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

Blind Enthusiasm set to become Canada’s “sour central”

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By JASON van RASSEL There’s no doubting Greg Zeschuk’s enthusiasm for craft beer, but when you have a track record of business successes like he does, it’s debatable how blindly he approaches any venture. Nevertheless, Blind Enthusiasm is the name … 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

POW! Meet Zero Issue Brewing’s dynamic duo

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By HAYDON DEWES They’re brothers. Friends. Comic book fans. Beer lovers. A dynamic duo of sorts. Now Kirk and Mark MacDonald have found a way to rekindle their childhood passion – comic and sci-fi – and merge it with a … 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

Beer Travel with Kids – A Survival Guide

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By HAYDON DEWES Beer. Travel. Kids. What could possibly go wrong with that combination? The answer is “a lot”. A lot can go wrong. Travelling overseas with kids is tough at the best of times. Travelling overseas with kids when both … 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 BREWERY: Canmore Brewing Company opening this fall

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By HAYDON DEWES Canmore is to get its second brewery, with Canmore Brewing Company confirming it will open its brewery and taproom later this year. We’ve always thought that Canmore would be the perfect place to set up a microbrewery. It … 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

BEER 101: How to buy fresh beer

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Twice in the past month we’ve been duped by stale beer. It sucks. Stale beer is more prevalent than most beer retailers would like to admit. You think it’ll never affect you – but it does. You’ve probably experienced the … 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

NEWSFLASH: The Week in Alberta Beer June 8

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Another Alberta brewery is born First, some great news out of Cochrane! Half Hitch Brewing in Cochrane received AGLC sign off on Wednesday to begin brewing operations. Their first brew is planned for this weekend. It follows several years of … 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

Hits and Misses: Calgary International Beerfest

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By HAYDON DEWES We had a blast last weekend at Calgary International Beerfest (CIBF) catching up with old and new buddies, and sampling some ridiculously good beer. The good thing about festivals the size of CIBF is that there is … 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

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