Beer Gear-Stampede 101 Edition

Stampede 101 is coming to a close this evening, and with that in mind, check out the beer gear that I found while on the grounds.

photo-12Beer bottle opener belt buckle

This one was found at the Lammle’s merchandise tent on the grounds, located across from Nashville North.  You don’t more convenient than a bottle opener belt buckle for Stampede.  Check out Lammle’s on Stephen Avenue in Calgary, AB for more of these or online at Buckle City.

photo-11 Leather beer holster

This is my absolute favourite find from Stampede 101!  It’s an authentic leather beer holster that came in a variety of colours from The Canada Leathers Collection.  The holsters can be custom ordered and branded.  Celebrate Stampede all year-long with this one!

photo-10Beer bottle night-light

These unique beer bottle night lights are crafted by Rusty Cowgirls and are great for a recreational room or man cave.  Rusty Cowgirls also make a whole ton of other whimsical western accessories from signage to home decor and jewellery.

I would love to hear about other beer related gear you found during Stampede 101!



Beer Scootin’ Boogie-THE places to grab brews during Stampede!

Calgary Stampede 101 is just about to enter its final weekend, and I’ve got some must visit locales to cool you off and satisfy your country music AND beer cravings.  If you think Jack Daniels is the only libation to serve the cowboy in you, think again, because there are enough beer venues here to jam pack the remainder of your stampede weekend.

Vagabond Brewery

If you’ve not been out to the new Vagabond Brewery in Calgary, well now’s the time!  This new craft brew establishment is conveniently located across from the Stampede grounds and the Stampede LRT station.  If you’ve drained your wallet watching one too many rodeos and chuck wagon races, then Vagabond is the perfect place to head this weekend.  Take a seat on the Vagabond patio and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your cool pint of beer.  Two of their brews to try are Vagabond Chuck and Conscription Red.  This is the closest brew pub to the grounds, so whether you’re looking for a quick bite and a beer before or after your day on the grounds, or looking to just sit on a patio, go check out this place!

Alleykat Aprikat-Refreshing summer fruit beer!

Alleykat Aprikat-Refreshing summer fruit beer!

Bottlescrew Bill’s/Buzzards Restaurant

The beer is not the only thing not to miss at Bottlescrew Bill’s/Buzzards this weekend, but they’ve got one of the best nearly non-stop live music lineups with some bands to satisfy even the non-country music fans.  Come check out Bow River, Tim Hus, Shots Fired, Frankie McQueen, Strange Arrangement and The Second String Cowboys out on their huge patio.  This certainly ain’t their first rodeo with about 30 stampedes under their belt, and though a condensed beer list for the 10 days of stampede, there are many to quench your thirst.  Get your hands on a cold Alley Kat Aprikat, a Village Wit, Wild Rose Wraspberry and lots more local and international brews.  For the real cowboy in you, pair a beer with some prairie oysters as part of the 20th Annual Testicle Festival.

Craft Beer Market

This place is no stranger to copious amounts of beer from all over the world, and for Stampede they aren’t just serving up their usual 100 beer on tap, but they have an entire line up of things happening up until the very last day of the festivities.  In celebration of Stampede, Craft Beer Market has a beer garden with all the live music and beer you can handle!  Village Brewery brewed a very special beer for the occasion, and is only available at Craft.  The beer is made for the summer heat and is Prairie Berry Wheat Ale.  Better yet, every $1 from the purchase of a boot of this goes to support the Kid’s Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.  Check out their beer garden with live music from the Rustic Brothers for the final Friday of Stampede from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The last Saturday of Stampede at Craft is their community breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. out on their patio.  Breakfast is first come first served so hurry out to cure the self-induced headache from the evening before.

Enjoying a pint of Village Wit

Enjoying a pint of Village Wit

Nashville North 

This is a Stampede only live country music tent, so there’s just a couple of nights left to enjoy it!  There’s two things that Nashville North promises and that’s great live music and a good time!  The beer selection on the other hand is  certainly not at all as exciting and plentiful  as the first two but is a MUST during Stampede.  The beer is refreshing that’s available; from Bud Light Lime to Budweiser and Bud Light, so may be considered a necessity to hydrate on the scorching hot afternoons left of the celebrations!

-Cheers to the final days of Stampede!

Suds for Floods-Bringing Craft & Community Together


Image created and provided by Big Rock


Memories of the flood shared by attendess

Calgary and surrounding communities were hit hard just two weeks ago by a devastating flood, and the community has been forever impacted and changed.  The destruction of homes, the loss of mementos and even four lives is what we have all been left thinking of.


Attendees rockin’ out to The Dudes

On Wednesday, July 3, Calgary craft breweries and Telus Spark came together for a benefit event, Suds for Floods, with 100% of the proceeds earned going to the Calgary Red Cross. Sentiments shared by many Calgarians is that not only individuals but many organizations are coming together to support those in need from the tragic events that began on June 20.  The strength and generosity of Calgarians has been overwhelming, and Suds for Floods affirmed this with such a successful turnout.  The fundraiser was spearheaded by Big Rock and supported by Brewsters, Brew Brothers, Wild Rose Brewery, Village Brewery and brand spankin’ new brewery Tool Shed Brewing.  Local bands came out to support the cause; Rondel Roberts, Noel Johnson, Napalmpom, and The Dudes.  The city of Calgary is fortunate to have so many community oriented and passionate breweries, and supportive organizers and artists.


The Dudes playing amidst the emotional video and photo compilation

Breweries showcased some of their recent brews, and Village Brewery even gave guests a sneak peak of a new seasonal brew, soon to be released on Monday, July 8 at Blind Monk-Stay tuned for more on this brew!  Tool Shed Brewing, fresh out of Calgary, announced that they will officially be hitting stores and pubs with three beers sometime this month.

A huge shout out and thank you to all breweries for their incredible support and Telus Spark for making the initiative possible!