Tag Archives: hops

Review: Red Racer India Pale Ale

I’d heard great things about Red Racer India Pale Ale from beer-loving friends, but my first sip of the stuff was at Bottlescrew Bill’s, a great Calgary watering hole that caters to the seriously beer-obsessed. How good was it? Here’s a tweet from my experience at the time: “Finally got around to trying Red Racer […]

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Review: Alley Kat Aprikat beer

During the winter months, I gravitate toward big, heavy, complicated beers, with lots of roasty, toasty, malty flavour. It’s the liquid equivalent of curling up under a nice, comfortable blanket with a good book while a roaring fire blazes on your TV. But in the summer? Sometimes I just want something simple, delicious and yummy, […]

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Review: Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy Ale

When it opened in the mid 1980s, Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery was an upstart little brewery daring to do things differently in an industry dominated by the likes of Molson and Labatt’s. Since then, it’s grown a whole lot, evolving from a feisty microbrewery to a mainstream craft brewery that has found a mass market […]

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Arbitrary: Newcastle Brown Ale – cans vs. bottles

Newcastle Brown Ale is one of my favourite beers. I love its amazing caramel notes, the crisp carbonation, the mineral profile, the balanced hops, the roasted malt, the light sweetness. On the rare occasions I watch soccer games on TV (a.k.a. football on the telly), it’s the default beer I reach for. And yet, I’d […]

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Review: Wild Rose Brewery Velvet Fog

Cloudy beer scares most North Americans. Why? Who knows. Maybe folks here are so used to micro-filtered megabrews that they can’t fathom beers you can’t see through. Even wheat beers, a category where all sorts of amazing beers are murky with yeasty goodness, are often pressed through a filter before they’re bottled. Note Big Rock’s […]

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Review: Wild Rose Brewery Wraspberry Ale

I miss Razzykat. It was an Alley Kat Brewing summer seasonal many, many years ago, and I adored it immeasurably. Something about the fresh, fruity taste of raspberries blended with a decent beer really struck a chord with a much younger me. It wasn’t sweet, and it wasn’t bitter; it was a course in fruit-beer […]

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Review: Alley Kat Full Moon Pale Ale

You can take the boy out of Edmonton, but you can’t take the Edmonton beer out of the boy’s beer fridge. Or something like that. I may be leaving Edmonton for a sweet new gig in Calgary, but province-wide distribution means I won’t have to give up this classic E-town beer that’s just about tops […]

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Review: Wild Rose Brewery India Pale Ale

I like hoppy, flavourful beers, so a quality India pale ale is a match made in heaven. I’ve found such a brew in Wild Rose Brewery’s India Pale Ale, a hoppy brewed creation from Calgary. And speaking of Calgary, now is probably as good a time as any to make an announcement of sorts. Here […]

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