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Interesting links in the beer world....

This new segment of the EBGA Newsletter will aim at revealing some of the gems that we stumble across during the preceding month in effort to share our gleanings with the greater population.  Please feel free to post article links to our Facebook page, or email them to us via the contact form on the EBGA website.  We'll do our best to keep this interesting, informative and at all costs, about beer!

Piss and Vinegar: Stop Saying "Wet Hop" When You Mean "Fresh Hop" - The New School (16 September 2013)

Canada's First Ever Estate Craft Brewery - Craft Brewing Business (13 September 2013)

The Craft Beer (Non) Bubble - Brewers Association (20 September 2013)

Growler Filling 101 - Craft Brewing Business (19 September 2013)

Hazy History - Planet S Magazine (2 September 2013)

Beer U (non-accredited) - Cask Ale Seminar

Does that have your attention?  Good.

Brian Westcott, head brewer at Alley Kat is preparing a rather special Beer U (non-accredited) for the October Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous meeting.  You see, Brian is the man behind the cask ales that come from Alley Kat.  It's his creativity, along with the input from the other talented brewers at Alley Kat, who create the sought-after cask ales that are poured monthly at no fewer than three venues around Edmonton (Next Act, Sugarbowl, and Beer Revolution). 

Cask Nights at each of these venues have gotten to be very popular and extremely well attended.  The EBGA wants to take a different view on these events and showcase the brewer who creates them! 

Brian will be on-hand at our 22 October event at Wunderbar and he's bringing a cask with him!  Not only will the EBGA-er's have the opportunity to speak to Brian about his cask ales (over a pint!), but we'll also get to hear about the process by which they're made.  Brian will speak about some of the science and process behind the perfect pint of cask ale as well as his experience in learning to master this art.

Come join us for a proper pint of cask ale and learn what makes it so delicious!

What:  Beer U (non-accredited) - Cask Ale Seminar
Who:  Brian Westcott, head brewer at Alley Kat Brewing
When:  22 October 2013, 7pm
Where:  Wunderbar  (8120 101 street)


Old Strathcona Foundation - Funding the Foundation with Yukon Brewing

The following info taken from the ticket vendor....

"Funding the Foundation is an evening of food, frivolity and philanthropy, featuring King Muskafa
The evening brings together many of the elements which make Old Strathcona the vibrant and eclectic community it has become known for world wide.
Enjoy sampling the fare from local restaurants, bidding on silent auction items donated by local businesses while being entertained by live musicians and something a little magical. 
Live auction items include a VIA Rail trip for two to Vancouver (valued at $1350.00), a trip for two to Quebec City including airfare with accommodations at the Chateau Frontenac (valued at $5,500) and a trip for two to Whistler  including airfare, ground tranfser, ski passes with accommodations at the Chateau Whistler (valued at $7,000).  
Silent auction items have been provided by Old Strathcona businesses and the Old Strathcona's Farmers' Market.
Music provided by King Muskafa
Magic provided by  Ron Pearson
Food provided by MKT Craft Beer Market, Block 1912 and Naanolicous 
Beer sampling provided by Yukon Brewing Company
Guests of this evening will leave with a better understanding of the importance of the heritage to this community."

The EBGA is luckily has two pairs of tickets (four total) to give away for this fundraiser!  Each ticket is a $40 value.  The EBGA will give away the tickets in pairs.  To win a pair of tickets for the 5 October event, simply reply to this newsletter with the answer to the following skill testing question:

Ska dancing is called what?     (Hint - watch this YouTube video of King Muskafa)

Winners must prove they are 18+; the first two correct answers each win a pair of tickets.  Tickets are provided to the EBGA courtesy of Yukon Brewing (Thank you!). 


Beer Related Events in #yeg....

1 October 2013 - Alley Kat Maroon Dragon DIPA - available at the brewery
1 October 2013, 6pm - Alley Kat Cask Night at Next Act Pub - Maroon Dragon, single hopped with Centennial, makes it's debut on cask!
3 October 2013, 5pm - Half Pints Tap Takeover at Beer Revolution - Announced to have 8 different beers on tap from both the regular and seasonal line-up from Half Pints! 
3 October 2013, 5pm - Launch Party for Maroon Dragon and Pumpkin Pie at Alley Kat - Maroon dragon will make it's appearance on the first of October, but the single-hopped Double India Pale Ale, this time with Centennial will, together with Pumpkin Pie, be officially launched at the brewery. 
5 October 2013, 7pm - Strengthen Old Strathcona Funraiser with Yukon Brewing - Funding the Old Strathcona Foundation, is an evening of food, frivolity and philanthropy; with a fundraising goal of $10,000, which will be used by the Old Strathcona Foundation to continue their work in the preservation, protection and promotion of the heritage of Old Strathcona.  Tickets and info here.
6 October 2013, 6pm - Alley Kat Cask Night at Underground - In conjunction with a political tweetup, this cask is due to be Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale.
16 October 2013, 6pm - Beer School at Underground with Mill Street Brewery's Certified Cicerone Jordan Mills, $60/person available here.
17 October 2013, 6pm - Alley Kat Cask Night at Sugarbowl - Announced as Alley Kat's signature Amber Ale done up with a load of hops!
17 October 2013, 7pm - Howe Sound Brewmasters' Dinner at Underground - Dave Fenn, brewery owner, will be on-hand for a brewer's Q&A session, tickets $60/person, available here.
25 October 2013, 5pm - Alley Kat Cask Night at Beer Revolution - Maroon Dragon Double India Pale Ale will once again be available on cask! 
1 November 2013 - Underground 1 Year Anniversary and Yukon Tap Takeover - Hard to believe it's only been one year, Underground is ready to celebrate with the help of Yukon Brewing who are set to offer 8 different beers! 
Yukon Brewing - Brewer's A.D.D Series - The latest, and last(!) of this series of beers is released and will be on shelves at your finer craft beer stores.  This last offering is a seasonally appropriate pumpkin ale.
Hog's Head Brewing's Tasting Room (St. Albert) - Now Open!  Check their social media for details:  Hog's Head Facebook, Hog's Head Twitter.
Beer Revolution Weekly Cask Ale  - Tapped weekly at 5pm at Beer Revolution, the casks derive from Brewsters' and on the last Friday of the month, Alley Kat!


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