Alberta’s top court dismisses beer battle appeal, province won’t have to repay brewers

Alberta’s top court is dismissing the province’s appeal of a ruling that disallowed a program intended to promote sales of local craft beers. But the Court of Appeal tossed out an earlier judgment that granted two out-of-province brewers more than…

Alberta Open Farm Days to feature its own craft beer this year

A province-wide, two-day event that allows Albertans to experience life on a farm and learn more about where their food comes from will feature its own craft beer this year. In an effort to showcase local ingredients like malt barley,…

Calgary’s Big Rock Brewery eliminating jobs as part of ‘immediate cost-cutting measures’

As part of “significant cost-cutting measures,” one of Calgary’s biggest and most well-known breweries will be reducing its workforce. Big Rock Brewery said in a news release on Wednesday that steps were being taken to deal with “the persistent regulatory…

Wild Rose Brewing to be acquired by Sleeman

A staple of Alberta’s beer industry is soon to be acquired by one of the largest brewers in the country. Shareholders of Wild Rose Brewing, based in Calgary, voted on Thursday to approve a sale to Sleeman Breweries Ltd. READ…

Alberta’s craft beer market growing despite trade challenges

It’s no secret many Albertans love their beer. It can be seen this weekend as thousands of Calgarians make their way down to the BMO convention centre for the Calgary International Beerfest. The festival features beer from over 200 breweries…

Beer battle brewing: Alberta launches trade challenge against Ontario over access to liquor stores

The Alberta government is opening a new front in the Canadian beer war by targeting Ontario for what it says are its unfair trade barriers to Alberta suds and other alcoholic products. READ MORE: Alberta files notice of appeal after June…

Alberta craft brewers celebrate fast-growing industry

A collaborative approach to business is helping spur growth in Alberta’s craft brewing industry, according to the Alberta Small Brewers Association (ASBA). “Everybody really tries to raise each other up,” Lauren Reid, an official with the ASBA, said Saturday on…