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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BREWERY: A Tale of Two Newbies

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Avenue Edmonton has a story this month about “new brews” in the Edmonton area. It’s interesting not for what is said, but rather what isn’t said, about the two new brewing operations they cover. The first is Bench Creek Brewing, an Edson-based … Read More

VISIT: Two Sergeants Brewing Taproom Opens

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Fort Saskatchewan microbrewery Two Sergeants Brewing swings open the doors to its new taproom tonight, continuing a heartening trend of Alberta microbreweries offering beer to the people direct from the source. The past month has seen a series of early … Read More