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ICYMI: Beer News From Around The Net

While some new, original content is in the works, we thought we’d prime the pump with a few items you may have missed in the last little while!

Last Best Imperial Porter

Lock, Stock, and Jamaican Rum Barrel

Since opening, Last Best Brewing and Distilling has been hard at work pushing the Calgary craft beer scene forward.

Currently hosting a line-up of five full time beers (Pale Ale, IPA, Black Lager, Porter, and Kolsch), Last Best is constantly brewing small batch seasonals - some of my favourites from this year have been the King Ralph Imperial IPA, Oktoberfest, The Afternoon Show with Kelly WIPA, and their Pilsner. To top it off, Last Best routinely has a guest tap, featuring a beer from another fantastic brewery - such as the Toolshed Red Rage or Six Corners Trailhead IPA.

Their latest, limited release offering (and their first bottled beer) is the first of their barrel-aged Lineage Series - the Imperial Porter.

2014 Advent Calendar Wrap-Up

Happy New Beers!

December 2014 came and went and when the dust settled, seventy-two different beers had been revealed!

The Craft Beer Advent Calendar, Phillips Snowcase, and Central City / Parallel 49 Mystery Gift provided twenty-four days of surprise, intrigue, and of course, delicious beers.

Rather than dragging out all seventy-two beers day by day, we’ll take a look at the three calendars overall and explore the good and the bad of undertaking this mighty challenge.

But don’t worry! Just like last year there’s a gallery of each day included at the end!

So if you’re ready, read on!

Gearing Up for December

An Annual Tradition

December fast approaches and with it comes Advent Calendar season!

One week from today, kids of all ages will be able to start their wonderful twenty-four day adventure; a new surprise every morning! While there are many varieties available this year (chocolate, LEGO , toys, whisky) we’re of course focusing on Beer Advent Calendars!

Last year we took on the mighty task of working through two advent calendars, so how could we top that?

Well how about THREE advent calendars!

That’s right, this year we’re upping the ante and taking on three advent calendars. The Craft Beer Advent Calendar and Phillips Snowcase make a return and join the Parallel 49 / Central City Brewing Mystery Gift!

Similar to last year we’ll be posting each day’s brews on our twitter (@beerbloggerca) with a wrap-up at the end!

2014 Advent Calendars

What’s In The Box?

Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect.

Labeled similarly to last year, the Phillips Snowcase generically teases at a variety of styles (Beer, Strong Beer, Extra Strong Beer and Spiced Beer) from Phillips Brewing Company ranging from 5.0% ABV to 10.0% ABV. Last year included a couple surprises with plenty of old favourites, can we expect the same this year?

The Craft Beer Advent Calendar returns with an Intercontinental Edition for it’s 2014 incarnation. Beers from seventeen countries across six continents, including Finland, Guiana, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa lay in wait inside this cardboard treasure chest. The ABV breakdown covers 4.5% ABV at the low end thru to 10% and 11% ABV at the high end. Craft Beer Imports promises the twenty-beers aren’t currently available on shelves so each day will be a new experience!

The newcomer this year is the Mystery Gift from Parallel 49 and Central City Brewing. These two great B.C. breweries have teamed up to provide eleven beers each, along with two collaboration brews! I’m a big fan of both of these breweries and can’t wait to dig into this one. The ABV breakdown is fairly standard at 5.0% thru 10.0% ABV.

Tune In On Monday!

Keep an eye on our twitter starting next Monday for all the action!

Remember, don’t drink more. Drink better!


Rad Trad

Breaking With Tradition

While a certain amount of exploration and experimentation is required when developing, refining, and broadening your taste for craft beer, we all have a special place on our palates and in our stomachs for our old favourites.

Those are the beers that first opened our eyes to beer (craft or otherwise), the particular brews we shared among friends at special occasions, or perhaps those local-made, seasonal favourites. All of which we use to keep ourselves grounded in a world of Imperial-thises, Infused-thats, and those mouth punishing Hop-bombs and Malt Whales.

Being a Calgary local means I had the good fortune of starting my foray into beer with Big Rock Brewery and, quite naturally, their English Brown Ale - Traditional - holds a very special place in my heart.

When rumblings of a hopped up version of this classic started earlier this year, the excitement was almost palpable (regular readers will know me as a confessed hop-head). As the suspense grew over the coming months, so did a slight anxiety…how would a bigger hop profile affect this favourite of mine? Will it do the name ‘Traditional’ justice, or tarnish the reputation?

At long last we will have our answers as Big Rock starts September with the release of the Rad Trad pack; featuring two hoppy takes on the old classic, The Anarchist and The Cascadian.

Offering a choice of English-styled and Pacific Northwest-styled hops, this one-two punch delivers two untraditional takes on the Traditional.

Let’s take a look at each!

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