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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 […]

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 […]

Hub Town to be the Centre of Things in Okotoks

I have a suspicion that the friends and family of Lisa and Mark Watts knew it would lead to this. From the sounds of it this life-loving couple are always on the go, always coming up with new adventures and ideas.

Lisa admits as such. “We are a goofy couple that way. We are always […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sample-Worthy Beer Expected Soon from Elbeck Brews

Edmonton’s newest “almost” brewery officially got its license to sell beer last week. Sure, they don’t have beer ready yet, but that will be coming next month or so – you have to get your ducks lined up after all.

I am talking about Elbeck Brews (the website is just a placeholder for the moment). […]

Straight Up Good Beer Folding Mountain’s Goal

It is a long drive to Jasper. Having done it more times than I can count, I know. And usually just past Hinton I find I get impatient with the highway, the time and the bursting bladder. However, at that point there is no relief until hitting Jasper (I KNEW I should have stopped in […]

Beau’s Meets Alberta

I have long respected Beau’s All Natural, a fast-growing Ottawa-area brewery. On a trip to Ontario a number of years ago I got to try their flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale (which really is a Kolsch in disguise) and quickly fell in love with it. The proof lies in my review of it which you […]

Big Plans Afoot at Little Brown Jug

Take one smart, motivated economist desiring to return to his hometown, mix in one derelict heritage building in downtown Winnipeg and then add beer. Viola! A recipe for Little Brown Jug Brewing.

Little Brown Jug just officially opened their doors last week. Their launch marks the arrival of a very interesting and original beer project […]

Changes Coming at Big Rock?

My CBC beer column last week centred around the news of the resignation of Big Rock CEO Bob Sartor. It was somewhat surprising news and it got me wondering what might this mean for Alberta’s oldest and largest craft brewery. You can listen to the column here.

For those not familiar with Big Rock’s long […]