Full Article at Edmonton Journal.
EDMONTON - Before I was a wine lover, I was (and still am) a beer lover. I drank a lot of beer while going to university, and while the large commercial breweries dominated the market, a couple of small (at the time) micro breweries (Granville Island and Big Rock) began producing beers that stepped outside the flavour box and introduced many western Canadians to unique, handcrafted brews.
But it wasn't until I went to grad school in the States (the summer class in Europe helped too) that I really got into the craft beer scene. Craft beer producers are united by a philosophy to produce unique, flavourful hand-crafted brews. Small breweries such as Rogue, Pike, Goose Island, Brooklyn, and, a little later, Dogfish Head were providing much soughtafter options to the massproduced generic offerings of brewing giants Miller, Coors & Anheuser-Busch.
Even the giants have forayed into the craft-beer market by either acquisition (Granville Island is now a Molson property and Goose Island part of Anheuser-Busch) or producing faux craft beers.