CALGARY, AB – The newest location of Alberta liquor store chain Wine & Beyond is set to open later this week in Calgary’s Sage Hill neighbourhood, and will feature one of the largest and most unique growler bars in the province.
Curated by Zach Wiskar – former sales rep for Ribstone Creek and longtime supporter of Alberta’s craft brewing scene – with help from Dani Killam and Rob Singleton, the bar’s 24 taps will feature beers from Alberta breweries that are almost entirely exclusive to the store, with many of them co-brewed by Wiskar.
“Save their own tap rooms and perhaps the odd off-premise location,” says Wiskar, “these beers are all staying either in-house or at other locations within the Wine & Beyond/Liquor Depot brand.”
In addition to the exclusive brews, the bar includes such top-of-the-line features as “a short-draw CO2 fed system with 4 PeGas fillers and a crowler machine,” making it one of the highlight attractions at the 20,000+ square foot store.
Wiskar also notes that the store’s selection of packaged beer will be the largest in Canada, and will soon include a “Cellar Selections” display that “will focus on beers that age well, many that have been pre-aged and are fit for home cellaring such as oude gueze, barleywines, barrel-aged stouts and wild beers.”