EBGA September 2014 Newsletter
Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous
Events Quick Reference
25 September 2014 - Alley Kat Pink Dragon Launch Party
26 September 2014 - Alley Kat Cask Night @ Beer Revolution
26 September 2014 - Crohns & Colitis - Bottoms Up Gala 2014
3, 4 October 2014 - Edmonton Oktoberfest
9 - 12 October 2014 - St. Ambroise Tap Takeover @ Beer Revolution
The Calgary-based Alberta Beer Festivals is introducing a new event to the Edmonton scene, again one that has been tried-and-true in Calgary, will be as close to the real Oktoberfest as you will find in Alberta!
This year's inaugural event will feature a local craft beer element that is set to include cask ales from local breweries to be tapped and served at periods during the festival.
As with the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival
, Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous will have a booth at Edmonton Oktoberfest that will be associated with the special cask ales and are set to be the center-piece of this unique event.
EBGA members that are seeking to attend Edmonton Oktoberfest can find tickets here
and can also make use of the discount code GEEKS15
to redeem a 15% discount on entrance tickets.
For more information about Edmonton Oktoberfest, and to see a listing of breweries and restaurants, visit the event website
EBGA On Rails Season Wrap-Up
What an amazing series of events this year! We were proud to welcome many new faces, and some new breweries to the streetcar events this past season. Increasing the number of charters we produced this past year to five, EBGA welcomed a collection of local breweries (Yukon
, Alley Kat
(twice!), Hog's Head
, and Ribstone Creek
The featured brews aboard the streetcar this year were all unique, and for some events, specifically brewed and cask conditioned just for the streetcar! We are especially proud to have welcomed Ribstone Creek Brewery, who were first-time cask beer makers for our Real Ale Festival.
We'd like to thank all of our guests, brewers and brewery staff, and most of all, the volunteers from the Edmonton Radial Railway Society
that make this series of evens possible through their hard work in maintaining and restoring the vintage streetcars. The EBGA is very luck that Edmonton has such dedicated individuals in our community that enable us to host these events.
Look for this series to return again in the spring (~ May 2015) when the streetcars come out of hibernation for a new season.
One can tell that the season is changing due to the poor lighting, but here is a photo following the last event (with Ribstone Creek Brewery) with the streetcar conductors on the left, and the EBGA Executive Council.
Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous
Real Ale Festival 2014 Recap
Again, just a wrap-up note to express our thanks for all of those who attended our 3rd annual dedicated cask conditioned ale festival. We continue to be amazed at the quality and creativity of the beers produced on cask for this event year-over-year.
This year the food vendors were particularly amazing as well. Both Farrow Sanwiches
and Old Country Meat & Deli
prepared wares to pair with the cask conditioned beers at Real Ale Festival.
Big thanks also to our many door prize contributors, notably the Century Hospitality Group
, Sherbrooke Liquor
, Beer Revolution
, and of course all of the breweries (Alley Kat, Brewsters, Yukon, Cannery, Central City, Hog's Head, Jasper, Wood Buffalo, Olds College Brewery, Paddock Wood, Parallel 49, Phillips, Ribstone Creek, and Wild Rose).
Sadly, we were too busy running the festival to have taken too many pictures to document the event. If any of those in attendance took photos you'd like to share and be posted to the EBGA website and social media, please reply to this newsletter with attachments, thanks!
Northern Girls Hops
Recently Alberta's first commercial hop producer released their harvest for retail. The proprietors were in attendance at the September meeting of the Edmonton Homebrewers Guild. They came packing! Freshly picked Goldings, Centennial, and Cascade in large totes and dried, vacuum-packed versions were also available in perfect quantities for home-brewers!
2014 was the first harvest for this new hop producer, but they've been at it for quite some time already. Hops take a few years to establish and to bear cones, so the bines that this crop originated from was already almost three years old! In addition to this lead time Northern Girls Hops is located on the very fringe of what is considered viable territory for hop cultivation (those of us with a few bines in the backyard in the city have a much easier time than a plot outside of the urban heat island). Despite these challenges (and more!), Northern Girls Hops are certainly a welcomed edition to the Alberta Craft Beer scene!
We're planning to have Northern Girls Hops visit the EBGA during the winter (sometime), seeing as it is a relatively quieter time of year for these seasonal producers, so stay tuned!
The search for good beer need not be lonely.