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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 […]

Steam Whistle/GWB Case Goes to Court

The long awaited hearing of the lawsuit launched by Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing finally takes place tomorrow and Friday (June 22 & 23). The case, over the Alberta government’s changes to mark-up policy and implementation of a grant program for Alberta brewers (for background read here and here), has been slowly working its […]

Be Sure to Get a Hold of Some Freehold

Passionate commitment to Alberta meets culinary artistry meets craft beer, all in a heritage building. Welcome to Freehold Brewing, one of the roster of breweries slated to open in Calgary in the coming months.

Freehold is the creation of Matt James and Tavis Agnew who met in their respective corporate world jobs. But their day […]

What’s Up with Excise Duties Going Up?

Is the price of your favourite beverage going up?

It’s not news at this point, but in case you hadn’t heard federal excise duties on beer are going up. And up. And up. I have been meaning to turn my attention to this issue for a while but have been distracted by other projects […]

Beer Reflections from Toronto

A couple weeks ago I spent a few days in Toronto (as I shared here). It was mostly for work but I was able to get some beer time in on the side. I have had a bit of time to reflect upon the beer I tried and consider the state of the Ontario craft […]

Calgary’s Summit Brewing Reaching for New Heights

Over the last few weeks some of you may have seen an unusual beer pouring in selected bars in Edmonton and Calgary. Something called Finnigan’s Irish Pale Ale, which is not a style we are used to seeing.

It is the product (sorta) of Summit Brewing (no website yet, but here is their Twitter account), […]

Beer News! Beer News Everywhere!

The iconic Molson sign is coming down, replaced by a faux “microbrewery”

Wow! I go away for a week and the whole beer world turns upside down.

Okay, not really, but I am amazed at how many comment-worthy beer stories popped up in the last few days (I will write more about my trip […]

Craft Malting Comes to Alberta

Last week I devoted my CBC column to the arrival of craft malting to Alberta. The timing seemed right as we are on the verge of a mini-explosion of small scale, more artisanal malthouses.

Many of you will know what I am talking about. For those of you who don’t, let me quickly fill you […]

2017 CBAs Full of Surprises; 17 Prairie Medals

Over the weekend the results of the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards were announced (see the full winners’ list here).

I can honestly say they were full of surprises. Lots of new names on the list and a fascinating equality between regions (to a degree). There were more than a dozen breweries where I either barely […]

When “International” Isn’t Really International

I have the greatest respect for the hardworking staff at the CBC. Due to my beer column on RadioActive in Northern Alberta, I get to interact with many of them on a regular basis. I know they are good journalists and good people.

Why am I saying this? Because earlier this week, they got a […]