Advanced Beer Making Class - Northwest Calgary Store

Posted by Airdrie Store - Pat Morrison - full access, March 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

On the evening of Thursday March 22/11 enthusiastic beermakers arrived at the Northwest Calgary store to learn more about brewing beer, and the many different styles of beer.     Our beer tasting selection included:   Wild Rose WRaspberry  Ale / Wild Rose IPA  /   Belgian Kwak ( a delightful beer! ) / St Bernardus Wit ( Pat's favourite - a citrus background reminiscent of Hoegaarden) / Anchor Porter /    Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Scottish Beer /  Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter /  St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout / & Half Pints Brewing Co  Burley Wine ( a barley style extra strong beer ).  

We have had a 40% increase in beer kit sales this past year, which speaks to the fact that more and more people are coming to the realization that they CAN brew excellent beer at home with our Barons full malt beer kits. 

As each beer was tasted, Paul described what Barons kit could be used as a blank canvas to attain that style, along with different malts, hops, spices etc.      Tips were shared on different yeasts, malts, hops and spices, along with recipes and handouts.     We will be stocking different yeasts ( eg., Wyeast Belgian Wit ),  chamomille, orange peel, coriander,  different malts ( eg chocolate malt ) to enable our beermakers to tweak and play with brewing many different styles.

Paul also had different styles of glasses for beer varieties & explained the importance of a clean glass when pouring your beer.  ( NEVER put your beer glasses in the dishwasher ! )

Recipes will soon be available at all Home Vintner locations.   We are looking forward to a "Bigger Beer" presence in our stores.

Look on our Facebook Page for more photos of this fun and informative evening.   

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Paul MacKinnon wrote on Mar 24, 2011 5:54 AM:
When will you have the chocolate malt in stalk and also where is a good place in Calgary to pick up good beer glasses?
Thank You,
Pat wrote on Mar 25, 2011 10:52 AM:
The chocolate malt is in stock at both our Calgary stores and the Airdrie store. Willowpark Wine & Beer in southwest Calgary has been known to carry different styles of beer glasses. Also Eidelweiss Village @ the corner of 20 Ave and 19 St NW carries steins. You could check out any kitchenware type stores ( eg. The Happy Cooker @ Market Mall ). Another option is - but I believe that is located in the States , so you would incur shipping costs.
Cheers! Pat, Airdrie store

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