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RAOB: The “Why Didn’t I Get to This Sooner?” Edition

Blind Enthusiasm’s shiny new brewhouse

It has been a while since I have gotten to a Random Acts of Beerness (now with a hip acronym – RAOB!). Not that there hasn’t been beer news that has caught my attention. It is more that I have been swimming hard just to stay afloat with everything. […]

A Delightful Patch of Troubled Waters

Who knew Alberta brewers were into three-ways?

Collaborations, that is.

To celebrate their first anniversaries – which came within a few weeks of each other – Bench Creek Brewing, Blindman Brewing and Troubled Monk Brewing got together to brew a three-way collaboration beer. I think it was a fitting way to mark the trios’ respective […]

Random Acts of Beerness: Celebration Time!

I know the Xmas season is soon upon us, but it seems like prairie breweries are getting a head start on the festivities. There seem to be a lot of celebrations of various shapes and sizes happening, along with some fascinating other initiatives. So let me get to highlighting some of the beer news that […]

Blindman’s Anniversary Beer Something to Celebrate

I like it when breweries have birthdays because it usually is the consumer who gets a present. And with the brewery boom taking place on the prairies, beer drinkers in the region can look forward to a raft of beer celebrating early accomplishments. I know of a few coming down the pike in the coming […]

Better Beer Through Blending

Photo courtesy Andrew Ironmonger

In a brewery, sometimes stuff (use whichever synonym for that you wish) happens. The question is what you do with it. In the case of Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing had to answer that very question a little while ago.

When brewing what was supposed to be a Cascadian Dark Ale, a […]

Kettle Sour the Sequel

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Fresh off their medal win at the CBAs last week for their Kettle Sour #1 (read here), what do you know but the folks at Blindman Brewing go and release Kettle Sour #2. In the movie world the sequel is rarely as good as the original, but why do I […]

Prairie Breweries Score Modestly at CBAs

The results of the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards were announced Saturday night in Vancouver (see the full results here). As usual, B.C. breweries won an disproportionate number of medals, with Ontario falling second. However, perusing the list I was pleasantly surprised at the prairie brewery results.

[Note: Post edited shortly after publishing to include Black […]

April Showers Bring May New Beer

Someone really should tell prairie breweries to chill their heels and stop being so darned busy and productive. Just kidding. But I am constantly amazed these days at just how much stuff is going on with craft beer in the region – and that is only the things I hear about, which increasingly misses bit […]

The Beer Keeps Flowing

It has only been a couple of weeks since my last news round up (read here), but the news has been flowing fast and furious so I felt I should put out another news roundup before I drown in all the happenings.

Much of this post has to do with Alberta, where much of the […]

And Back to Regular Beer News…

Obviously the big news in the beer scene on the prairies this month has been the change to Alberta’s mark up regime. But I have said enough about that (in case, somehow, you missed it, you can read here and here), so allow me to return to a standard news roundup to get you all […]