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The Beer Diaries exists to Celebrate and Promote Craft Beer Around the World. We do in-depth interviews with brewers to discuss their breweries and beers, as well as share insights on these amazing people. We've got a YouTube channel and are developing beer-oriented apps to help people enjoy beer even more than they do now.

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It's Alberta Beer Week, so check out this new one from Coulee Brew Co., in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/coulee-hoodoo-hops/
Lethbridge, Alberta’s Coulee Brew Co. are up and running in their own operation now, after contract brewing out of B.C. – glad to see them making their own suds now! Hoodoo Hops IPA references a geologic phenomenon found in southern Alberta. This 355ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with a near-teeming tower …
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Oktoberfest is in full swing, and there's a hoppy version of the brew, in the Beer Diaries Autumn Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/deschutes-hopzeit/
A hopped-up Marzen (the beer traditionally served at Oktoberfests), using German varietals – an interesting idea for the mashing of old and new world styles, I gotta say. Es ist Hop-Zeit! It’s hop time! This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly …
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An IPA 'bursting' with hops, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/alley-kat-high-level-ipa/
The latest in Alley Kat’s ‘Back Alley Brews’ series, and named after Edmonton’s High Level Bridge, I would imagine. An IPA made via the hop burst brewing method, wherein the hops (El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria, and Jarrylo) are added near the end of the process, which apparently allows more of the flavours of the hops …
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Fruity sours are the current seasonal fun, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/fuggles-warlock-kiwami-plum-sour/
Kiwami Plum Sour is another Japanese-themed (marketing-wise) brew from this (still?) Van City contract brewer. Wow, what a pain in the ass label to capture a decent photograph of, amirite? This 650ml bottle pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with one rather skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, …
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Some literary beery goodness, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/bench-creek-sweet-lenore/
Yellowhead County’s Bench Creek Brewing has a series of one-off brews that are based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, such as this one, which is a Kölsch made with lavender, raspberry & apricot – the latest incarnation of their ‘Nevermore’ series. I suggest that if you live in either Edson, Edmonton, or Calgary, …
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Peaches and orchards make the season for me, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/worthy-coeur-de-la-peche/
The name means ‘heart of the peach’ – a saison made with peaches procured from Oregon Fruit Products. This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy ecru head, which leaves a bit of roiling whitecap lace around the glass as it quickly sinks …
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We're into week 2 of Oktoberfest, in the Beer Diaries Autumn Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/firestone-walker-oaktoberfest/
California’s Firestone Walker release this Oktoberfest-style brew with a curious moniker – is it really oaked? And what’s with the standard 5% ABV? Aren’t Oktoberfest/Marzens typically a bit stronger, what with the approaching cold weather, and all? This 16oz can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and …
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Check out this Bourboned-up dark ale, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/big-rock-bourbon-barrel-dark-amber/
Big Rock has released this dark amber ale (um, Trad, anyone?), which was aged for 9 months in ‘single trip’ Bourbon barrels, is what I get from the somewhat confusing marketing blurb on the back label. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, very dark red-brick tinted brown colour, with one skinny finger of puffy, finely …
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Check some IPA goodness, in the Beer Diaries Gluten-Free Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/ground-breaker-ipa-no-5/
Here we have another offering from Portland’s Ground Breaker Brewing, and once again, it’s made with 100% gluten-free ingredients, as well as the Santiam hop, which is a new one for me. This 22oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which …
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An American made witbier, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/knee-deep-wet-wittee/
A proclaimed Belgian-style white ale, sure, but I presume by the label imagery that this will be a more American-style, hopped to the nuts witbier? This 22oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a few swaths of approaching …
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Take some old-school German brew, and fruit it right up, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/burnside-lime-kolsch/
Portland, Oregon’s Burnside Brewing makes this summertime favourite, with, wow, a whole lotta limes! They also toss in some kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, just for fun! This 22oz bottle pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit …
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Some single-hop goodness from Edmonton's Alley Kat, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/alley-kat-cerulean-dragon-double-ipa/
Alley Kat’s Cerulean Dragon is the latest in the Dragon Series of single (mostly) hopped double IPAs, this time made with the Calypso varietal. It sure is nice to see a new beer that isn’t some form of a bloody sour! And yes, cerulean is indeed a shade of blue. This 650ml bottle pours a …
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