May 16, 2017
There’s no denying that craft beer has exploded in popularity over the past five years. There are thousands of different kinds from across the globe, but luckily you can find many of them right here in Calgary. Co-op Wine Spirits Beer sell roughly 800 variations in their largest store!
“Craft beer has never had more to offer than it does today,” says Melissa Rizzuto, Beer Manager at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. “The movement to support local across the food industry has driven people to support smaller, more craftier breweries as well as challenge people in the idea that wine isn’t the only drink you can pair with a tasty meal. With Alberta being a private market, we have access to almost anything. So if someone is travelling around the globe and has an amazing beer experience, there is now a really good chance they can walk into our store and potentially find it!”
The name ‘craft beer’ means the product comes from a microbrewery, which produces small amounts of beer and is independently owned. There are many types of craft beers such as lagers, ales, pilsners, and porters - here are five that all beer lovers must try.
Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 – Iceland
This rich, intense and bold Icelandic stout is named after a brave heroine from one of Iceland’s most popular folktales. Garún Nr.19 is considered an Imperial Stout, which is a strong, dark beer that has a high alcohol content. The stout pours an opaque black colour with a creamy, frothy head. It has distinct notes of chocolate, licorice and coffee, making it an ideal winter ale.
Pilsner Urquell - Czech Republic
Pilsner Urquell is a Czech lager with historic roots. It’s actually the world’s first-ever pilsner blond lager that has inspired much of the beer produced today, many of which are named pils, pilsner and pilsener. Nine out of ten beers produced and consumed in the world are derived from the original Pilsner that’s recipe dates back to 1848!
Trappist Rochefort 10 – Germany
Rochefort 10 was developed in the late 1940s and appears on virtually every list of the world's finest beers. It’s produced in the Rochefort Brewery in Belgium, where monetary monks have been brewing three of its Trappist beers since the sixteenth century. The Rochefort 10 is dark in colour with strong plum, raisin, and black currant aromas. In 2016 beer lovers gave it 100 points on Ratebeer.com.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – United States
You’ll probably recognize the iconic green label for Sierra Nevada’s hugely popular Pale Ale. It’s the second best-selling craft beer in the United States and appeals to all types of beer drinkers, scoring an impressive 91 on Beer Advocate after nearly 11,000 reviews.
SNVP has a unique pine and grapefruit aroma that comes from the use of whole-cone American hops, and is billed as ‘all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold’. The brewery has a nearly zero-carbon footprint and was named "Green Business of the Year" by the United States Environmental Agency in 2010.
Hitachino White Ale - Japan
This White Ale is one of Hitachino’s top-selling beers in Japan and the U.S. The perfect beer for a hot summer’s day, it’s refreshing and mildly hopped with a complex flavor of coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. The award-winning White Ale has won gold medals at several beer competitions in the U.K. and U.S.
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