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Piling Up Good Beer the Focus of Pile O’ Bones

Its amazing what can happen when four avid homebrewers stumble across a commercial brewing system. About a year ago Glenn Valgardson, David Freeman, Brent Babyak and Josh Morrison, who are all longtime homebrewers and stalwarts of Regina’s Ale and Lagers Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan (ALES) – one of the country’s biggest and most successful homebrew clubs […]

A Brazen Plan to Create a Great Brewpub

Kristjan Kristjansson, owner of the soon-to-open Winnipeg brewpub, Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery, literally grew up in the restaurant business. His dad, Thrainn Kristjansson, ran the Round Table Steakhouse and Pub, which had been a staple of the Winnipeg food scene since he opened it in 1973. Its distinct Tudor-style building was an attraction on […]

The Allure of New and Why We Shouldn’t Diss Mainstays

A couple weeks back I wrote a post reflecting on my visits to Calgary’s newest and second oldest breweries (which you can read here). The visits got me pondering the similarities and differences between older and newer breweries. Since that post I have been pondering the issue further. More specifically I contemplated the tendency in […]

Old and New Meet In Calgary

Brewsters’ old workhorse brewhouse in their crammed brewery space.

Recently in the course of 24 hours I spent time talking to Calgary’s second oldest brewery and its two youngest. And I was amazed at how they were vastly different yet somehow similar.

The first day Brewsters’ co-owner Matt Lanigan generously spent a couple hours […]

Farm to Glass is the Goal of Farmery Brewery

This is an odd profile for me to write. Normally I write about breweries that have just opened or are still in the planning stages. Farmery Estate Brewery has been around for six years or so, at least in a virtual, contract-brewing form. These days they are a full-fledged, real brewery in Manitoba.

I should […]

The Dilemma that is Mill Street

I am in Calgary for a couple of days for some work stuff. As usual I am trying to find some time to do a little bit of beer stuff while I am here (hopefully more on that soon). Yesterday I dropped by the new Mill Street Brewpub that recently opened on 17 Ave SW.

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Random Acts of Beerness: Rumours Edition

An Oilers Nation branded beer is coming to Edmonton

It has been a while since I have attempted a Random Acts post (they are turning out to be ALMOST as time consuming to prepare as my previous news roundups). Life has been busy.

This post I don’t want to focus so much on the […]

Gypsy Brewers Coming to Alberta?

The world’s most famous itinerant brewer, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. Photo courtesy Sydney Morning Herald.

Last Friday I decided to focus my attention in my CBC column on something that might, just might, become a thing in Alberta in 2017. Namely that the oil province may pick up on an international trend that […]

History and Place Define Medicine Hat Brewing

Back in 1913 there was a brewery called Medicine Hat Brewing Co. It lasted until 1920. A second incarnation was attempted between 1925 and 1927 but ultimately failed. The city’s third iteration of Medicine Hat Brewing opened its doors on December 10, 2016 – 103 years after the first attempt. (For the record, Medicine Hat […]

2016: A Year in Review

In the dying days of 2016 (you know, so late last week), I did a province-wide beer column looking at the year in beer. We talk about a few things, but mostly it is about the unbelievable year in Alberta beer that 2016 was.

You can listen to the full column here – and you […]