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Beer 101: What is Malt?

Have you ever looked at a pint of beer and wondered, how did the beer get to be that color? 

The answer is Malt. What exactly is malt? It’s short for malted grain. When it comes to brewing beer, all kinds of grain can be used to produce different results. Brewers typically use rye, oats, rice, corn, and barley. Barley being the most common malt of all. Each of these malts will change the flavor, mouthfeel, and sweetness of the beer. However, it’s most important job is to color the beer. 

Malt is made by taking the grain of choice, spreading it out over a wide area, and slowly soaking it for about a month and a half. By soaking the grain, it allows it to germinate, which is just a fancy term for growing. Malt producers stop the germination process by blasting the grain with some heat or roasting it. 

This is where things start to get interesting.

The color of the beer depends on how much you roast the malt. When malt is roasted for a short period of time, you will get a pale ale or lager, depending on what kind of yeast is used. These kinds of malts can be found in beers like the Rebellion Lentil Cream, Nokomis Golden Ale, and District Pilsner. 

When the malt is roasted for a bit longer, the beer turns more golden because it starts to extract the color from the gain. At this point, beer will go from golden in color to more of an amber or red-like color. The Rebellion Amber Ale, Cannery Brewing Anarchist, and Parallel 49 Salty Scott would use these kinds of malts. 

The longer malt is roasted, the darker the color they’ll produce. After the amber stage, malt will start to give more of a brown color like the Nokomis Brown Ale or the Fernie First Trax before turning into a dark beer like the Black Bridge Milk Stout or the Pile O’ Bones Peanut Butter Milk Stout.

You could say that malt is a really important ingredient in beer. In fact, most of the world’s malt is produced to make beer. However, malt is also a key ingredient in whiskey too. Between beer and whiskey, their ingredients are quite similar and that's why some people say that whiskey is just a grown-up version of beer.

So, cheers to malt! Without it, all of our favorite pints would just look like sparkling water. 

What's your favorite color of beer? Light, amber, brown or dark? 

Happy Resolutions: New Year, Better Us

Every year as the calendar turns to January, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. Here at Happy Hour, we’re no different.

In 2018, we want to make your experience at our store even better. That’s not to say that we think we’ve done a poor job since opening our doors in May. Your feedback, both online and in person has been tremendous. We truly thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for all the kind words. That being said, we know we can still do better and that will only mean bigger and better things for you going forward.

I wanted to write this not only to let you know what we have planned for the next 365 days but so we can also be held accountable and make sure that we follow through on our promises to you this year.

So, without further adieu, here’s what you can look forward to in 2018.

1. Keeping Things Local

If there’s one thing we love at Happy Hour more than anything else, it’s fantastic locally produced products. Since we’ve opened, we’ve seen our selection of homegrown booze grow and this year, we want to put an even bigger emphasis on those that are doing things right here in our own backyard.

Changes are planned for our craft beer section that will see a massive increase in local selections and our growler station will always remain 100 percent Saskatchewan produced.

While we love our craft beer, we love anything produced in Saskatchewan. We want to make sure that as many of the provinces distilleries and wineries are represented at Happy Hour as well. If there’s any we should know about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram to let us know.

As a locally owned and operated store, we want to support local. We think you want to as well.

2. Stocking Up On Speciality Items (That You Can't Get Anywhere Else)

Outside of our provincial borders, we want to continue to source more stuff that you can’t find anywhere else in the greater-Regina area.

That doesn’t mean that we’re going to start cutting some of your favourites to make room. The staples will always be here, but our goal is to be the go-to specialty store. So, we’re scouring the country and the globe for beer, wine, whisky, rum, gin, vodka, and more. We know competition in this business is growing and we’re willing to put in the work to make sure our selection is top notch.

3. Picking Up The Slack On Online Requests

Along those lines, we know we have to do a better job communicating with you, our valued customer.

One of the big reasons we’ve been able to grow our selection in short order has been thanks to wonderful suggestions and requests from you. We’ve done a decent job handling those requests in person, but we can admit we dropped the ball online. If you’ve ever been on our website, you’d know there’s a section to submit inquiries about special order products. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the systems in place at the time to respond to those requests in a timely manner. That won’t be the case going forward. Whether we can get something in or not, you will hear from us. We know there’s nothing worse than not getting an answer either way.

In store, or online, keep those requests coming and we promise you’ll hear from us.

4. Giving You The Best Customer Service

At Happy Hour, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Whether it’s finding that perfect bottle of wine for a gift, a funky new craft beer to enjoy or the right ingredients for that new cocktail. We want to help you.

This will never stop being our goal now and in the future.

Happy New Year! See you in the store.