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Halifax St. Patrick’s Day hot spots

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a St. Paddy’s Day pint in Halifax? We’ve rounded up a list of Celtic pubs that will get you in a celebratory spirit

By Trevor Adams


You won’t need a four-leafed clover to have a jolly time at these local Celtic hot spots. On March 17, the line will start forming at sun-up outside The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse on Prince Street. Enjoy traditional music throughout the day, a pint of ale from the old sod, and Irish cuisine like lamb stew.

A local favourite for an after-work tipple, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub on Argyle Street boasts an array of popular pub grub. the Banger Burger is sure to satisfy hungry carnivores.


Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Jamieson’s Irish Pub on Cumberland Drive is a must for craft-beer lovers, with sixteen taps showcasing Nova Scotia’s best.

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Bar Batavia Food copy

Photo Credit: Renée Suen

Chic and just a bit sinful, Bar Batavia pours no-nonsense cocktails accompanied by Dutch-Indonesian nibbles.




bar begonia

Photo Credit: Kayla Rocca


Bar Begonia traffics in country-bistro fare served from afternoon through to late-night. Cocktail guru Oliver Stern handles the elegant, if rather pricey, libations.





bar hop

Craft beer is the drink of choice at Bar Hop Brewco. The two-storey-plus-rooftop-patio destination offers dozens of small-batch beers plus inventive eats—like nachos served in a roasted pig’s head.

—Craig Moy

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Photo Credit: Amsterdam BrewHouse

In Toronto, both supply and demand have noticeably increased over the past half-decade. Though corporate beers remain predominant, most respectable establishments now serve at least a couple of options for more discerning drinkers, and connoisseurs can look to any of the bars and brewpubs recommended below for some truly memorable beer-based experiences.

1 Indie Ale House is a straightforward name for a joint that specializes in decidedly non-standard bevvies. Look for rare releases like its “Fates and Furies” series—barrel-aged beers brewed using ancient techniques.

2 Though relatively new, Bloordale’s Burdock has already established itself as a microbrewery and resto-bar to watch. Eight taps pour its “approachably experimental” offerings while the kitchen serves gourmet comfort fare.

3 Still a foodie favourite, Bar Isabel is also very well known for its craft beer list, which, among other things, has many bottles from top-tier Quebec brewers Trou du Diable and Dieu du Ciel.

4 Toronto hipsters’ beers of choice come from Bellwoods Brewery, which offers exceptional drinks—the Farmhouse saison and Witchshark IPA are both classics—in its brewpub and bottle shop.

5 Amsterdam Brewhouse is a massive Harbourfront hub—with three lakeside patios—for enjoying beers by Toronto’s oldest independent brewery. Try a flight of four beers, or see what’s new in the tanks.

6 Family-owned Bar Volo is one of the city’s more venerable spots for craft brews. Can’t decide from among the 100-plus taps and bottles? Its house line of cask-conditioned ales are always intriguing. (Volo is closing it’s Yonge Street location in September; a new location is yet to be announced.)

7 Just outside the Financial District, Beerbistro entices area hot shots with brasserie-style fare and a massive selection of everything from local lagers to trappist ales.

From Tool Shed to Tap: Meet Calgary’s Newest Brewers


“Calgary wants more craft beer,” says Graham Sherman, co-owner of Tool Shed Brewing Company, the city’s newest craft beer producer. Though the city is home to few brewers, the proliferation of its beer halls and the diverse, international flavour of their menus supports his claim. The city’s thirst for beer is a natural match for its well-known entrepreneurial streak. Sherman and business partner Jeff Orr have suitably transformed their onetime backyard project into a refreshing new beer business. (more…)

5 Places For Craft Beer in Calgary

Craft Beer Calgary

One of Calgary’s largest beer selections, along with summery cocktails and a delicious menu, secured National Beer Hall a spot on our list (Photo: Adele Brunnhofer)

WHERE Calgary Contributing Editor and the city’s best-known food critic, John Gilchrist, shares his selections for the best spots to enjoy craft beer in the city.


Cheers for Edmonton Craft Beer Festival!

2013 is the year of the very first Craft Beer Festival in Edmonton

2013 is the year of the very first Craft Beer Festival in Edmonton

Raise your glass to toast the arrival of Edmonton’s first annual Craft Beer Festival, debuting Friday, June 14, 2013 (4 pm – 10 pm) and Saturday, June 15, 2013 (2 pm – 9 pm) at Edmonton Expo Centre (7515-116 Ave.).

Whether you’re a beer aficionado who’s looking for the newest releases, or you have no idea what IPA stands for (or even that it’s a type of beer!), this is a great event to learn more about how to enjoy craft beer!

5 Reasons to Attend Edmonton Craft Beer Festival:

1. Try Something New! Think you don’t like beer? Think again! With over 425 beers from breweries around the world available, the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival will present the opportunity to taste beers people may not have ever tried before. You’re certain to find something that suits your taste! “Even someone who thinks they don’t like beer will find something to suit them and those who are set on their personal preferences are likely to find a new favorite” Alberta Beer Festivals judge Dave Nuttall claims. So many breweries have signed up that this will be the largest craft beer festival in Canada, outside of Toronto!

2. Exclusive Sips! Several breweries will have sample of exclusive, limited-edition beers that will only be available at the festival —  Ribstone Creek Brewery (Edgerton, AB), for instance, is brewing a limited-edition IPA exclusively for the Alberta Craft Beer Festivals. WHERE Edmonton sampled their Buckin’ Bronco IPA at the Calgary International Craft Beer Festival, and it was delicious! Flavourful without being too dry or bitter, this beer will intrigue beer newbies and equally satisfy fans of IPAs. Beer Geeks shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to try some rare and unique brews!

