Sipping Spotlight: Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dot and a Dash is one of those cocktail bars you know you’re going to love just by walking in the door. If you haven’t guessed already, Three Dots is a tiki bar, but it’s not that kitschy kind of tiki bar that your friends drag you to when they are feeling like some…

Wild Fermentation Brings Old Traditions Back to Life

The process of creating beer, wine and spirits that are not only delicious, but non-toxic, is extremely scientific; one step in the wrong direction and you could end up with a skunked batch or even a lethal dose. That’s why there are hundreds of resources outlining the specific needs of a variety of alcohol categories,…

Parallel 49 Releases Brews Brothers Volume 4

If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ll know that it’s right about that time of year when you can expect to see the Parallel 49 collaboration pack hit store shelves. Now in it’s fourth year, the collaboration pack tends to provide a unique take on a number of beer styles, which can be either a…

Craft Beer Drinkers Are Less Diverse Than You Think

Sometimes it can feel like there is a glut of craft beer to try. An overwhelming number of breweries to choose from and an unlimited number of styles to taste. But when you start looking at the overall numbers of what is “popular” things start to become much more narrow. First off, let’s start by…

Odd Spirits: Anty Gin

Gin is usually a pretty safe bet; while distilleries vary on the amount of botanicals used, there is a general consensus of what a gin should ultimately be made of. That has completely been upended with Anty Gin, a product that doesn’t seem to be even possible. Anty Gin is a a joint venture between…

The Secret Health Benefits of Craft Beer

Next time you pour yourself a pint, remember to cheers to your health! We’ve all been told that beer is bad for you, aka drink too much and look out for the dreaded ‘Beer belly”. While excess drinking is obviously not good for you, and beer does contain calories, there are some significant health benefits…

1st Annual Alberta Beer Awards Winners

The 1st annual edition of the Alberta Beer Awards took place earlier this month at the Palace Theatre in Calgary, with the awards also serving as a closing party for the 2nd annual Alberta Craft Brewing Convention. Hosted by the Alberta Small Brewers Association, the inaugural ABAs featured 66 medals in 22 style categories, plus awards for Best of Show…

Guadalajara, A World Class Culinary & Arts Scene

When most people think of traveling to Mexico they think about the typical sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts that line both coasts. While that’s all well and good, there’s an exploding culinary scene happening inland, one that would surprise even the most critical food and cocktail connoisseur.  Quite frankly, Guadalajara is one of the most…

Craft Beer to Officially Welcome Spring!

It may not feel like it, but Spring is just a few days away and it’s only a matter of time before we’re once again enjoying those long summer nights and patio days. Breweries are already gearing up for the warmer weather, with some excellent new additions to their seasonal lineups for Spring time. Here…

Sipping Spotlight: Vancouver’s Bells & Whistles

There’s no shortage of places in Vancouver to enjoy a pint of local beer. Drinkers are spoiled in Vancouver with the wealth of options including cozy or stylish brewery tap rooms, pubs or restaurants that cater the the beer lover. But Bells & Whistles has managed to find a way to stand out from the…

Guinness Alternatives for St. Patrick’s Day

Look I get it, Guinness has cemented itself as THE official beer for St. Patrick’s Day. People love it, and it’s very well deserved, but there are alternatives outside of that classic pint that could also peak your interest should you want something a little different. There are options galore, whether we’re sticking with the…

The Right Serving Temperature for Every Beer

Beer is a lot more temperamental than you may think. The right glass wear, and the right temperature are critical to ensuring you get the most out of your pint. Just like Goldilocks, beer has to be juuuuust right for that perfect pour. Before we jump into what the right temperatures are for which beer…