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A Calgary beer collaboration like no other
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Calgary breweries Annex Ale Project and Banded Peak have buddied up on a collaboration like no other. Their respective brewmasters infiltrated each other’s brewhouse and impregnated a fermentation vessel with a mystery beer. The breweries will each give birth to … Read More

Bitter Pils That Are a Pleasure to Swallow
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By TOM LEISCHNER Folks in the beer-centric community shudder when they hear the word “lager”; it brings to mind a variety of beers that can only be differentiated between their labels and their omnipresent marketing campaigns… but that’s not where … Read More

Annex Ales opens its doors
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It’s been a hell of a week of Calgary’s newest brewery Annex Ale Project. Not only have they opened their doors after a stressful year of construction, hustling and brewing, they’ve hosted a series of events for friends, family, media … Read More

Brooks Beer Bonanza returns for another year
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The Brooks Beer Bonanza is back for another year and will take place at the Heritage Inn & Conference Centre in Brooks Alberta on Friday April 7. “With the incredible response and feedback we got back from last year’s event, I am very pleased … Read More

Phillips’ Alberta benefit brew goes to the dogs (and other such animals)
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For the last few years BC brewery Phillips has released two “benefit brews” in BC and Alberta with proceeds going to the chosen charity.  This year’s Alberta recipient is Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society, a volunteer-run charity that fosters, rehabilitates, gives medical … Read More

VISIT: Common Crown’s Calgary taproom
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I finally got to visit Common Crown’s taproom recently – and I must say, I enjoyed what I found. Situated in the northeast of Calgary near Tool Shed, Common Crown has gone big! Their facility is massive. Despite the size, finding … Read More

Happy birthday, Coulee Brew Co
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Unbelievable. Coulee Brew Co is one already! It just seems like yesterday that they opened the doors in Lethbridge and began foisting their fine beer and food on southern Alberta. I’m ashamed to say I have not yet visited Coulee … Read More

Tank time at Folding Mountain
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It was a proud day yesterday for Aric, Jason and brewer Dave at Folding Mountain Brewing; tank delivery time! If you haven’t been following them on social media, check out the progress that has been made on the brewery and … Read More

Big Rock brand gets makeover
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Calgary-based Big Rock Brewery has given its branding a makeover. Check out their new beer labels here. It’s not the first brand refresh the brewery has had in its 30+ year history, and certainly won’t be the last – breweries that have … Read More

Best of Alberta Beer 2016
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The best. What does that mean? Can anything be truly the best? When it comes to beer, “best” is such a subjective term. One person’s idea of what they think is the best beer out there right now is swill … Read More

NEW BEER: Trolley 5 and Banded Peak launch Northern Lights Black IPA
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After officially launching their Javalanche Coffee Stout yesterday, Calgary brewery Banded Peak launches its second beer in as many days – a collaboration brew with Trolley 5. Head brewers Alex Horner (Banded Peak) and Jeff Demaniuk (Trolley 5) got together last … Read More

It’s craft beer advent calendar time!
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Beer advent calendars – are they more expensive than buying normal beer? Usually. Are they worth it? Absolutely! You must remember the joy as a child waking up throughout December and opening the door of some crummy homemade advent calendar. … Read More

BLACK FRIDAY: Five black Alberta beers to try
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Winter is coming. And so are more dark beers. The two go hand in hand. Stouts and porters are the mainstay of winter beer lineups for a reason; the deliciously roasty, delicately burnt flavours of these beers are perfectly matched … Read More

READ: 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels
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By HAYDON DEWES “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the story of beer is the story of Canada.” So begins beer historian Lawrence C. Sherk’s introduction to his new book 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels, from … Read More

Banff Beer Festival – Eight Days to Go!
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Could this be the most beautiful beer festival in the world? The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place in the Rocky Mountains resort town next Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, at the historic Cave and Basin. Set in … Read More

NEW BEER: Dandy goes big with a Biere de Garde
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Calgary nanobrewery The Dandy Brewing Company are doing what they do best – pumping out small batches of beer styles that other breweries in Alberta won’t touch. The brewery will releases its eighth Dandy Edition beer this Wednesday – a … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer October 28
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Top accolades for two Alberta brewery owners, a unique whisky from the north and some new beer releases. Another big week in Alberta beer! Top 40 under 40 win for Tool Shed owners Congratulations to Tool Shed Brewing owners Jeff … Read More

