The Oak Room at the Fairmont Palliser is celebrating its centennial with a custom brew from Wild Rose Brewery.
Calgarians’ love for microbrews is showing no signs of slowing down. Aside from being able to sampling small batch beers from other parts of North America, it’s always interesting to discover some different drafts that are exclusive to certain local watering holes. Here are six to get you started.
Beer Revolution Peach Fuzz Ale
This microbrew-heavy establishment rotates through many taps throughout the year, but its signature Peach Fuzz Ale is always at the top of the list (literally). It’s garnished with a slice of peach and has a touch of sweetness – a refreshing and likable ale for most palates and perfect for a sunny summer day.
(1080 8 St. S.W., 403-264-2739, beerrevolution.ca, @revolutionyyc)
Craft Beer Market Stiegl Radler Zitrone
Steigl Radler is a popular German beer with its grapefruitiness and low alcohol percentage. The Zitrone brew, a blend of Stiegl Goldbrau and Gaudi lemonade, is a fresh, lemon-y take on this kind of fruit beer which pairs perfectly with sunshine. In Canada, it is exclusive to Craft Beer Market.
(345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337, craftbeermarket.ca, @craftbeermarket)
Libertine Public House Problem Solver Wheat Ale
Embracing all things summer and sunshine, the team at Libertine have its own special draft, created in conjunction with Wild Rose Brewery, called Problem Solver. Whether or not it’ll actually solve all of your problems is still to be determined, but there is a guaranteed moment of relaxation (and refreshment) that comes with drinking a big, bold, citrus-y pint like this one on the Stephen Avenue patio.
(223 8 Ave. S.W., 403-365-3665, thelibertine.ca, @libertinepublic)
The Oak Room‘s Centennial Pale Ale
As the Fairmont Palliser turns 100 years old this month, the classic lounge, The Oak Room, is celebrating by pouring a pale, English-style ale that it helped concoct with Wild Rose Brewery. A bit more hoppy, malty and bitter than the usual pale ale you’ll find these days, the flavour profile is an homage to the style of beer people would have been drinking 100 years ago.
(133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234, fairmont.com/palliser-calgary, @fairmont_pal)
Oak Tree Tavern Oak Tree Lager
The patio here is definitely the best and sunniest in Kensington, if not one of the best spots to soak up the sun in the entire city. And where there’s sun comes thirst, which at Oak Tree can be quenched with its namesake lager – a simple and thirst-quenching beer that goes down easily.
(124 10 St. S.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.com, @oaktreetavern)
The Ship and Anchor Barnacle Pilsner
There is no shortage of brews to try at this 17th Avenue institution, but if you like a straightforward, effervescent pilsner, than this beer brewed exclusively for the Ship by Village Brewery is for you.
(534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com, @ship_and_anchor)