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Are We Reaching Peak Craft?

Is a day of reckoning coming for craft brewers? (photo courtesy cbc.ca)

A CBC news article posted yesterday (read it here) looking at Alberta’s booming craft beer industry offers the take that Canada might be reaching the limits to its market reach. It quotes a business professor, Dr. Larry Plummer, who hints that a […]

The Great Gruit Comeback

My CBC column last Friday deviated from the usual and looked at the odd beverage that is Gruit. You can listen to the column here.

Today we generally know Gruit as a beer made with a mixture of herbs and spices and (mostly) without hops. And that is strictly accurate. But seeing it just as […]

Reflections on the Evolution of Homebrewing

My homebrew system (at its old home)

I made my first kit beer in years this past weekend. And it got me thinking.

As many readers know, I have been a homebrewer for 26 years, 23 of those as an all-grain brewer. Like most homebrewers of my time, I started with the appalling concentrate […]

Beer Policy Matters, It Really Does

It is well-known that the Alberta beer industry is in the midst of a huge explosion. We now have over 60 breweries (almost 70 licenses, but I count independent operations, not AGLC licenses). Of which 46 have opened their doors in the last 2-and-a-bit years. Eighteen have opened so far in 2017 alone (as of […]

Take an Alberta Beer Trip This Weekend

Image courtesy of Little Guy Liquor in Sherwood Park.

My last Vue Weekly column offered up a theoretical beer trip down Highway 2 (which you can read here). In an afternoon you could hit a half a dozen or so breweries without really venturing off Alberta’s busiest highway – and without setting foot in […]

A Hop Association is Born

On Saturday afternoon Alberta witnessed the creation of something that I am pretty sure almost none of us coming a few years ago. I had the privilege to attend the launch of the Alberta Hop Producers Association. The group has formed to support the growing hop farm industry in Alberta. They want to build a […]

Tempt Yourself with The Temptress

A new seasonal from Medicine Hat’s Hell’s Basement is creating quite a stir, for the backstory, the label and the beer.With that combination how could I not write about it?

The beer, The Temptress (de verleidster),is the product of a chance meeting between Hell’s Basement brewer, Mike Gripp, and Rich Pool, the brewer from Puik […]

New Breweries and New Styles: A CBC Roundup

The interior of Biera by Blind Enthusiasm

Regular readers of this site will know that every second Friday I do a beer column on CBC Radio’s Edmonton afternoon drive show – RadioActive. One of my ongoing struggles is to get a copy of the column online so that I can post about it.

I […]

Town Square Is Inviting the Townsfolk to Visit

Town Square’s rustic main floor.

Edmonton’s newest brewery is finally up and running. Town Square opened their doors officially a few weeks ago and have been introducing south Edmonton to their line-up of beer.

Because the are so far south (at least for me) – they are just north of Ellerslie Road near Parsons […]

Inducements Remain Rampant in Beer Industry

It didn’t make the news, but back in August AB-Inbev was fined $200,000 for breaching the Liquor and Gaming Regulation. This was after receiving three warnings earlier in the year for similar breaches. Officially they were found in contravention of section 81(e) of the regulation. That section reads:

No liquor supplier or officer, […]