at Sugar Bowl and Next Act joined by weekly casks at Beer Revolution and Craft Beer Market), but the overall buzz factor has, in my opinion, dropped off. […]