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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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YEG's latest brewery goes Belgian, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/bent-stick-dark-farm/
Edmonton’s newest nano (micro – who’s counting?) brewery has just released another round of new Saison-style offerings, including this – a purported ‘darkish table strength Farmhouse ale’. This 650ml bottle pours a hazy (I think) very dark brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy tan head, which leaves a bit …
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A somewhat unfamiliar Old-World style, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/the-dandy-une-vieille-maitresse-grisette/
Calgary’s (The) Dandy Brewing have released a sub-genre of the Farmhouse ale style, whose name literally means ‘an old mistress’, and may also be a reference to the film ‘The Last Mistress’ – ah, qui sait? At any rate, this 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely …
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A cheeky marketing gamble, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/big-rock-last-best-collaboration-brew-2/
The second collaboration that Big Rock has done with fellow Calgary brewers Last Best, and again sporting just a plain white label, obviously meant for after market commentary, since there is no indication as to the intended style. This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, …
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A complex tart and fruity ale, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/new-belgium-lips-of-faith-tart-lychee/
Tart Lychee is part of the Lips of Faith series, and is composed of wood-aged sour ale blended with a new ale made with lychee fruit and cinnamon. I never thought of lychee as potentially being tart, but what do I know? This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers …
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A lot of new Albertan brews, and not a lotta time, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/king-of-springs-kings-pilsner/
Yet another souvenir from the liquor store in Didsbury that handles this nascent Alberta brewery’s mid-week off-sales. They are all about royalty, aren’t they? This 946ml ‘howler’ pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some layered disintegrating ice shelf …
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A clear hefeweizen?  We got the goods, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/sound-sommerweizen/
Sommerweizen (‘summer wheat’ in German) is Sound Brewery’s current seasonal offering, and is made in the Kristallweizen style, which is a clear version of a hefeweizen. This 22oz bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually rather creamy dirty white head, which leaves some …
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More traditional Canuckian brew, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/king-of-springs-golden-ray-cream-ale/
Another pre-filled ‘howler’ from the Cork & Crate liquor store in Didsbury that allows the brewer here to maintain his day job in Cowtown, apparently. Why am I reminded of Ray Gillette from the Archer TV series? This 946ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and …
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Avast, ye mateys, and look despairingly on this, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/lighthouse-broadside-northwest-ale/
Broadside Northwest Ale is another nautical-themed offering from Victoria, BC’s Lighthouse Brewing, and is apparently one of their current summer seasonals. This 355ml can pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse island group lace around the glass as it quickly …
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The Canadian honey ale is revived, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/king-of-springs-fusion-honey-ale/
A pre-packaged howler from the liquor store in Didsbury that acts as this part-time brewery’s off-sales agent. I gotta ask beforehand – what’s the deal with the ‘fusion’ here? Do they just mean adding something (as in providing an adjunct) such as honey to a base ale? This 946ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale …
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An old-school brew, made at the New School, in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/olds-college-heiferweizen/
Produced by the commercial arm of the Olds College Teaching Brewery, this is a great name for a beer of this style coming out of a farming community, I gotta say. This 650ml bottle pours a cloudy, murky medium golden yellow colour, with two svelte fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, …
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Do you take it mit Schuss, or ohne Schuss, in the Beer Diaries Summer Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/troubled-monk-berliner-style-weisse/
A seasonal release, available only at the brewery’s taproom, where the chalkboard denotes this as a ‘Berliner Vice-ah’, apparently due to the, er, evolving beer culture in Red Deer. It also comes with a 60ml bottle of craft raspberry syrup, to be addressed later. This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with …
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Not all IPAs are created equal, as evidenced in the Beer Diaries Local Heroes Guide:

http://thebeerdiaries.tv/beer-review/co-op-classic-india-pale-ale-big-rock-brewery/
Big Rock makes this, and a few other similar contract offerings for the Co-op chain of liquor stores in Calgary and the surrounding area. So – what the hell does ‘batch brewed’ even mean? Are there other ways of doing it? This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers …
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