Mill St. Brewery opens Calgary brew pub
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By HAYDON DEWES I have to admit, I’m conflicted by Mill St. Brewery’s new Calgary brew pub, which opened last week. One one hand, we have an Ontario-based, AB InBev-owned brewing giant setting up shop on our home turf. That big … Read More

Fresh hop fever in YYC
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By HAYDON DEWES For brewers, September is like Christmas – it’s hop harvest time! Those towering green masses of foliage are torn down to the root, stripped of their delicious pungent flowers and used to make beer, the world over. … Read More

New beer, brand refresh for the Dandies
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Calgary’s Dandy Brewing Company has refreshed and updated its branding and is celebrating by throwing a party with a 12-tap takeover at National on 17th, including new and re-released beer. The brewery has kept the same artist (Kelsey Fraser) and … Read More

The Village Gardener is here
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Village Brewery launches its community-grown beer tomorrow – a basil IPA, made entirely with locally-grown ingredients. Across the city, 12 communities and organizations have been preening, pruning, watering and caring for hop plants and basil bushes, all with the goal … Read More

NEW BREWERY: 4th Meridian Brewing Company
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By HAYDON DEWES I was amused when I first arrived in Canada to learn there was a town on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border that is split down the middle — Lloydminster. Take a few steps one way and you’re in Saskatchewan. … Read More

Packing her pink boots and heading for Germany
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Calgary’s Stephanie Arsenault is off to Germany on a beer-stravaganza after being named one of six North American recipients of a Pink Boots Society travel scholarship. Arsenault is a freelance writer, photographer, social media specialist – and best of all, … Read More

Folding Mountain Brewing: New brewery, epic location
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By HAYDON DEWES Ask any realtor to name the three most important things a property should have, and you’ll probably hear the words “location, location, location”. The same can be said for breweries. For a production facility, it doesn’t matter … Read More

TOP 5: Ways to Celebrate Alberta Beer Week
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It’s day two of Alberta Beer Week – what to do now? Don’t stop! The fun is just beginning. Here are five easy ways that you can celebrate all that is good about our province’s breweries. Watch Aleberta This three-part … Read More

Let Alberta Beer Week Begin!
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By HAYDON DEWES Forty-four breweries. One province. Nine days of wild celebration. Let the second annual Alberta Beer Week begin! We’re proud to be part of the craft beer landscape in Alberta, and privileged to have the chance to bring to you … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer September 19
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Okay, take a big deep breath… Ready? Aaaaand, GO!  New beer releases – can you keep up? Calgary contract brewer Goat Locker has released its second beer, the Fainting Bock. Big Rock has released a Pacific north-west ale called Hollow Tree (designed by … Read More

Make your own Oktoberfest pretzels
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We’ve visited Oktoberfest twice, and have lasting memories from both of lederhosen and dirndl-clad festival-goers cradling a stein in one hand and clutching a pretzel in the other – but not doing much with either. Show some patience though, and … Read More

Prost! Happy Oktoberfest!
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By HAYDON DEWES Is there any celebration of beer more pure than Oktoberfest? One type of beer, made according to the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law), which you are expected to drink as much of as your dirndl– and lederhosen-clad … Read More

Alberta Craft Beer Guide launches
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The Alberta craft beer scene has a new source of information with the launch of the Alberta Craft Beer Guide (Twitter @AbBeerGuide) today. The quarterly magazine is the product of Edmonton couple Andrew Ironmonger and Erica Francis – who act as publisher … Read More

Alberta’s breweries, mapped out
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Since launching The Daily Beer in December 2015, the most common request we receive from readers is: “Please add an Alberta brewery map to your website!” We heard your call, and we took action. “That’ll be simple,” we thought. We … Read More

The Great Pumpkin Ale Debate
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It’s an age-old debate: to pumpkin beer, or not to pumpkin beer? The Daily Beer’s Jason van Rassel and Haydon Dewes go head-to-head to decide, once and for all, whether the humble pumpkin should finally be inducted into the craft … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer August 26
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New beer + great events – it’s another beautiful week in the Alberta beer world. Wild Rose releases next in barrel series Wild Rose’s Sour Nelson has been bottled and is now available for purchase. It’s a blend of their … Read More

