It was a great time at the convention this year, one of the best ever. We visited 10 breweries and a distillery and managed 4 nights in the hospitality room. There was also a buy, sell and trade show and a banquet. Calgary Marlene took some nice photos and I am posting a few of them here. Here is the whole group at Trans Canada Brewing.
Marlene, Doreen and Dave Rudge (owner of Half Pints Brewing)
Winnipeg Dave and me in the hopsitality room.
Marlene, James, Brendan, Mike and Al at One Great City Brewpub
Wearing a Labatt’s apron from a few years back, being an oyster hoister is awesome!
We had 8 attendees from Alberta and it was a great time.
Here are a few photos of our trip to England to visit historic sites and mostly tour breweries and taste different beers. I can usually enjoy one tourist site a day, but am able to visit many breweries and pubs without being the least bit bored. It is great that Terry and I were able to travel with the BCCA group as they all seem to have the same ideas. Below is a photo of a beer toast to Stonehenge with the sun shining through the stones. Awe inspiring place to visit and they sell their own brand of beers there as well!
A photo of the tour group at Beer Beach, yes they have a town named Beer in England and we found it! It was an awesome trip and well worth it, I would highly recommend touring with us on the next trip wherever it may go!
I was recently able to add a bottle from Medicine Hat Brewing in a trade. It is from the temperance era (1916 – 24) and since the brewery went out of business is 1917, it is from a very small time period. It now gives me a bottle from each of the brewing companies of Medicine Hat. Saskatchewan Brewing 1882-189?, Medicine Hat Brewing 1911-1917 and Medicine Hat Brewing 1925-27.
I got the bottle from a collector in Edmonton, who had a display at the Wildrose show this year, check out the photo. Hopefully we can get Edmonton JR out to one of our meetings in the future.
I have always thought that growlers would make a great collection but they would take up a lot of room quick. Hell’s Basement brewery has started a collection of growlers and are getting a lot quick, almost one hundred different in this photo. Just another thing to look at when you are enjoying the beer there. The growlers are usually on shelves all around the tap room, but they put them all together in the bar area for a recent photo shoot. They also have a collections of labels and crowns on display.
Early in the 20th century, electricity was new on the prairies and the local breweries helped hotels advertise that they had the modern convenience by giving them globes to put over a standard fixture. Alberta is the only location that I have ever seen advertising globes of the 9 inch diameter size. Ontario and some US states have a larger version of these beer globes.
I have only seen globes from 3 breweries Calgary, Medicine Hat and Edmonton but perhaps there is a Lethbridge one out there I have never seen.
Millet Keith picked up a nice Sick’s brewery license plate topper just before Christmas and did a paint touch up and polish. It turned out beautiful. A nice piece probably from the earl 1950’s.
Calgary Steve sent me a photo of labels for the new Rocky View brewery as well as a photo of the 3 cans from Common Crown brewery, both in the Calgary area. No idea how the beer tastes, but I am willing to test them out at our next meeting.
I recently had a chance to try the beer from 4th Meridian Brewing out of Lloydminster, they have 3 brands (the other one is a Hefewiessen). The beer has some strong flavors going for it and it will be interesting to see if it sells well in an area known for light beer lovers.
. Medicine Hat brewing is now canning and has can labels, I will get some photos soon. Hell’s Basement also has some new can labels. Lots of other news from Alberta breweries, more to come soon.