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Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale

28 Sep

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Drink of the Week: Michelada

22 Sep

Drink - Play - Love

A nice, cold beer is a beautiful thing when bowling your way to a sad 125 at the newly-opened bowling alley at National on 10th in Calgary. But I have to say that a tequila-spiked, Mexican beer cocktail called the Michelada does a far better job of numbing the sour taste of bowling defeat.

The drink is but one Mexican-themed cocktail featured on the bowling alley menu. There’s also a margarita, a paloma (like a grapefruit margarita, but with fizz), and two cocktails made with mezcal, another agave spirit with a smoky flavour. Bartender Stephen Phipps took some liberties with the menu and created a couple of fun sips like the fan favourite Jesus Quintana (like a pisco sour, with chili bitters) and Orale! (rum, Mexican cola, lime and mole bitters). The drinks complement the Mexican street food eats and are priced to match ($10 to $12).

We spent a…

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My Top 10 Beers

21 Sep

Bourbon, Beer and Bites - Man's Real Best Friends

This will really be the post that will see if you will like or hate my beer section of this blog.  You will not see any fruity beers, or others lacking flavor.  If that is what you are looking for, just stop reading now.  I like a strong beer, with lots of flavor.  I want and need you to post on this blog.  Tell me what you hate or love.  Tell me what I may be stupid  of leaving out.  It could just be that I have yet to try the beer, I dislike it, or I am just stupid(I have not tried either Pliny nor Westvleteren yet).  I will not know, until I hear from you.

I start this with the words of one of my favorite beers, Double Bastard from Stone Brewery.
“Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the…

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Stone 17th Anniversary IPA

21 Sep

One of the original craft beer breweries, always good

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17 Sep

The Craft Beer Movement

17 Sep

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Screw technology, screw science. I think beer is the thing that has grown the most in the past 5 years.  American beer used to be laughed at, ridiculed, it was American piss water(Well, some still is). Luckily, those times are ending.  We are on the forefront of beer development.  Europe is too stuck in the past(though they have some damn good brews), the Asian pallet can not accept the harshness of some of the best brews and Africa/south America , do they even brew? In the past 8 months alone, there has been 463 new breweries emerge in the USA(ratebeer.com).

Honestly, I think this movement has come due to websites like beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com .  The US mentality is to have the best and the greatest of everything.  Beer is not excluded from that.  Does it mean that Budweiser/Coors will go away? No.  There are still a ton…

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Barrel Aged Beer – Worth it?

17 Sep

This is an intriguing new trend in ‘craft’ beer, combines my new favorite bourbon, with my oldest favorite, beer!

Bourbon, Beer and Bites - Man's Real Best Friends

A year ago when I first heard about people barrel aging beers I was extremely excited.  Not only was this something newer, but most were using bourbon barrels.  And hey, anything bourbon gets me excited.  Would it add the oakyness, vanilla, sweetness or complexities from the bourbon barrel?  I popped open a BA Bigfoot and the confusion set in.  I was right, it definitely added some oak and a bit of vanilla and all around it was not a bad beer.  The beer is only aged 3 months in oak.  There really are not enough complexities added from such a short time.  Most importantly, I could get 9 12oz bigfoots for the cost of 1 22oz BA bigfoot.  F that.  108 ounces of a very good beer vs 22 of another good beer, I am going with the first option.

On the other hand, you have a beer like KBS…

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