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Heads Up! The KGB Is On Its Way

Be warned. Edmonton is about to be over-run by the KGB. (Some Tory MLAs may think it already has under the guise of the NDP, but I digress.)

By KGB I refer, of course, not to the notorious Soviet police force, but to the first release from Edmonton (sorta) gypsy brewery Elbeck Brews (read my […]

Definitely Charming and Not at All Tedious

Sometimes a beer comes along that you know you just have to review even before you open the bottle. Case in point: Yukon Brewing’s latest bomber seasonal, Charming or Tedious.

I knew I had to review it for a couple of reasons. First, it is the initial offering in their 20th anniversary series. They plan […]

Raise a Glass of Ryes Against the Machine

Sometimes you know immediately that you have found a beer you are going to like for a long time. Sometimes the appreciation grows more slowly.

Over the past couple months I have found the latter applies to new Medicine Hat brewery Hell’s Basement Ryes Against the Machine. I tried it on my initial visit to […]

Throwin’ Back a Thrownin’ Shade CDA

Continuing in my recent tradition of offering reviews of beer that you may or may not still be able to find, I present to you Bent Stick’s Throwin’ Shade Cascadian Dark Ale.

First, the Bent Stick boys get full marks off the top for calling the beer a Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA). In my curmudgeonly […]

A Delightful Patch of Troubled Waters

Who knew Alberta brewers were into three-ways?

Collaborations, that is.

To celebrate their first anniversaries – which came within a few weeks of each other – Bench Creek Brewing, Blindman Brewing and Troubled Monk Brewing got together to brew a three-way collaboration beer. I think it was a fitting way to mark the trios’ respective […]

Sampling a Surprise Mystery Beer at Tool Shed

Yesterday I met up with the guys from Common Crown at their new brewery (more on that visit soon). After finishing up with them, I decided to make an unplanned and unannounced visit to Tool Shed, which is literally around the block from Common Crown.

Much to my delight co-owner Graham Sherman was there and […]

Oblation a Good Offering to the Beer Gods

Troubled Monk in Red Deer has had a busy, eventful first year or so. World Beer Cup medals, surprising consumer demand. And they finished 2016 off with a release of their first attempt at a Barley Wine, which they call Oblation. Oblation is a religious term meaning an offer to God/the gods. Seems appropriate.

I […]

Big Rum from Big Rock

Big Rock has quietly launched a barrel-aged beer series with currently two releases under its belt. The second and most recent release is a rum-barrel Barley Wine. Their barley wine was aged an impressive 8 months in rum casks from a renowned Barbados distillery and then blended with a dark amber ale. The result was […]

Twin Creeks Flow in Different Directions

Photo courtesy of Liquor on McLeod

Alberta breweries Ribstone Creek and Bench Creek have recently engaged in one of the more interesting collaboration projects we have seen in a long time in the province. Under the moniker Twin Creeks (get it?), they have released The Hermit, an English Brown Ale spiced with nutmeg, molasses, […]

Let’s Hope First Ditch Isn’t the Last Effort

This past weekend there was something of a mini-buzz around the very first release of Alberta’s first gypsy brewery, Outcast Brewing (although I am not sure the term “gypsy brewery” applies as he isn’t planning on moving around quite yet). First Ditch Effort Pale Ale is the first batch from Patrick Schnarr, the founder and […]