EBGA - November 2012 Newsletter
That's right! Not only is beer from this sought after brewery available in Alberta, we will be hosting their beer and sales rep (with a surprise) in the up coming EBGA event. We're going to have both the Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale and the Black Butte Porter on tap at Wunderbar for the event. We've also been told to expect something else to sample.... and of course, we'd tell you, but that wouldn't be very sporting now would it!?
The event details:
When: 21 November, 2012 @ 7pm
Guest: Deschutes Brewery
As of late there have been many new additions to the selections on local shelves from bigger name breweries from the US, Deschutes, Green Flash, Magic Hat, Elysian, Anderson Valley, Uncommon, and even Jester King (!). This is all very exciting news and we hope that we're lucky enough to keep getting beer from these remarkable breweries, but let us not forget about the local and other Western Canadian breweries!
is about to come out with their next round of seasonals, the Darn Tartan Scotch Ale
, and the return of the extremely popular Three Bears Oatmeal Stout
St. Albert brewery Hog's Head
is now up and running with two of their beers - Baby Back Hops
and Death By Pumpkin
- and will soon have a third offering on the way. You can find the Hog's Head beers on tap at (but not limited to) Wunderbar, Cha Island Tea Co., Accent Lounge, Three Boars, etc. Pictured here is Hog's Head brewer Stu at the recent Rocky Mountain festival at the Shaw Conference Center (note the banner in the background!) Can't wait to see what else these guys have in store for us in the future; here's wishing them well! Glad to see another local craft brewery on the market!
is set to release the next beer in their Brewers A.D.D. Series
- we're told this next one is a Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA and will be the 5th in the series! The Underground (100st and Jasper) will be getting a couple of kegs of this beer, so keep an eye on their social media feed for announcements. Also from Yukon will be their Jelly Donut Ale, which is a raspberry beer, and is set to be on tap at the 109st location of the Urban Diner!
That's a lot of beer news, looks like we've got some work to do!
EBGA Ratings - Update
As many of you already know, we've recently instituted a rating system for our local bars, pubs and restaurants. This system was released a couple of months ago with a small-ish list of establishments to get things started. Since then we've seen much debate, and even dedicated an EBGA meeting to hashing out the details of how best to formulate the rating system. It's been great to see the enthusiasm and amount of feedback from all the readers and beer geeks out there!
When we first developed this rating system, we stated that it's going to be an iterative process, both to build a baseline of ratings and to tweak the formulas, so here's a breakdown of the differences we've instituted since last time...
(1) We've ditched the Inducement Factor. The Inducement Factor was an immediate loss of 50% of the establishments total score if we suspected
inducements were present. Now, we had A LOT of debate over this one, and because of both the way the AGLC defines certain things and the fact that we're extremely unlikely to be able to prove the existence of the most harmful of inducements (ie: bribery, mysterious free kegs, and other pushy sales tactics) we don't want to negatively impact any establishment mistakenly. With regard to the AGLC definitions (as per the AGLC Licensee Handbook section 8.2.12
), items like coasters and tap handles are considered "non-essential items" with respect to inducements, but the AGLC does not hold say, branded glassware (for the proper beer experience) in this same category. As a cumulative result, we're going to rely on the rating system to be a direct metric for the most negative of inducements and by proxy, you the readers (more on this below).
(2) The rating system (from this point forward) will be presented with both an aggregate score, and a monthly rating to institute a broad spectrum rating, and to allow chronological tracking respectively. By applying this method we will be able to determine if a certain establishment is improving over time, for example.
(3) To reiterate the how the ratings are allocated, there are four main sections that combine to influence the final letter grade. The four sections are: Tap List Rating, Bottle List Rating, Service Rating, Beer Knowledge Rating; these sections are weighted respectively: 35%, 35%, 20%, and 10%. From these sections the raw score out of 100 then fits into a letter grade bracket.
(4) User interface! (Finally!) So when we initially put out the rating system, we admittedly were not quite ready for the amount of attention it got and as such didn't have the user interface setup yet. But, now, we've got the means for you, the reader and rater, to submit your scores, thoughts, and comments to us via our fancy new form: EBGA Rating Form
We, obviously, encourage you to take a peek at the form and use it the next time you head out for a pint, or down the pub. The more ratings we get, the more we can work at promoting a healthy craft beer scene here in Edmonton.
And finally, a couple of notes regarding the ratings form.....
- the ratings are dated so that if someone has a particularly good/bad experience and it falls well outside of the establishments average numbers, we can contact the establishment to inquire
- there are fields for user comments on the form which should facilitate a bit of ranting to backup the numerical ratings
- we want your feedback (in general) about the functionality of the form, what you think of it, how well it works for you and any recommendations you have
Thanks beer geeks!
So, get out there and start rating your favourite watering hole, or, your least, because now, it's all up to you!