I almost need a seatbelt to strap me in for my beer tasting at Cabin Brewing Company, another craft brewery in southeast Calgary. That’s because for my flight of four small brews, the weakest I choose weighs in at 6% alcohol.
Call me a cheap drunk, but I am drawn to beers with lots of character, complexity and depth. That often seems to equate to a higher alcohol content. Whatever.
Put it this way. At the other end of the scale is the fabulous Lost & Won Wee Heavy, a Scotch ale that came in at a knee-staggering 10%. True to the tasting note, it is “rich, complex, malty, with notes of toffee and caramel.”
My second favourite is the full-bodied, Trappist-style Abbot Belgian Dubbel (7.8%), a collaboration with nearby Banded Peak. Third is the Runaway Double IPA (8%), the only brew where I seem to notice the alcohol content.
In the interests of moderate consumption, I don’t finish what’s in my four little glasses. And I extend my stay with an excellent, hand-sized New Zealand steak pie ($8).
In all, Cabin Brewing is another fine stop in southeast Calgary’s burgeoning Barley Belt.
Location An industrial area, just east of Macleod Trail and across the street from Born Colorado Brewing
Ambience A nice, log-cabin feel, complete with a hanging canoe
Food Fine little New Zealand meat pies, warm pretzels and cheese and charcuterie boards
Favourite beer Lost & Won Wee Heavy Scotch ale
Beer availability Cans and growlers onsite and in cans at area liquor stores.
Cabin Brewing Company
505 36 Avenue SE, Calgary
Monday to Thursday 3 pm-9 pm, Friday-Saturday noon-10:30 pm, Sunday noon-6 pm