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Half Pints Canadian Tour..............

Postby Torontoblue » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:08 am

Saw this on the local blog site, http://www.onbeer.org/?p=782 , here in Edmonton:

"Dave Rudge, the owner and Brewmaster of Winnipeg’s Half Pints brewery, is hitting the road at the end of September to do a bit of a promotional tour of the other prairie provinces. He will be hitting five cities to do a bit of beer business and in each city host a public event.

Here is the public itinerary so far:

September 28 – Edmonton Cask Night @ The Sugar Bowl
September 29 – Calgary Beer Tasting @ Kawa
September 30 – Lethbridge Tasting @ the Andrew Hilton store
October 1- Medicine Hat Booth @ Medicine Hat Beer Fest
October 2 – Regina Brewer’s Dinner @ Beer Bros

The quickest of you will have already noticed TWO special things in that list. The first is that Half Pints will be doing a CASK NIGHT at the Sugar Bowl while in Edmonton. Should be fantastic. A little birdie (one that would fit in a 250 ml glass) tells me that it will likely be their Oktoberfest seasonal with a bit of dry hopping. YUM!!

The second is Dave will be at the Medicine Hat beer festival. Huh? This, I must sheepishly admit, was news to me (and my in-laws live there, for heaven’s sake!). It appears to be hosted by the Medicine Hat Lodge and Trackside Liquor Store (whom I posted about here), and is promising 50 different breweries with NO crap beer). I am not sure I can be in the Hat that weekend, but I would love a report about it from someone.

I realize the schedule has no times yet, but call the local event location and they will be able to tell you. Or I may get around to telling you if you bug me enough. In all likelihood Edmonton’s will be at 5:00.

In other Half Pints news, the latest Phil’s Pils is out and available in Winnipeg and (I think) in Alberta as well (at least I hope those bottles I saw on the shelves the other day are the new batch…). Also, the Humulus Ludicrous is being released on September 15, same day as the Oktoberfest. Oh to be in Winnipeg that day…"
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Postby Bytowner » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:25 pm

I was out at Half Pints a couple weeks ago while visiting a friend in Winnipeg. Dave was a true gentleman, and generous to boot. Much Little Scrapper was consumed the week I was out and I fell in love with Phil's Pils. Great brewery doing great things.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:35 pm

Very cool. They make great beer. Though I wouldn't exactly cal it a Canadian tour.........more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)
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Postby markaberrant » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:30 pm

SteelbackGuy wrote:more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)


Just the important ones.
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Postby markaberrant » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:30 pm

Also, Dave rules. I have never met a more friendly and passionate brewer.
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Postby Torontoblue » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:19 pm

SteelbackGuy wrote:Very cool. They make great beer. Though I wouldn't exactly cal it a Canadian tour.........more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)


Not everything revolves around Ontario, don't ya know. Now, if Half Pints was available for sale in Ontario, maybe you would have been part of the tour :P
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Postby sprague11 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:21 am

A fantastic brewery. My fiancee doesn't care much for beer but LOVES the Phils Pils. Here's hoping they hit ontario one of these days.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:59 am

markaberrant wrote:
SteelbackGuy wrote:more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)


Just the important ones.



Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:03 pm

Torontoblue wrote:
SteelbackGuy wrote:Very cool. They make great beer. Though I wouldn't exactly cal it a Canadian tour.........more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)


Not everything revolves around Ontario, don't ya know. Now, if Half Pints was available for sale in Ontario, maybe you would have been part of the tour :P



I realize not everything revolves around Ontario. Believe me, I feel the same way about Toronto :)

But having a tour of a couple western provinces and calling it a Canadian tour just seems a bit odd. I can understand why one would decide not to visit Nunavut perhaps, but a Canadian tour should certainly include at least one eastern province, no?

And for the record, thanks to HMH negotiants, half pints is available in Ontario. I've enjoyed many of their beers at Chancey SMith's, and in fact, the burly wine is one of my favourite barleywines ever.
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Postby Torontoblue » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:56 pm

SteelbackGuy wrote:
Torontoblue wrote:
SteelbackGuy wrote:Very cool. They make great beer. Though I wouldn't exactly cal it a Canadian tour.........more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)


Not everything revolves around Ontario, don't ya know. Now, if Half Pints was available for sale in Ontario, maybe you would have been part of the tour :P



I realize not everything revolves around Ontario. Believe me, I feel the same way about Toronto :)

But having a tour of a couple western provinces and calling it a Canadian tour just seems a bit odd. I can understand why one would decide not to visit Nunavut perhaps, but a Canadian tour should certainly include at least one eastern province, no?

