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The Value of Blind Tasting and Other Lessons

This past weekend I served as the Head Judge for the Northern Lands Festival beer competition. For those who don’t know Northern Lands, it is a premiere beverage and food event profiled, exclusively, Canadian wine, craft beer and craft spirits along with some of Edmonton’s best restaurants. The second iteration of the event runs May […]

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. […]

Cask-Aid Raised Glasses & Dollars for Fort Mac

Yesterday afternoon at Yellowhead Brewing in Edmonton dozens of thirsty patrons sipped on one-of-a-kind cask ales and raised money for the Red Cross Fort McMurray Relief fund at the same time. Dubbed Cask-Aid (Cascasde – get it?), it was the brainchild of Yellowhead brewer Bruce Sample. Twelve Alberta breweries each brought a cask and a […]

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 […]

All the Beer News That’s Fit to Drink

Over the past couple weeks a huge amount of beer news has piled, not even counting the ongoing debate about Alberta’s mark-up policy (read here if you have missed it). So here is the latest rundown of what is happening around the prairies. The usual caveats and proclamations apply.

I might as well start with […]

Your Pre-Xmas Beer News

It has been less than a month since my last news round-up, but with the list of updates and news I have to cover today, you would think it was months since my last news post. And I suspect we haven’t heard all of the Xmas-related announcements yet.

So let me get straight to it […]

News that is Black and Yellow All Over

A couple of news items – one that I missed and the other that arose earlier this week.

The first is that Alley Kat’s latest Dragon Single-Hop Series beer quietly hit shelves this week – no press release, no launch event. It just slipped onto the market. Black Dragon is the same beer as the […]

Yellowhead Brewing, Now Open for Lunch…

Our friends at Yellowhead Brewing in Edmonton called me yesterday with a bit of news. On Saturday July30 they are launching a weekly restaurant/pub service. Every Saturday from 11 to 5 they will open their impressive special events room to the general public as an all-purpose restaurant/pub. (Actually they soft-launched it a couple of weeks […]

The Vue Weekly Beer Issue

Graphic Courtesy of Vue Weekly

Last week Edmonton’s Vue Weekly offered its first ever Beer Issue – an extensive look at the state of Edmonton’s beer scene. (I suspect most Edmontonians have seen it already – I have been out of town and hadn’t got my hands on a copy until today). It is, […]

Preserving Alberta’s Beer History

The historic Edmonton Brewing and Malting brewery (photo courtesy of Edmonton Journal)

Read an interesting article in the Edmonton Journal on Friday (found here). Edmonton architect Gene Dub wants to turn the building that housed Edmonton’s first brewery – Edmonton Brewing and Malting – into a boutique hotel. the old brewery, situated in the […]