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Beer Tent Blues and How to Cure Them

Having completed my post-Edmonton Folk Festival recovery 2017 edition, I have had some time to contemplate the state of beer at one of Canada’s largest and most successful folk festivals.

I appreciate the Folk Fest is mostly about the music, and every year there is plenty of great music to go around, but I write […]

Vue Weekly’s Beer Issue is Out!

Vue Weekly’s annual Beer Issue is out, available at racks around town and online. The venerable alt-weekly in Edmonton has offered a corner of its magazine to my beer column for over a decade now, but I always get excited when they devote the cover and additional space for beer.

This year I contribute three […]

The Value of Blind Tasting and Other Lessons

This past weekend I served as the Head Judge for the Northern Lands Festival beer competition. For those who don’t know Northern Lands, it is a premiere beverage and food event profiled, exclusively, Canadian wine, craft beer and craft spirits along with some of Edmonton’s best restaurants. The second iteration of the event runs May […]

Cask-Aid Raised Glasses & Dollars for Fort Mac

Yesterday afternoon at Yellowhead Brewing in Edmonton dozens of thirsty patrons sipped on one-of-a-kind cask ales and raised money for the Red Cross Fort McMurray Relief fund at the same time. Dubbed Cask-Aid (Cascasde – get it?), it was the brainchild of Yellowhead brewer Bruce Sample. Twelve Alberta breweries each brought a cask and a […]

Aleberta: Alberta Beer Then and Today

Last night I got my first view of the new beer history documentary series Aleberta at a screening at Yellowhead Brewery. As of this morning, the three-part series is available online and it will soon begin showing on Telus Optik tv (who funded the project). You can watch all three parts on the Aleberta website. […]

Stately But Mainstream

Last night I attended a media “Menu Tasting” event for the opening of the Jasper Avenue location of State & Main, the growing chain of casual restaurants owned by Franworks, a culinary company that also operates Original Joe’s. I rarely attend such food-oriented events (in part because I am not often invited and when I […]

The Beer Keeps Flowing

It has only been a couple of weeks since my last news round up (read here), but the news has been flowing fast and furious so I felt I should put out another news roundup before I drown in all the happenings.

Much of this post has to do with Alberta, where much of the […]

Alberta Beer Week in Review

A beautiful sight – only Alberta taps to be found at Beer Revolution.

Alberta’s first official craft beer week is now over. I imagine exhausted brewery salespeople and brewers are looking forward to a return to a normal work week after the frenetic activities of last week. Not to mention giving beer fan’s livers […]

Wanna Learn about Edmonton’s Beer History?

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

I mentioned the other day (read here) that this coming Saturday (October 3) I am being tour guide for a bus of enthusiastic beer and history fans. It is the second installment of the Edmonton Heritage Council’s Beer History Tour. The first […]

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 […]