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A Little Bit of Texas in Alberta

Young contract brewer, Elbeck Brews, and Camrose brewpub Norsemen Brewing, recently released a collaborative brew. In and of itself not so remarkable. Collaborations happen all the time.

But this one offered something that Alberta beer drinkers have not experienced before. Specifically, a Texas Bock.

What is a Texas Bock, you ask? Good question, and I […]

Nine Years Later, Burly Gets Mellow

I have a fairly extensive beer cellar. I am pretty good at stocking beer good for aging, keeping an eclectic selection of beer I enjoy or think I will appreciate once it sits for a couple years.

My track record of drinking those cellared beer? Not so good.

However, the other night I did talk […]

Lemons and Limes and Sours, Oh My!

For all of you who are searching for a new kind of patio beer (but with flavour), I think I may have found your solution. What would say to a beer that tastes something like lemonade, something like iced tea but still has a beer character?

If you say yes, let me introduce you to […]

Railway Takes a Turn Down Rye Avenue

I had a couple conversations recently with Canmore-area residents on matters not related to beer. Both times they volunteered their early opinions on recently opened Canmore Brewing. BOTH of them highlighted that their favourite beer from them is their Railway Avenue Rye IPA. The fact two people whom I don’t believe know each other and […]

The Ichorous Trinity Compared

Photo courtesy of Oak and Vine

I love side-by-side tastings. They really isolate the effects of a manipulation to a beer. Some are more challenging to operationalize than others.

Blindman Brewing recently released not one, but two barrel-aged versions of its imperial stout, Ichorous. Not long before they also released a new version of […]

Multigrain, Multi-Brewery, All Saskatchewan

Tomorrow a new collaboration beer is released upon the populace of Saskatchewan. The newly formed Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association (SCBA), whose membership are the real all-grain breweries in the province, will be releasing their first collaborative beer. Every member of the SCBA – currently 13 strong – participated in the design and brewing of the […]

Doubling Down on Ola Dubh

I have the notorious habit of sticking beer into my cellar for aging and then not pulling things out to actually, you know, drink them. As a result I have too many beer in my cellar – over 100. At one time I instituted a one-in-one-out rule but that proved too hard (at the moment […]

Left Hand Nitro: Embrace the Hard Pour

I know this beer’s (and brewery’s) reputation. I have read the’ reviews extolling its virtues. Yet I remained skeptical. Not sure why. I just did. Maybe I am a natural-born curmudgeon (no comments, peanut gallery!).

I am speaking of Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout Nitro. I wasn’t skeptical about the beer itself – by all […]

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 […]