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Hops and Vines - September

It certainly doesn’t feel like Summer any more, but let’s hope for a nice, warm Fall as students and teachers head back to school. In this newsletter we want to let you know about some events in the coming months. We don’t have any Seated Tastings in the Loft scheduled yet, but will publish a newsletter update when we have made those decisions.

In September, we will be visiting On Par Golf for Tastings at two of their special occasions. On Saturday, September 15, from 1:00 – 4:00 for their Grand Opening, sampling Tamarack Jack’s Meads. On Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 – 9:00, Introduction to Golf, sampling Big House Red and White Wines.

From October 11th to 15th, we will be in Kelowna for our Annual Okanagan Wine Tour.

On Saturday, November 3rd, from 7:00 – 10:30 we will join the Parkland Food Bank as a Sponsor of their fundraiser, Corks and Kegs. Tickets are available online at their website. We will, with the help of several vendors, provide samples of wine, beer, and spirits, and there will be appetizers, door prizes, and a Silent and Live Auction.

Craft Corner

Alberta Beer Week is coming together nicely. We already have an number of breweries signed up for this year's festivities. This celebration of Alberta Craft Beer will be held from 1-5 pm on Saturday October 20 and 27. This is great opportunity to sample new products, revisit old favorites and find out more about the breweries. 

Craft Distillery Spotlight
West of the 5th - truly a family affair.

Quality . Family . Comunity
West of the 5th is spear headed by Nathan and Caleb Zdrodowski the two oldest brothers from Shady Lane Estate. Shady Lane Estate is a their families farm and fruit winery located on 158 acres of land 60km off the heart of Alberta. 

West of the 5th has released its first line of Moonshine the beginning of February 2018. Starting with "White Lightning" our straight distilled spirits and "Spiced Shine" our cinnamon and molasses spirit. Nathan and Caleb have big plans for the future with adding to there Moonshine line with more flavours as well as working on different spirits as well.

For more information and recipes visit

In-Store Tastings

September 8th --          Shady Lane Fruit Wines and West of the 5th Spirits

September 14th --        Flor de Cana Rum and Nugan 2nd Pass Shiraz

October 6th --              Two Brewers Single Malt Whisky & Chateau Souverain Wines