Recap: EBGA - March 2012
OnBeer.org blogger Jason Foster & Mikkeller beer
How can I put this.....Perhaps simplicity is best. Wow! I don't think the Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous has ever had so many people come out to one of our events. It certainly was a welcomed sight, thanks to all who participated.
Our guest speaker, if you missed it, was Jason Foster, a columnist and blogger (most noteably of OnBeer.org), who is based here in Edmonton. The Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous had worked since our inception to bring Jason out to one of our events; the stars finally aligned, and it's probable that it was worth the wait. Jason was there to give a breakdown and a focused point of view of the state of craft beer in our city, and to some degree, all of Alberta. It was refreshing to hear some of the core values of the EBGA - community, passion, and pride in craft beer - reflected in his words throughout the evening as well. Based on the response of this past event and how much fun it was for both Jason and I, it would be nice to get to carry on this discussion and banter at a later date...but we'll keep you wanting on that front for a bit. All-in-all, I think I can say, on behalf of all beer geeks in Edmonton, thank-you Jason for taking the time to visit us and for offering a common voice for us in your many media.
The second feature of last month were two kegs of some rather special beer. They were a Citra single-hopped IPA and a Belgian Strong Ale fermented with Brettanomyces called It's Alive!
We were able to get these unique beers due to the hard work of John Soltice, the agent responsible for bringing us the Mikkeller brews. Mikkeller is a Danish 'gypsy-brewer' who has his beer contract brewed at facilities in Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands (mostly). The beer from Mikkeller are generally of the 'extreme beer' category, which means they push the boundaries of style and of what is possible. Thanks again John for addressing the crowd and for making the beer available to us!
Despite some dispensing issues - possibly due to the Brettanomyces, or just troublesome carbonation - the It's Alive wasn't at it's best, but we suffered through it. Have to specifically thank Jim of Amber's Brewing and Dave of Yukon Brewing for helping troubleshoot the problems on such short notice, in addition to Levi and the gang at Wunderbar, for whom without which we wouldn't be able to do events like this.
And once again, thanks to all who have contributed and participated in the Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous in any form. It demonstrates a common passion in our merry band and is encouraging for the future of craft beer in our city!
P.S. I know my grammer is terrible.