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Beer-tasting event a hit

Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Beer-tasting event a hit
Kyle Baines, at right, guides the tasting of six craft beers from Alberta breweries at KBPV’s Beers to You event. Jim Peace, rear, provided musical entertainment.   Photo by Arianna Korbett

Beer-tasting event a hit

By Arianna Korbett

Beer enthusiasts had an opportunity to sample Alberta beers, barbecued cuisine, live music and perfect summer weather at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village’s first Beers to You event, held July 22.

About 90 people enjoyed an evening on the newly finished patio outside the museum’s Garden Cafe. Kyle Baines of Andrew Hilton Wine and Spirits in Lethbridge guided the beer tasting while Jim Peace provided live musical entertainment.

The tasting featured six Alberta craft beers, including picks from Wild Rose Brewery of Calgary and Blindman Brewing of Lacombe. They ranged from light, fruity beers, which many people seemed to enjoy, to hoppy India pale ales enjoyed by a select few.

While people enjoyed their samples, Kyle provided background information about each brewery and beer.

Pulled pork and beef sliders, stuffed jalepenos and seafood mac ’n’ cheese, served up by Kevin Turner, went hand-in-hand with the varieties of beer and the summer weather.

Following the tasting, Bob Westrop led a live auction of treasures from the museum’s gift shop and three steak dinners for 10. Proceeds from the drinks, food and auction go toward the cost of constructing the deck and the upcoming Hudson’s Bay building and exhibit.

Thanks to the hard work of museum staff and volunteers, the event ran smoothly and was enjoyable for everyone attending. The possibility of it becoming an annual community event is in the books.

The museum had previously held two scotch whisky tastings, also led by Andrew Hilton Wine and Spirits, and plans to host a wine tasting this fall.

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