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Brewfest 2019

By Jarvis Schmidt

Craft beer is exploding in Alberta.  A few short years ago, the first microbreweries were popping up and trying to make it work in a market that didn’t really know what they were offering.  Now in 2019 things are expanding at breakneck speed and it would be tough to even visit every brewer in Calgary.  

To make this experience easier for you - whether you love your beer or would like to dip your toes into the craft beer universe, Capitol Hill is hosting our first brew festival, providing a family-friendly event for people to try out some of the province’s best beer.  

More details and purchasing tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, in the meantime, please read ahead for what Brewfest 2019 will have to offer. (Details are subject to change in unforeseen events)

Introducing our brewers who will be providing at this years event:


These guys hail from Lacombe, 25km north of Red Deer, and are always on the cutting edge of new popular styles. They believe in supporting the places they live and in the people that live there, by sourcing their products locally.

My favourite beer from them is their New England Pale Ale, which is a great style that is full of citrus and hoppy notes.



The legend goes something like this: three high school friends reunite bringing their outside knowledge of chemistry, cooking and education, and join forces with a business expert. After building and nurturing their idea, The Dandy Brewing Company was born as a fully fledged company in January 2014.

Every time you walk into their tap room in Renfrew, there is always a style you haven’t heard from. They pride themselves on being unique, and do a great job at it.  Every summer I look forward to their sub-4% India Session Ale, the Cosmic Dancer.


While this brewery doesn’t appear intent on pushing the boundaries, they instead focus on a high-quality, consistent product.  And it works.  

Last summer, I took many cans of Plainsbreaker as I could - a perfect accompaniment for a trip to the cottage, as there’s nothing like a pleasant, slightly hoppy wheat beer, that can appeal to almost everyone.  

An aromatic, style bending approach to the pale ale. The PlainsBreaker is bursting with late addition hops, boasting a huge tropical flavour and aroma. Well balanced, interesting and very approachable, this beer is for every adventure.


A relative newcomer onto the scene, they have been able to impress with their ability to make craft beer lovers reach for their classic styles.  Founded in 2016 by two friends, Freehold sought to encapsulate friendship and conversation, over good food and beer.

They aim to bring pride to the province of Alberta and start the conversation #albertabychoice?

Freehold is founded on the thought that Albertans choose to carve their own way. A choice made because there is a finally a place that reflects an internal resiliency and the celebration of earnest hard work. Every Albertan in their own way is in their own pursuit of building a better place. A simple question, “How do we tip our caps to this place?”, to remind us of the importance of this question.

My favourite recommendation is their Big Chutes, a beer that is rich in body and full of flavour.


I hope this has piqued your interest and look forward to welcoming you, your family (minors are welcome!) and friends to our first ever Brewfest at Capitol Hill. Until then, I leave you with this quote from Canadian essayist and professor Hugh Hood:

“Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”


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Welcome To Capitol Hill Community!
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Welcome To Capitol Hill

from Jessica Lajoie, President of CHCA

by Jessica Lajoie.

Welcome. It’s a simple word that we use every day, but what does it mean to live in a community that is welcoming? Or to feel welcome in a given space or place? Obviously, this answer varies from person to person and is hard to describe, but most of us know it when it we see it. Or, more accurately, feel it.


I remember being new to Capitol Hill and sending an eager email to the Community Association to inquire about how to get a membership and become involved. My email went unanswered and I felt ignored. Not long after, I met one of my neighbours while our children played at the park. We both wanted to be more engaged with the CA but didn’t feel our presence was welcome. With some effort and help we eventually worked our way onto the board, however, that first impression always stayed with me. What community organization doesn’t embrace new volunteers?


My hope is that anyone reaching out to the CHCA today (or even just reading our website!) will have a very different experience. Not only will you be acknowledged, but you will find people who are welcoming of the ideas and energy you want to share. Being open to meeting new people and supporting new events are two ways our community association radiates “WELCOME!” There are also some tangible areas everyone can influence to make our neighbourhood more welcoming:


Accessibility: A couple years ago we undertook substantial renovations to the community centre, including improving access for people with mobility aids. There are still further improvements needed, but we are aware and working towards solutions. We can all do our part by keeping the sidewalks in front of our home and businesses clear of snow and ice.


Inclusion: Capitol Hill is home for many diverse people with different needs and ability to access housing. Working with both public and private developers to create a variety of housing options means that we can welcome more people into our neighbourhood. Our neighbourhood has many wonderful amenities to share and more people can support more services, benefiting everyone.

Public Spaces: Walking through our neighbourhood can provide examples of both welcoming and hostile public spaces. The mature trees everywhere are one of my favourite things about living in an older, established neighbourhood. However I find the sound walls along 14th street to be necessary, yet wholly uninspiring, pieces of infrastructure. Nothing changes overnight, but as a community we can project a clear vision of how we want to shape our public spaces and make improvements when opportunities arise.


Moving Around: It is vital for the residents and visitors of Capitol Hill to feel safe in order to feel welcome. The Community Association can be a hub and a conduit for voicing concerns and delivering messages about safety, in particular related to traffic. Whether travelling by foot, wheelchair, scooter, bus, bike, car or truck, we all have a role to play in navigating our neighbourhood safely and ensuring everyone feels welcome to use their chosen mode of transit.

The CHCA vision for Capitol Hill is to be “a connected, walkable place that is safe and welcoming.” I look forward to seeing the community grow towards this future and meeting many new friends along the way. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity with the community association, please reach out! And remember to show your support by buying and maintaining your membership!