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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Small Brewery, Big Picture is Rocky View’s Vision

Lyle Thorsen’s wife was thrilled when he told her he wanted to open a brewery. Many partners might be nervous that he was thinking of quitting his lucrative job in the oil patch or was planning to place a second mortgage on their home to make it happen. Thorsen’s wife knew better. “She wanted me […]