NEW BREWERY: Prairie Brewing Co begins production
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By HAYDON DEWES There’s a lot of talk currently about how breweries help shape a town’s identity. Who’d heard of Edgerton before Ribstone Creek set up their brewery there? Who’d visited Edson, before Bench Creek developed their brewery in the woods … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer August 16
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Ribstone Creek tap takeover Edgerton-based brewery Ribstone Creek is taking over the taps at Midtown in Calgary this Friday from 5pm. If you haven’t tried their beer, this is your chance to taste them all on tap. Their core line-up … Read More

Full Series in Sights of Local Beer Show “Brewer’s Yeast”
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By BRETT HOPPER When brewers discuss the finer points of yeast, they’re really talking about a culture. Scientifically speaking of course, yeast is the active ingredient in beer, and it’s what makes beer taste and smell like everyone’s favourite drink. … Read More

Hell’s Basement Brewery Opens This Friday
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By HAYDON DEWES There is exciting news out of the south of the province this week! Six months after taking possession of an empty industrial building, Medicine Hat’s Hell’s Basement Brewery will open its doors to the public this Friday. … Read More

A pilgrimage to Cantillon
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By HAYDON DEWES You may have noticed that we haven’t posted anything for more than a week – that’s because we’re currently travelling overseas with two small kids, no computer and until now, with limited access to internet. That’s not … Read More

NEW BREWERY: Outcast Brewing to join Calgary beer scene
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By HAYDON DEWES Starting a brewery is expensive, right? There’s the building, the brewing equipment, designs, permits, kegs, marketing, refrigeration, taproom – the list goes on. What if I told you that one Calgary brewery is turning that model on … Read More

FIRST TASTE: Half Hitch Brewing launches beer lineup
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Tonight’s the night! Albertans finally get to taste beer from Cochrane’s Half Hitch Brewing. After beginning brewing last month, the beer is carbonated and ready to pour. The brewery’s taproom is not yet open for business, so Killarney’s Pub in … Read More

NEW BEER: Alley Kat’s Back Alley Brews
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Edmonton’s Alley Kat Brewery has released the first of a new series of limited edition beers it’s calling its Back Alley Brews. Co-owner Neil Herbst says Alley Kat brewers trial new beer recipes on a continual basis, so they thought it was … Read More

Bench Creek to launch “Nevermore” one-off keg series
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“Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore’.” – The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe   Bench Creek Brewing will release one-off kegs of unique beer, which they’re calling the Nevermore series – because once they’re gone, they will be gone for good. For an eight-week period … Read More

Trolley 5: A Sneak Peek
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We got our first glimpse of Trolley 5 Restaurant and Brewery last night, and holy shizzles were we impressed! Named for the No. 5 trolley that used to run through Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood in the 1920s, Trolley 5 has taken … Read More

Second Medicine Hat brewery set to open
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Hot on the heels of Hell’s Basement Brewery, Medicine Hat’s second craft brewery is set to open this fall. Medicine Hat Brewing Company (website not yet live) plans to open doors for business in October 2016, according to a news … Read More

ROAD TRIP: BC beer, close to home
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By BLAIR HONE After freezing temperatures froze the dog’s water while camping for the May long weekend in 2015 in Kananaskis, I decided to head south this May long weekend; south-west, specifically, to the Kootenay region of British Columbia. The … Read More

Belgian Beer the Alberta Way
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By HAYDON DEWES Steaming hot wort floods into a large, shallow, koelschip open fermenter. Louvre windows swing open, letting in the temperate spring breeze – and with it, dozens of types of wild yeasts – to ferment the wort as it cools … Read More

TOP 5: Alberta Brewery Road Trip Tips
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By BRETT HOPPER Summer is almost here, and with it the driving season. Road trip time! Although the total number of breweries in the province may seem like a small number compared to BC or Ontario, Alberta’s got breweries popping up … Read More

Wild Rose Brings Back Party Pigs
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Calgary brewery Wild Rose is releasing its Party Pigs – self-contained draft beer systems in the shape of a pig – back into the wild in Alberta. In a release today, Wild Rose confirmed the 8.5L vessels are going to be filled … Read More

