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Grizzly Paw’s Awesome Brew Space

Grizly Paw brewers’ view while working.

I would die to have the view Grizzly Paw’s brewers have when they mix up the brewery’s magic elixir. Most brewers have to put up with concrete walls and a back door opening up to a light industrial parking lot (or worse a garbage heap). Not the Grizzly […]

Things Looking Up for Craft Beer in Banff

The cramped brew space at Banff Avenue Brewing

It has been quite a few years since I was last in Banff. I forget just how stunningly beautiful the mountain peaks are around the townsite. I don’t forget, however, how desperate the beer options were during my last visit about nine or 10 years back. […]

More Reflections on Costa Rica – Just Because

A Marzen from Cervecera del Centro. Not sure why they call it a pilsner?

I know that the beer scene in Costa Rica is not my beat here at onbeer. REALLY not my beat. I should be telling you about the latest new brewery in Manitoba or that cool beer spot in Calgary.

But […]

Mi Casa Is Una Casa de Cerveza

I recently got back from Costa Rica. Not a beer trip – just a holiday. But, being who I am, I couldn’t help myself in seeking out what the country had to offer in craft beer.

On the surface there was potential. In this small country of 4 million, they have 45 breweries – […]

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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What Onbeer Did on Its Summer Vacation

I have mentioned briefly at times that over the summer I made a commitment to visit as many of the new breweries that have opened in Alberta in recent months. On a series of trips I worked my way around the province, hitting Lethbridge, Calgary, Cochrane, Olds, Didsbury, Red Deer, Lacombe, Edson and Grande Prairie. […]

Qualities of a Great Pub

One of my favourite pubs in Canada

I spend a lot of time in pubs. Not a surprise. But while I find myself in a wide range of places at times, I gravitate to pubs that have the right atmosphere and a great (or at least intelligent) selection of beer. I have been travelling […]

Porter? You Call that a Porter?

John Labatt would be embarrassed. He may well be rolling in his grave as I write this. When I was in Montreal the last few days, I had a bottle of Labatt Porter. Don’t ask me how or why – I am not really sure myself.

I liked the retro label and I think I […]

Of Houblons and Chevals

I am in Montreal for a couple of days. Mostly meetings, so there will be very little time for beer exploration. However, I did have the evening to myself before things get going today. I used it to hit two places that I have not yet experienced in my recent trips to Montreal. And they […]

Some History with Your Pints

The museum at BDT

One of the cool things from my late spring trip to Montreal and Ottawa (see posts here and here) that didn’t get reported right away was my side trip to Gatineau (formerly Hull) one afternoon. The Capital Region city on the Quebec side of the river has two brewpubs – […]