3. Learn! Enjoy a Brew Masters Seminar to learn about the various properties, characteristics, and flavours of beers from top brew masters — some who have travelled from as far away as Europe to present! “This is a rare opportunity to speak with brew masters you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to,” says Mark Kondrat, Project Manager of the festival. “This truly is an international festival and Edmontonians should be very proud to host such a prestigious event.”

Enjoy beers from over 110 breweries around the world — including an exclusive brew from Ribstone Creek Brewery — at the Edmonton International Beer Festival.

Enjoy beers from over 110 breweries around the world — including an exclusive brew from Ribstone Creek Brewery — at the Edmonton International Beer Festival.
Photo by Detour Photography

4. Have Your Beer and Eat It, Too! Attend a “Cooking with Beer” seminar and learn how to pair foods with beer — just like with wine! — and how to prepare foods using beer as an ingredient. “Beer really is more versatile than any other beverage when it comes to pairing with foods,” says Kim Spence, Alberta Beer Festivals judge.

5. Eat! Over 25 local restaurants will have delicious food samples available to try and pair with your beer during the event.

Single-day tickets are $19 in advance; Weekend passes are $29; Beer Geek VIP tickets (allow early admission and guaranteed seminar seating) $25 single-day, or $35 weekend-pass. Tickets are available online, at all Sobey’s grocery stores in Edmonton and surrounding areas, and single-day tickets will be available at the door for $25. Sample tickets are $0.50 and available at the event. More Info: edmontoncraftbeerfest.com



WHERE Edmonton has 10 tickets for each day of the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival to give away to our readers!

To enter: Follow @whereedmonton on Twitter and tweet us the name of your favourite craft beer and/or microbrewery! Be sure to direct your tweet to @whereedmonton. Enter any time through June 9, 2013. Draws will be made at random between April 8, 2013 and June 10, 2013; winners will be announced on Twitter. Each Twitter account may win only once.

Love Beer?

Look for the June/July issue of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine (available June 1) for an exclusive feature article on craft beer in Western Canada! Be sure not to miss the issue — subscribe here

Brewed Just Right: Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips hanging out in Big Rig’s brewery.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips opened up Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery this past summer and it has become a must-visit spot for exceptional pub fare and craft beer. In the kitchen, staples such as nachos get a twist with pulled chicken. In the brewery five mainstay beers, including their flagship Big Rig Gold, are complimented with seasonal brews that change with the weather. Together, they make for one excellent pairing. Cheers!

2750A Iris St., 613-688-3336. www.bigrigbrew.com.

Movember Madness!

In the month formerly known as November, men everywhere will refrain from shaving their upper lip and sport spiffy moustaches in order to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues; thus, the month has been (all but officially) reinvented as Movember.

Moustaches and beer – the perfect “manly” pairing! Donate to the WHERE Edmonton Movember Team to be entered to win a pair of limited-edition Moustache Glasses.
Photo by: Bri Vos & Patrick Kerby, Detour Photography

The men of WHERE Edmonton magazine have risen to the challenge of not shaving their upper lip and donning a Movember ‘stache for an entire month in order to support this excellent cause. We’d love our WHERE readers to donate to our team (http://ca.movember.com/team/618517) and we have an exclusive contest to thank you for your donations: Your donation to the WHERE Edmonton Team will earn you an entry into a draw for a set of limited-edition Movember Moustache Beer Glasses from Alberta’s own Ribstone Creek Brewery. These fun glasses are perfect to use to enjoy a beer to celebrate Movember success all year round!


Underground Tap and Grill

72 beers on tap await customers at The Underground

The Underground Tap and Grill (10004 Jasper Ave.) is a new downtown destination that features a unique concept for enjoying a huge selection of craft beer in a relaxing, unpretentious environment. What makes this destination unique is that all of its 72 offerings of beers are on tap, instead of bottles, with additions and changes to be made to the draft menu continuously – including 12 taps that are constantly on rotation. Craft beer lovers definitely want to head here to find some unique and hard-to-find brews from favourite microbreweries, including many local breweries like Alley Kat, Ribstone Creek, and Yellowhead.

The Underground successfully fills a void in Edmonton’s nightlife scene – where familiar options like clubs and pubs emphasize distracting features like loud music, sports, and entertainment – as a space that allows guests to spend a night out while enjoying alcohol but still able to socialize and share a conversation. The Underground is the place in the city to go to enjoy quality craft beer and quality conversation.

The Underground is also a great place to stop by for a lunch time pint or after-work indulgence, as guests can focus on enjoying one really good pint of beer rather than being inundated with specials for multiple drinks made with weak, low-quality alcohol. The focus here is definitely on the beer, though a well-rounded menu of delicious appetizers and full-meal options is available, too, making it a favourable dining destination as well.


Hot Dining: Brew Masters

Once seen as a drink made more to guzzle than to enjoy, beer is quickly shedding that reputation, thanks in no small part to the recent boom in microbreweries. The folks at Les Brasseurs du Temps pride themselves on using only high quality ingredients in the handcrafted beers that they brew on site. The same philosophy extends to the food they serve — fresh, often local ingredients are used to create flavourful dishes like bison tartare, specialty poutines, or the Old Hull veggie sandwich (with goat cheese from nearby Les Folies Bergères). The building also houses a museum, where visitors can explore the history of brewing in the Ottawa region.

170 Montcalm St., Gatineau, 819-205-4999, www.brasseursdutemps.com

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…)