Despite the long-held misconception by many people more accustomed to Budweiser being representative of American beer, the craft beer scene south of the border is really far ahead of what’s going on in Canada.
We’re catching up, but there is lots to be envious about.
In a lot of ways, though, we don’t know what we’re missing, because there is so much that isn’t available here.
Case in point is San Diego’s Stone Brewing Co. This award-winning brewery, the largest craft operation in southern California, is just now being released in Alberta and B.C.
Wholesaler Horizon Beers, which recently brought Colorado-brewed New Belgium beers to Alberta, has partnered with Stone Brewing to bring six year-round brews, plus seasonal releases to stores, bars and restaurants starting Monday, Oct, 20.
“It’s awesome to be able to bring Stone beer to many of our long-awaiting Canadian fans,” said Stone Vice President of Sales Todd Karnig.
“We chose Horizon Beers because they believe in providing craft beer fans with quality beers at the peak of freshness—something that is extremely important to Stone.
“Canadians are ready for Stone, and we feel privileged to contribute to the country’s prospering craft beer scene.”
In honour of the occasion, Stone, Horizon and Craft Beer Market in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver have teamed up for special launch parties next week, featuring up to 15 Stone beers on tap. They have been giving away tickets through their Twitter pages. Keep checking for your chance to win.
In addition, there will be events at other top beer spots in all three cities, including National in Calgary, MKT in Edmonton and Biercraft Bistro in Vancouver, plus several others.
For a full listing of events surrounding the Stone launch in Alberta and B.C., check the Stone Brewing Co. website.