EVENT: Beer Meets Big Screen at Big Rock Eddies
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It’s that time of year again, when Alberta’s biggest craft brewery hosts one of Canada’s best beer-fuelled short film festivals. The 2016 Big Rock Eddies takes place on June 4 at Theatre Junction Grand in Calgary. This will be the … Read More

EVENT: Alberta Strong at National on 10th
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National on 10th in Calgary is rallying the troops and bringing the community together on Wednesday May 11, from 4pm, to support Fort McMurray  Alberta Strong is a family-friendly evening that will include raffles and silent auctions, to be drawn … Read More

Daily Beer T-Shirts – Available Now!
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Love Alberta beer? Yeah, so do we. The Daily Beer T-shirts pay homage to the delicious products made by Alberta’s talented craft breweries. These Bella And Canvas tri-blend T-shirts are a high quality 50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon blend that is … Read More

Calgary International Beerfest: The Best of the Rest
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By HAYDON DEWES ONE MORE SLEEP! Calgary International Beerfest (CIBF) starts tomorrow, ladies and gentleman, which is pretty darned exciting, There are 130 breweries represented at the two-day festival, but we are solely focused on one group of breweries – … Read More

Calgary to Get Taste of Yellowhead
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By HAYDON DEWES Calgary will soon get a taste of Edmonton’s Yellowhead Brewing Co. beer on tap. While the brewery is not participating in this year’s Calgary International Beerfest on May 6 and 7, Brewmaster Bruce Sample and gang are … Read More

NEW: Wild Rose’s best German beer by Fahr
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By JASON van RASSEL Considering how many collaborations have been going on lately, it’s not like Alberta’s collegial craft brewers need a special occasion to justify making a beer together. But if they did, the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot … Read More

Brewsters expands to Manitoba
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By BRETT HOPPER Brewsters Brewing Company has announced that its packaged product will be available for purchase outside of Alberta for the first time – in Manitoba. “We received an email from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries about their ‘Coast to … Read More

VISIT: Fallentimber Turns Honey to Mead in Water Valley
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By BRETT HOPPER “When you’ve reached the point of thinking you’ve gone too far, and you no longer have cell service, keep going…” This is how you’re typically introduced to Fallentimber Meadery, and subsequently Water Valley, and the back roads … Read More

Show your love for Alberta beer
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We have a confession to make – we’re in love. And we’re not afraid to get all soppy and romantic and broadcast our love for that special someone – er, something – in our lives. Introducing, The Daily Beer t-shirt, an … Read More

EVENT: BikesnBrews Spring Classic Rolls Into Calgary
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Like bikes? Like beer? We thought so! Calgary bike, beer and coffee enthusiasts BikesnBrews are holding their Spring Classic this Friday (April 8) at the Pig & Duke pub (1312 – 12th Avenue SW). The event brings together local craft brewers, bike … Read More

WIN: Tickets to see Aleberta: Our Beer History
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You have less than a week to enter our draw to win tickets to see the Alberta beer documentary Aleberta: Our Beer History in Calgary or Edmonton. The three-part documentary premieres in Calgary on April 7, followed by a screening in Edmonton on April 14. The documentary explores … Read More

Plight of the Beer Store Clerk
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By BRETT HOPPER Hi, I’m your beer store clerk, and yes, scenarios such as this are familiar territory for me. That’s what they pay me for: To traverse through your muddled statements and open-ended questions to no one in particular, … Read More

EVENT: World Premiere of Aleberta: Our Beer History
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By HAYDON DEWES Alberta filmmaker and beer-lover Spencer Estabrooks of Dead West Productions has been drinking up Alberta’s rich 130-year beer and brewing history. He has zig-zagged across the province, tracked down anyone who knows anything about Alberta’s beer history, and … Read More

EVENT: Visit Brooks, Drink Awesome Beer
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Say what? A craft beer festival in Brooks? It’s true: Brooks beer-lover Michael Glynn Macdonald has organized the Brooks Beer Bonanza to take place on Friday, April 15 at the Heritage Inn & Conference Centre. So far 34 breweries will … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer (March 13)
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Our favourite time of the week! More new beer from some of our favourite breweries, brewery tours are underway in Edmonton and an interesting debate about the state of hops in Alberta. Help Theoretically Brewing hire more staff The Lethbridge-based … Read More

