Last Month (October 2011....and some of November 2011)
What you missed:
Wow! What a month! Just to offer a brief recap of the events (not just the Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous ones) that happened around the city. Proof that it is a great time to be a beer geek!
Alley Kat Cask night at Next Act Pub
Drams & Draughts at the Winspear
Urban Diner Beer Dinner w/ Sherbrooke
Alley Kat Cask Night at SugarBowl
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food at the Shaw
Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous at Wunderbar (Beer U)
Alley Kat Cask Night
Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous w/ Phillips Brewing at Wunderbar
Ally Kat Big Bottle/Seasonal Launch party
.... I may have missed some, but wow! This is great to see because it means people are getting out there to appreciate not only craft beer, and even better, getting out in the community to support their local brewers, retailers and charities. Good on you all!
To give a quick summary of the EBGA events, the first one in a quick sucession was the next in a continuing series of events that Craig (Wunderbar) came up with: Beer University (non-accredited). In October's class we covered porters. We sampled 7 different porters from all over the world, but we kept our local trend going with having one of the contract brews from Sherbrooke - the Ochsner's 1905 Alberta Porter (of Edmonton Homebrewers Patrick and Ray) brewed at Alley Kat. We even had the opportunity to sample a surprise smoked porter: Ise Kadoya Imperial Smoked Porter (thank you Charles!). These introductions to different beer styles will continue into the coming months....keep reading.
The other event that the Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous put on since our last newsletter was a night with the owner and brewer of Victoria, BC's Phillips Brewing
, Matt Phillips! Phillips has recently expanded into the Alberta market thanks to some added capacity and some fast acting sales reps. We at the EBGA were amazingly lucky to have not only Matt, but also Simon (Phillips) and Steve (49th Parallel Group
). That night those who attended not only were able to sample a selection of the products available from Phillips, but also, and (I found this to be the most valuable) got to personally know the faces of the people behind the beer. Matt told tales of the early days of Phillips where he actually lived in his brewery! Other news of the coming ventures of Phillips was discussed, like thier comming collaboration with Garrision of Halifax, so stay tuned! Thanks again to everyone who came out to visit the guys from Phillips and if you were one of the lucky ones to go home with a Phillips T-shirt, maybe shoot them an email thanking them for the nakedness prevention :)