And for the record, thanks to HMH negotiants, half pints is available in Ontario. I've enjoyed many of their beers at Chancey SMith's, and in fact, the burly wine is one of my favourite barleywines ever.


Well, to be honest, it isn't Half Pints calling it a Canadian Tour, that was just me trying to garner attention in the subject header.
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Postby Bobbyok » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:33 am

SteelbackGuy wrote:Very cool. They make great beer. Though I wouldn't exactly cal it a Canadian tour.........more like a tour of a couple provinces. :)

Now you know how we feel down here with every Canadian tour that makes it as far east as Montreal or Quebec City. :wink:
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Postby boney » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:13 pm

Just got my tickets for the Calgary event. I don't care what it's called, it looks like an awesome night.

The line up will include.....

BULLDOG AMBER ALE, English Bitter
PHIL’S PILS, Euro Pale Lager
PUNK N’ FEST, Pumpkin Lager
RIGAMAROLE RYE, Barrel Aged Rye Beer
HUMULUS LUDICROUS, Double IPA
$ELLOUT $TOUT, Barrel Aged Stout
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Postby Torontoblue » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:06 pm

boney wrote:Just got my tickets for the Calgary event. I don't care what it's called, it looks like an awesome night.

The line up will include.....

BULLDOG AMBER ALE, English Bitter
PHIL’S PILS, Euro Pale Lager
PUNK N’ FEST, Pumpkin Lager
RIGAMAROLE RYE, Barrel Aged Rye Beer
HUMULUS LUDICROUS, Double IPA
$ELLOUT $TOUT, Barrel Aged Stout


A helluva lot better than what we're getting up in Edmonton, but at least we don't have to pay up front; it's just turn up and drink until the cask is dry. And hopefully this warmish weather holds out for tomorrow too.
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Postby markaberrant » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:06 am

Torontoblue wrote:
boney wrote:Just got my tickets for the Calgary event. I don't care what it's called, it looks like an awesome night.

The line up will include.....

BULLDOG AMBER ALE, English Bitter
PHIL’S PILS, Euro Pale Lager
PUNK N’ FEST, Pumpkin Lager
RIGAMAROLE RYE, Barrel Aged Rye Beer
HUMULUS LUDICROUS, Double IPA
$ELLOUT $TOUT, Barrel Aged Stout


A helluva lot better than what we're getting up in Edmonton, but at least we don't have to pay up front; it's just turn up and drink until the cask is dry. And hopefully this warmish weather holds out for tomorrow too.


Are you kidding me? Dry hopped Half Pints Oktoberfest cask is superb! Dave brought one to Regina last year, and it stands out as one of the best beer experiences in my life.
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Postby Torontoblue » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:08 am

markaberrant wrote:
Torontoblue wrote:
boney wrote:Just got my tickets for the Calgary event. I don't care what it's called, it looks like an awesome night.

The line up will include.....

BULLDOG AMBER ALE, English Bitter
PHIL’S PILS, Euro Pale Lager
PUNK N’ FEST, Pumpkin Lager
RIGAMAROLE RYE, Barrel Aged Rye Beer
HUMULUS LUDICROUS, Double IPA
$ELLOUT $TOUT, Barrel Aged Stout


A helluva lot better than what we're getting up in Edmonton, but at least we don't have to pay up front; it's just turn up and drink until the cask is dry. And hopefully this warmish weather holds out for tomorrow too.


Are you kidding me? Dry hopped Half Pints Oktoberfest cask is superb! Dave brought one to Regina last year, and it stands out as one of the best beer experiences in my life.


I should have said the overall selection. Hey, I'm more than happy that we're even getting a single cask of Half Pints beer. From no cask at all when I moved here, to a monthly (soon to be fortnightly) Alley Kat cask offering at Sugar Bowl and now Half Pints are rolling through. It's all good!!

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