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National Beer Hall

Fall Sipping: 2 Must-Try Drinks at National Beer Hall

The Pimm’s Cup and St. Ambroise Pumpkin Beer at National. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

While the weather in Calgary sticks to the 20 Celsius mark, it certainly feels like fall has arrived. Though the season just started last Saturday, the trees are turning gold and amber, and an autumnal spirit fills the air. What better way to celebrate continued warm weather and the changing season than grabbing a drink on the patio at National Beer Hall on 17th Avenue SW. (more…)

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…)