This is Why 2017 was the Best
So a funny trend has presented itself to me after re-reading all of my blogs, I thought pointing this out because I must really love the Blindman Brewery! I only have four posts but it seems like I have only been drinking their beers! This post even has one of their beers in a picture! Moreover, since I have talked so much about this brewery I think I really have to get my ass over to this brewery and get the true experience and of course drink their amazing beers!
Last Years Summer Favorites
Alright so last summer was the when I really got into Craft beer! I did a lot of research on my own time and learned a lot, not enough to call myself an expert or a connoisseur as they are so called, but I did learn a little about the different types of beers, and the brewing process. Last summer I chose to find 3-4 breweries and try all of there beers and those breweries were the Blindman Brewery, Lacombe AB, The Troubled Monk, Red Deer AB, The Tool Shed Brewery, Calgary AB and my hometowns Coulee Brew, Lethbridge AB. I stuck to these breweries so that I could figure out what sort of beers I preferred and so I could follow them and see how often they came out with special or seasonal beers that they might only do once or twice a year. The picture below has 3 beers in it and the ones on the left and middle are two beers that were my favorite beers of the summer!
The beer on the left is a 11% extra strong ale. It is a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels that were double oaked and aged for 147 days. WOW! this beer had a kick! I am not a spirits kind of person and bourbon is definitely not a favorite! This beer though was absolutely fantastic! The aroma this beer gave off after it was poured in the glass was a really strong bourbon smell so naturally I was a little hesitant. Then I took my first sip and it was this intense flavor of bourbon and after I swallowed it had this beautifully smooth finish of oak that made me go back for more and more until before I knew it was all gone and I was pretty tipsy. I believe this brewery also did this to their main stay porter and I was able to try this one as well and it was again fabulous and amazing. I think there is a reason I keep talking about the Blindman Brewery and its definitely because they keep making fantastic beers that have these amazing flavor profiles that just keep you wanting more.
The beer in the middle is my favorite from last summer! It was a special beer that was brewed by the Tool Shed brewery in Calgary AB. The tool shed at the time was really pushing the using of local Alberta grown products. Where the barely was grown was a big promotional push that the brewery made. The barley growers are actually located north of my hometown where I grew up. The guys who own the farm I actually went to high school with which in a way made it even more special and made it that much better when I was able to get my hands on it. The can of this beer perfectly depicts the name of this beer in my opinion and truly represents Alberta Craft beer perfectly just by the design of the can! Prairie Pride, was the smoothest and lightest tasting beer I have ever had in my life thus far. The best way of describing this beer is by comparing it to a bud light but this beer is ten times better in every way possible. It was a beautiful crisp and flavorful beer that was smooth going down and went down way to quick and before I knew the six pack and the two liter growler were gone.
Best Christmas Ever!!
So Christmas 2017 was a memorable one. I was able to get my hands on this fantastic Craft Beer Advent calendar from a brewery out of Victoria, British Columbia called Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. I was very fortunate to even find this calendar as there was only one liquor store in town that brought it in and I was lucky enough to get there in time and get two, one for my dad of course! This brewery had specifically arranged this calendar so that every day the beer was diffenent and got better and better. The beers ranged from a simple pilsner to a blond to a sour to a stout and so on and so forth. Every style of beer was in this calendar. I was and still am really impressed by this brewery as I think it would be very difficult to come up with 25 different beers and arrange them in the way they did. When December comes around this year though I will definitely try and get my hands on a calendar again and hopefully it will be another brewery because I love trying new beers from different breweries! Not because I did not like this calendar, just to clarify! Yes that is my little munchkin hovering over top! She was very intrigued with what I was doing and wanted to see.
Alright so I was able to get my hands on some very special beers because my good friend was invited to a closed event at a brewery in Calgary, AB. My friend was nice enough to give me one of each of the beers he bought so that I could try them as he knows I am really into craft beer and all. So stay tuned and I will post once I have drank them all and have taken some pics!
Also if you would like to know more about some of the breweries I have mentioned or you might have already heard of on your own leave me a comment and I will try my best to help and give you the info you are looking for!