So you fancy yourself a craft beer connoisseur. You’ve sampled a wide range of beers from Edmonton’s local breweries, and around the world. You know the difference between an English and Indian Pale Ale, and you wouldn’t be caught dead drinking a Lucky Lager. All in all, your craft beer knowledge is pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement. So where do you go from here?
There are fewer things in life more relaxing than a good yoga class – the focus on breathing, the stretching of muscles, and the peacefulness that comes out of all of it. It’s a wonderful experience for mind, body, and soul. But one thing is missing, and that – of course – is beer. Well, it was missing, until now.
2018 is officially here! It’s a new year full of promise, excitement, and at least a few failed New Year’s resolutions. It’s also a very exciting year for the Edmonton craft brewing industry, where a whole slew of new breweries are opening up around our city. Here’s a quick look at some of the new brewhouses to look forward to in the upcoming year.
The nights are starting to get long, there’s a chill in the air, and the first couple of Christmas songs have snuck their way onto our radios. All this can only mean one thing—the holiday season is right around the corner, and with it, the mad dash to find the perfect Christmas present has begun. If you’re sitting there wondering what to get that beer lover on you list, don’t worry—we got you covered. Here are some holiday gift ideas for any beer enthusiast.
If you’ve been paying attention to the Alberta beer scene lately, you might have noticed a “new” style of beer creeping its way into popularity—Sour Beers. In Calgary, Dandy Brewinghas a sour for every season and Wild Rose Brewery has the Cowbell Kettle Sour. In Edmonton, Situation Brewing has the WTF Blood Orange. And in Lacombe, Blindman Brewing has a range of kettle sours as well as barrel-aged sours. They’re distinct, fruity beers with a unique tartness—but what exactly goes into making a sour beer?
Lederhosen, bratwurst and beer. Since its first rendition over 200 years ago, Oktoberfest has been synonymous with good beer. Any beer connoisseur has, at least once, dreamed of visiting Germany during those magical 16 to 18 days and enjoying some of the best beer the world has to offer—all while surrounded by millions of like-minded folks.
The craft beer scene in Alberta has expanded rapidly in the last few years, and “cask ales” have become more widespread as a result. You may have heard many breweries advertise “cask nights” at brewpubs throughout the city. So what’s a cask, you ask?
When we think about food and alcohol pairings, we think about wine and cheese, wine and chocolate, etc. Someone even thought of perfect wine pairings to Halloween candy. But there hasn’t been much out there for food pairing with beer, beyond burgers, fries and pizza, of course.
Maybe you’ve come along on one of our brewery tours discovering five of Edmonton’s craft breweries. Maybe you haven’t joined us quite yet and are just foraying into the world of craft beer. Maybe you’re a craft beer geek eager to expand your local beer IQ. Whatever your story, we want to bring the world of craft beer to you.