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What’s on Tap? – Community, Creativity & Craft at Inner City Brewing


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Located in the heart of Calgary’s colorful Beltline district, Inner City Brewing recently celebrated two years of bringing great brews and good times to Calgary’s downtown!  

Originally founded by 5 friends in 2018 with just 8 beers on tap, it has been a busy two years of innovation and expansion for Inner City. The brewery now features a combination of 20 core and rotating taps available year round, and has brewed over 60 beers in total – an unprecedented number in such a short amount of time. The taproom also includes a full service kitchen with a high-quality comfort food menu (check out the nacho in a bag!). 

Inner City Brewing celebrates the life of the city through the creation of brews that are as unique and exciting as the city itself. “We love the vibrancy and the connections,” says Doug Hamilton, co-founder and CEO of Inner City Brewing, “it’s all the weird and wonderful interactions that make the inner city.” 

Each Inner City can is dedicated to a specific destination around the world, using artistic map renderings to highlight the area of inspiration for each beer and style. “No map or intersection is exactly alike,” says Doug, “and neither are our beers.” The colorful artistry of Inner City products makes them easy to spot on the liquor store shelf lineup, with unique designs such as “Bridgelandia”, a core beer featuring a map of Calgary, and “Brickworks”, an English Dark Mild Ale that features the map of Manchester, UK. 

Located in a restored 1940’s building on 11 Ave’s 800 block, Inner City’s clean industrial taproom is built of concrete and steel, with massive bay windows that flood the space with Alberta sunshine all year round. 

Visitors can watch the hustle of 11th from the patio or peer into the massive on-site brewery adjacent to the taproom, where Inner City Head Brewer Eli Horne is constantly working on the next best thing. With 20 taps featuring everything from crisp lagers to oatmeal stouts, Inner City shares their love of craft beer with the community by brewing something for everyone. “Beer is much more versatile in flavor and variety than people realize,” says Doug, “especially with our main brewery and pilot brewery systems, the sky’s the limit.”  

The Inner City taproom is home to two custom-built infusion towers that produce unique small-batch brews for fun, one-night-only features. As the only build of their kind in Canada, the infusion taps let the Inner City imagination run wild – exploring coffee, cocoa, fruit and tea infusions, and brewing everything from bacon to bubblegum beers as one-off specialties. “It’s awesome,” laughs Doug, “we just like to push our creativity and have fun with it.” 

The taproom keeps the fun going by pairing their unique beers with live music events like the Big Winter Classic, brewery tours, trivia nights, brewery yoga, and so much more. As an active member of the Beltline community, Inner City is always keeping up with community events, most recently participating in the YYC BUMP fest in celebration and support of local and Canadian artists. With these weekly events, their rotating taps and their infusers producing one-night-only brews, “No experience in the tap room is quite the same as the last,” says Doug, “we encourage people to come down regularly to see and experience what our team has been up to.” 

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Kenney touts 'Alberta is back' in first speech to Calgary Chamber since 2019

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CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney used his first address to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce since the start of the pandemic to tout the recovery of Alberta’s economy amid high energy prices.

Saying that ‘Alberta is back’, he noted that in the first quarter next year the provincial GDP is expected to finally surpass the level it was in 2014 before a crash in oil prices pushed the province into recession.

He says that is a sharp turnaround from the early days of the pandemic when unemployment hit 25 per cent and for close to 10 weeks the province was unable to sell an Alberta government bond.

Kenney says the recovery has been helped by an increase in demand for oil and gas, but argues that it’s not part of a roller-coaster in commodities because rising prices show the continued importance of energy.

He used the address to emphasize his United Conservative government’s strategy of low taxes to attract investment, noting that the province accelerated its corporate tax cut to make it the lowest in Canada.

Kenney also says his government is focused on attracting more people to the province to boost its labour pool through initiatives like rapid certification programs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2021.

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Alberta government passes rules on election dates, financing as fall sitting wraps up

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EDMONTON — The Alberta government has wrapped up its fall sitting, with Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives debating long into the night to pass an election financing bill.

The bill makes multiple changes, including placing a cap on contributions to party nominees and setting a fixed election date in late May.

But critics, including the Opposition NDP and some UCP backbenchers, say the legislation opens the door to wealthy donors bulk-buying memberships — a threat that would allow big money to tip the scales in internal party contests.

NDP critic Thomas Dang says the move props up an embattled Kenney as he faces unrest in the party’s ranks and a leadership review in the spring.

Government House Leader Jason Nixon dismissed the criticism, saying governments should not dictate how political parties or private clubs conduct internal affairs.

Nixon says UCP bylaws make it clear that people can only buy memberships for themselves or for spouses and young family members.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2021.

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