EVENT: Alberta Embraces Big Boots Brew Day
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by BRETT HOPPER Every year, March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day. Within the last few years, a movement has been growing alongside this day; the Pink Boots Society was formed in 2008 by Portland-based craft brewer Teri Fahrendorf, … Read More

NEW BEER: Molsons Launches First In Series Of “Historic Brews”
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By BRETT HOPPER First off, a history lesson: What’s now known as “Molson Coors Canada” has been in Canadian business since 1786. That’s 230 years, folks, and it’s not something to baulk at. Personal opinions aside, that’s impressive. To honour … Read More

EAT: Chewy IPA Pretzels
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There’s a reason why you see these dense salty snacks being sold everywhere at Oktoberfest – they are delicious, bring on a hell of a thirst and stop you getting fall-off-the-table-while-stumbling-to-an-oompah-band drunk. Making them yourself is easy and fun. It … Read More

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer (Feb 18)
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Shiny tanks, new beer and tweaks at some of our most beloved breweries will get a lot of Alberta beer-lovers excited this week. Here are the highlights. Tanks! A lot! You could’t go anywhere around Calgary last week without seeing … Read More

VISIT: Jasper, Brewing Community
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By BRETT HOPPER Passing through Banff, and then Lake Louise, along the Trans-Canada Highway, provides picturesque mountain views that look as crisp as the air that surrounds them, at this time of year. As you go deeper into Canada’s Rocky … Read More

NEW BREWERY: Common Crown Joins Calgary’s Brewing Dynasty
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By HAYDON DEWES Calgary’s northeast is building its reputation as the city’s microbrewery quarter, with Common Crown Brewing confirming it will open there this summer. Common Crown is planning to open its doors and begin pouring beer in June. The brewery and taproom … Read More

EAT: IPA Mustard
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Making your own IPA mustard is about as simple as it gets when it comes to cooking with beer. And the result? You get a fresh, tangy condiment that elevates the food you’re eating and really shows off the characteristics … Read More

NEW BEER: Two New Brews from Dandy
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It’s been two years since four friends came together to form The Dandy Brewing Company and they continue to impress with their fun and unique range of small-batch beers. If you don’t yet know the story behind Alberta’s first nanobrewery, … Read More

CONTEST: Name That Beer!
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Alberta Beer Festivals needs your help as they get ready to brew a special beer for the upcoming beer festival season. Every year, Alberta Beer Festivals partners with the Olds College BrewMaster Program to brew a beer for the festivals. … Read More

DEAL: 25c Beer!
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Okay, slightly misleading headline, but National Beer Hall in Calgary is tweaking its normal weekday happy hour ($5 pints from 3pm to 6pm) to sell its beer by the ounce – 25c an ounce to be exact. We wrote about … Read More

A Brewery Tour, In Pictures
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Calgary’s greatest media minds got together to visit some of the city’s finest breweries with Calgary Brewery Tours, which has just begun operations. The Daily Beer was there; rather then tell you what happened, we pulled together this Storify collation … Read More

Sorry, We’re Not Here…
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Hi! Thanks for visiting. We’re not here today. We’ve taken the day off work, kissed the dog goodbye and headed out with Calgary Brewery Tours for a day of beer tourism. We’ll be posting photos and updates from our adventures … Read More

TOP 5: Reasons To Drink Cask Beer
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If you haven’t come across cask beer in Alberta yet, you’re drinking at the wrong places. These delicious little steel barrels of liquid gold are your chance to drink one-of-a kind labours of love, made by the province’s best brewers. The … Read More

TOP 5: Perfect Growler Fill Tips
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Growler bars and breweries are popping up like mushrooms across Alberta, offering fresh options to get craft beer-to-go. Many of the beers on offer are only available on tap, which makes them very attractive. But be warned… if you aren’t … Read More

NEW BEER: Big Rock Lays on the Hops
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Big Rock? Hops? What? There is a certain buzz over Big Rock Brewery’s latest Alberta offering, Citradelic (not to be confused with New Belgium’s Citradelic). It’s a single hop IPA made with Citra hops. And yes, it’s hoppy! Calgary-based Big Rock … Read More

BEER 101: Ale vs Lager
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That beer you’re drinking right now? It’s an ale. Or a lager. Knowing this much is about as simple as beer theory gets, as almost all beers produced and consumed are one or the other. Understanding the difference? Well now, … Read More