UPDATE MARCH 1 2:30pm - Yes, it's cold, and YES, we're still on for the Wild Rose tour!
$17 to me (David R); cash is king, but we can adapt if needed.
That $17 includes the tour, the DSN dollar fee, a half-pint of your choice of beer and a souvenir pint glass to take home - how can you go wrong?
We'll have some dinner afterwards to warm up for the trip home!
Please do your best to make it out; or update your RSVP if you cannot.
Probably best to wear a sweater or sweatshirt, as the brewery is in an old, open-space aircraft hangar, and the really cold weather today, MAY make it a bit nippy - nothing to worry about, but not as warm and cozy as a neighbourhood pub.
Of course, the charisma of your host (that's me!) & friendly DSNers you don't yet know, will warm you up just right to compensate!!!
Don't be a stick-in-the-mud... or -ice as the case may be today - get off the couch, put on yer boots and Do Something New!!! You won't regret it!
There is plenty of parking there, within 100metres of the door! No long walks in the cold!
I'll be there by 5:30 to meet people up to the 6:00 tour; if you'll be a few minutes late, it's fine, but we'll be inside the doors behind the bar.
Remember, cash is king; but we can deal with credit cards in the taproom if needed.
DSN has been to the Wild Rose Brewery several times for its behind-the-scenes tour - and we're going again!
*If you're going Snow Tubing earlier today with DSN, note that the Tubing is outside the city, at Mt Norquay; this event is inside Calgary. The two events are NOT related; although you should have time to return from Norquay to join this one, you may feel tired out - I don't want to see a dozen people fail to show because they're tired - don't take up spots if you're not sure you can make it, please! Rest assured that DSN will definitely come back to the Wild Rose this year (summer's very nice when we can eat outside) for another tour - or two... or three!
WR is a small local brewery (at the Currie Barracks site just off Crowchild Trail) that's made a big impact on the local craft beer scene - some of the best regular beers in town, and special brews now & then which are very nice.
They were slated to move premises to a bigger place in February, but the lease has been extended a year, so we can go several times in 2014!
It's not a big place - the brewery is contained in one warehouse (used to be an aircraft hangar) - but the tour is interesting, and you can learn a lot about how beer is made.
The tour is about 45 minutes long and includes a half-pint of beer to drink and a souvenir glass to take home (I have a cupboard full of them!).
The taproom has a decent food selection at reasonable prices.
We will gather around 5:45, for a 6:00 tour, and stay behind for food & drinks afterwards (optional, but a great way to get to know people better).
COST: the tour is $16 + there's a $1 DSN fee - pay the $17 to me (David R) on arrival, please - cash preferred, cheque if needed, email banking would also work, and if credit card only, we can figure it out somehow.
TIME: arrive at 5:45 so we can meet & greet; we will start the tour at 6:00. If you're getting in a few minutes late, just come & find me behind the bar, on the right side of the back area. I will be watching for latecomers.
It's not a huge place so you won't be too lost!
Note: we will be SURE to do this again - myself or another DSN organizer - so don't fret if you're going to miss this one. Just keep an eye on the calendar!