Alberta’s Craft Beer movement may just be in its infancy compared to BC and Ontario but there are still some good stories to tell of the history of beer in the province as well as what is happening currently in the province.
I would highly recommend checking out this film “Aleberta – Our Beer History”. The film is broken into three distinct parts that tell the beginning middle and present of the beer scene in the province. Here in BC we have been blessed with a crazy Craft Beer Revolution of sorts that has brought us to over 100 breweries from a much much smaller number even five years ago. With the changes in laws in the province small breweries even nano breweries can flourish now. Albertan’s could be in for a crazy ride if the economy of the province does not derail their own craft beer renascence.
Part one of the film is called Beer Pioneers and covers the time between 1884 and 1984. This was the wild west of Alberta beer to be sure!
The next portion of the film is called The Rise of Craft. This portion of the film covers the early 80’s, 90’s and runs into the 2000’s which includes the birth of Big Rock Brewing and the battle with post prohibition laws (something that people in BC know to much about).
Part three of the film is called The Micro Explosion starts with the change of one law in 2013 that turned the tides for craft beer in Alberta. Finally it was legal to start a small brewery!
I really recommend this film to anyone that is interested in craft beer. No matter if you live in Alberta or not. If you live in a place that has worse laws maybe it could inspire you to lobby your government.
If nothing else it is a well executed and well researched peace and tells some history of Alberta beer that was almost lost!
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I have always loved a good Black and Tan when out at a pub but had never thought to make one at home as it takes some skill to pour a perfect black and tan.
I guess I should actually explain what a black and tan is for the people that do not know. A black and tan is typically a Lager or lighter ale poured carefully with a stout to make a multiple layer beer. The Perfect Black and Tan device makes pouring a black and tan easy. The only real difficult part is making sure you know what beer is more dense than the other as it will sink to the bottom if poured on top. Do a small scale test of the two beers you want to drink before going for the full glass as to not waste your beer and time.
My first try pouring I did not do a test even though I thought I should.
You can find great instructions on layering beer at The Perfect Black and Tan website. But the basics are to pour the more dense beer into the glass to the half way point. After you have done that you up the Perfect Black and Tan device on top of your cup. Now you are to pour the second beer slowly as it takes a little longer for the beer to pour through the small holes in the device. If you have picked the correct order of the beer then this device will work amazingly well.
Here is my review of my first black and tan.
Sadly the Pale Ale that I picked for this test was much darker than I expected as I had never had it before so it is not as striking and drastic as it could be. Still you can really get an idea of what this device can really do.
The price of the Perfect Black and Tan is quite low and for how well it works I would recommend anyone that enjoys a black and tan or anyone that likes to experiment buy one.
Top purchase your own Perfect Black and Tan device you have a few different options.
Here are my full sized photos.
The first option is directly from their website.
The Perfect Black and Tan Store
In the United States you can get it from Amazon.com
In Canada you can get it from Amazon.ca