Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous
Newsletter - December 2014
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The search for good beer need not be lonely.

Want to have all the #yegbeer Events in your calendar, but too lazy to type them all in?  What about forgetting to set a reminder for that #casknight or #taptakeover?  

Visit the EBGA website to view the #yegbeer Events Calendar where you can subscribe to have all of the events in this newsletter, and many more available on your mobile device or desktop calendar. 

Alberta Small Brewers Association

The Alberta Small Brewers Association, much like the EBGA, aims to promote Alberta based craft brewers and will be starting a media campaign to educate the uninitiated and celebrate the hard work and creations of local brewers.

Keep an eye out for the logo below, which will soon denote local craft beer friendly locations, local craft brewery initiatives, and promotional events!

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous will be working closely with the Alberta Small Brewers Association in the future - keep your eye out!

EBGA December 2014 Newsletter

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous
Events Quick Reference

19 December
Laughing Dog Brewing - Hostile Tap Takeover @
Beer Revolution

31 December
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball @ Underground

New Year's Eve @ MKT with a cask from Alley Kat

New Year's Eve Best of Brewmaster's Dinner @ CRAFT

20 January, 2015
Brewmaster's Dinner with Deschutes @ CRAFT

21 February, 2015
EBGA Freeze Your Cask Off!

25 February 2015
Sour & Funk Beer Festival @ Beer Revolution

In addition to this list, remember that both Beer Revolution (Friday's @ 5pm) and CRAFT (Tuesday's @ 4pm) have weekly casks!  So get out there and enjoy!

Happy Holidays From Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous!

This is admittedly a festive, but also hectic time of year.  Year end inventory counts have to be done (cursed accountants sure seem Scrooge-esque when both fiscal and calendar year ends approach!), the obligatory office Christmas party, and preparation efforts for the holiday family gathering are all examples of things that need to be overcome before it's actually time to relax.  

This holiday season, the EBGA Executive wants to wish you and those close to you a safe and happy holiday season.  As always, be sure to find safe and responsible transportation after enjoying those festive craft beers!

Here's to another year of hosting great events that focus on showcasing and learning about local craft beer!  Thanks to everyone for a great 2014... we'll be looking forward to catching up with you in 2015!

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous presents another cask ale centered event for your calendar, this time, with the premise of staving off the cold of a typically frigid time of year.  We're introducing a smaller winter event to keep focus across the seasons and to continue to showcase the skill and products from some amazing local craft brewers. 

Freeze Your Cask Off! will be held on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Strathcona Community League Hall (10139 87 Ave), in Edmonton from 1pm - 7pm. 

If you've previously attended our iterations of our EBGA Real Ale Festival, then you'll have a good idea of what we're trying to do.  This time, however, we've posed a challenge to the brewers who will be creating the cask conditioned beers.  Given the propensity to gravitate to darker styles, in part, to complement the few short hours of sunlight
we experience in Edmonton during the winter months, and in part because they can be of higher ABV to fight off the cold, the brewers have been challenged to create beers that also gravitate to the darker spectrum.  At this point we can only speculate as to the styles they will aim for - Porter? Stout? Old Ale? Dark Belgian Strong? Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale? - who knows!

In addition to being the first winter cask ale festival put on by the EBGA, we're also proud to announce a physical embodiment of the partnership that we are developing with the Alberta Small Brewers Association.  This particular embodiment happens to take the form of a special (limited) edition growler.  The growler is co-funded by EBGA and ASBA, and will be a take-home gift for the patrons of Freeze Your Cask Off!

In line with all EBGA events, we are attempting to make this event both accessible and educational for all those that wish to attend.  Patrons will likely have the opportunity to interact with many of the brewers that are creating the cask conditioned beers at the event.

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous is pleased to be working with the following brewers/breweries to produce Freeze Your Cask Off!:
- Alley Kat Brewing Company
- Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant
- Dandy Brewing Company
- Hog's Head Brewing
- Norsemen Brewing Co.
- Ribstone Creek Brewery

For additional information about Freeze Your Cask Off!, please visit our website

Or to purchase tickets directly - click here

This might just be the perfect Christmas gift for the hard-to-buy-for beer geek!


Drink This Podcast - An Evening Of Discussion

An invitation was extended to me (Shane) many moons ago to join Mr. Matt Slingsby to speak with him to produce an episode of the podcast that he hosts - Drink This Podcast.  The podcast is Edmonton centric and focuses on discussions, with a certain bias towards craft beer.
It took a good long while for Matt and I to find common time to sit down to record the podcast.  We both lead busy lives.  Matt hosts and produces Drink This Podcast in a similar capacity that the EBGA works to produce events - in the after-work hours of our personal lives.  His skills as an interviewer are pretty slick. 

Matt and I had a great, fluid, and mostly lighthearted conversation about EBGA, beer in general, and some history thrown in for good measure.  This episode is the first half(-ish) of our discussion.  Give it a listen.

Prepare Ye the Way of the Cask!

Huge thanks to Matt for inviting me to speak on his podcast.  It was certainly a pleasure! 


The search for good beer need not be lonely.  

EBGA Executive
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