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Phillips Draught Beer & a Bite at National Beer Hall

I don’t know if you love beer as much as I do, but if you do, let’s be friends.

Beer doesn’t get enough credit, really. It’s just as complex with its brewing methods and flavours as wine {if not more} and its fancy-pants ways, so I think we should be giving it a pat on the back {or, at the very least, a damn good “cheers!”}. Don’t get me wrong – I adore wine and appreciate everything about it. But we’re not talking wine right now. We’re talking beer.

National Beer HallGood beer.

Canadian beer.

Phillips Beer, specifically.

Oysters at National
Last week I had the pleasure of checking out the Phillips Brewing Company’s official draught launch in Alberta, at Calgary’s National Beer Hall on 17th Avenue. We sipped on seven different Phillips beers, snacked on National’s upscale pub grub {I promise you, I could live off of their popcorn}, and chatted with Matt Phillips – the patriarch of Phillips Beer, himself {take my word for it: he’s as delightful and approachable as his beer}.

Phillips Beer Samples
While I have tried a couple Phillips brews in the past {one – Hoperation Tripel Cross – was already on my top favourite beer list before trying out the others}, there were a few new-to-me  flavours that tempted my taste buds at this event.

First up, the Amnesiac Double IPA. If you’re an IPA fan {Me! Me!}, Amnesiac offers a big blow of hoppy flavour and a gorgeous, floral aroma; a taste the brewer describes as, “not for the faint of heart.”

Next, the Hammer Imperial Stout. I don’t even typically like Stouts, but if they’re complex enough in flavour, which the Hammer most definitely is, I’m game for a pint. What makes this beer so unique is that it’s aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, giving the brew a softer, warmer, smokier flavour. Lovely.

Finally, the Analogue 17 Kolsch. This is the ideal easy-drinking beer {read: best enjoyed while basking in the summer sun… which, of course, cannot come soon enough}; it has a well-rounded flavour, with a smooth, crisp mouthfeel and a balanced finish. It’s the perfect choice for people who can’t decide what style of beer is for them.

Now that you’re thirsty, tell me: have you tried Phillips Beer? If so, which one is your go-to brew?

Deep Fried Pickles
National Beer Hall Grub
Bar at National Beer Hall
National Beer Hall Wall

  1. Cara Howlett02-07-13


    Your photos are so beautiful! What lens did you use for this shoot?

    Love your blog!


  2. Stephanie Arsenault02-08-13

    Hi Cara!
    Thanks so much! 🙂 I used a 50mm for this one. It’s my favourite lens!

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