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Just in time for Oktoberfest: Big Rock debuts SAAZ Republic Pilsner

Local brewery Big Rock has unveiled a new brew, perfectly timed for Oktoberfest. Fifth in its Brewmaster’s Edition seasonal beer series, the SAAZ Republic Pilsner is a light lager, generously spiced with Czech hops. Considering the current craze for bold, bitter hops in many craft beers, this throwback to the classic European pilsner style is refreshingly smooth and balanced.

WURST’s pretzels and pilsner, a classic Oktoberfest combo. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Debuting the beer at WURST Restaurant & Beer Hall last week was apropos. Its lively lower-floor German-style beer hall played host while brewmaster Paul Gautreau spoke about his latest creation to a packed house. (more…)

Hot Date: Taste of Calgary

Aug 16 – 19 Savour the flavours of Calgary’s delicious and diverse cuisine at this weekend’s annual Taste of Calgary event at the Eau Claire Festival Plaza.

Over 35 restaurants and beverage vendors from across the city serve up bite-sized versions of signature menu items. Sampling tickets are $1 each, and menu items range in price from one to five tickets.

Menu items include sumptuous sliders from the recently opened Black Betty Burgers & Wine Bar, regionally sourced fusion creations from the new upscale Downtownfood, New York strip loin from Ric’s Grill, pub classics from Jameson’s Irish Pub and numerous other delights from Calgary’s best eateries. (more…)

Alberta Beer Week

If you’re still hopped up from the Calgary International Beerfest this weekend, you’ll enjoy sampling some fantastic regional brews this week during Alberta Beer Week.

Village Brewery "Blacksmith" on tap at The Pig & Duke Pub

Running until May 13, pints of Alberta beers will be featured for $5 from 4-8pm daily at CRAFT Beer Market, Below Deck Tavern, The Pig and Duke, Jack Astor’s, Bottlescrew Bill’s, The Rhino Smokehouse and The Voodoo Lounge.

We recommend Edmonton’s “Sap Vampire Maple Lager” from Alley Kat, Canmore’s “Rutting Elk Red” from Grizzly Paw (both available at CRAFT) and the “Blacksmith India Black Ale” from Calgary’s own Village Brewery, available at the Pig and Duke.
– Adele Brunnhofer