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The sexiest title we’ve ever had.

I recently had the opportunity to try out Calgary’s CRAFT Beer Market for a Sunday brunch.  It seemed like a great idea – take the family out for a meal…while I got to take down a few beers before 11:00am.  Solid plan.  I had been to CRAFT several times before at night, when the place is packed with a wide variety of beer aficionados, and I was looking forward to seeing it in the light of day.  Their selection is fairly impressive, with options ranging from frat boy favourite lagers to slow-sipping, sexy craft beers.

While perusing the huge beer menu, I chatted with CRAFT’s Cam Carter, who was very helpful and more than happy to hang out and chat about the craft beers on tap.  Upon his recommendation, I made a move for the Deschutes IPA, which provided an aroma of gentle citrus hops paired with sweet maltiness.  A solid dose of crystal malt flavour was balanced extremely well by the pronounced bitterness, making for a very drinkable, full-bodied IPA – a good start to my morning.  My wife opted for the Pyramid Apricot ale, as she’s much more into the fruit beers.  This proved to be a pretty decent fruit beer – big apricot in the aroma and taste, with a mildly sweet finish that was still rather quaffable…impressive, as I dislike overly sweet fruit beers.

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The apricot ale was a great pairing with my wife’s meal – Avocado Eggs Bennie – as well with the shared order of pancakes that my children devoured.  Actually, I took down some of the huge stack of pancakes, as well…they have to be the best pancakes I’ve ever had!  My own meal – steak and eggs – was great, and it turned out to go surprisingly well with my continued IPA tasting.

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(Shameless father photos of the kiddies…)

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With a ridiculous number of beers on tap, CRAFT Beer Market was a great option for a brew-filled Sunday morning.  Forget Wheaties…this was the breakfast of functionally-alcoholic Champions.  However, a guy can only take down so many drinks in the morning; this calls for a full day of CRAFT exploration – all in the innocent name of research, of course.  Someone order me another beer and call me a cab.

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