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Beer is back on the menu! We've teamed up with Annex Ale Project to bring their unconventional craft beer straight to your doorstep. WHY ANNEX ALE PROJECT? The Bessie team was introduced to Andew and Erica through our friendship with Euan at Raft Beer Labs. Annex was one of the first to reach out to us after we got our AGLC licensing!  The effects of COVID-19 has hit many local businesses hard. For Annex Ale Project, this meant shutting down twice. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, they transformed their brewery to start producing hand sanitizer for the public. Annex Ale also donates their hand sanitizer to many local charities and organizations in Calgary. They believe in bettering their community while showing genuine care for people and the earth. Their values line up closely with Bessie, creating a symbiotic partnership between the us. Getting through the pandemic has been difficult for many local businesses, but we're seeing many come together to help each other stay afloat. We're happy to be working with Annex Ale Project, making it even easier for Calgarians to shop local by delivering local craft beer and meat right to your door!   UNCONVENTIONAL CRAFT BEERS Annex Ale Project was founded by Andew Bullied and Erica O’Gorman in 2015. They brew unconventional craft beers creating a unique variety in their tap-room. In addition to craft beers they also offer craft sodas, making Annex enjoyable for the entire family. Annex Ale aims to be fearless in their experimentation with their brews and bringing new experiences to the craft beer community. Annex Ale Project strives to be the leaders in the craft brewing community by making tiny changes for the betterment of the people they serve.  Annex Ales makes 15 hectolitres at a time with over 280 hectolitres of cellar space. 1 hectolitre is equal to 100 litres. That's a lot of beer!! They have 4 core beers (try them with your next Bessie Box 😉) and many small batch beers that are constantly changing. Annex Ales loves experimentation, so don't be surprised if you see their seasonal beers sell out quickly and new ones coming out regularly. BESSIE'S ANNEX ALE ADD-ON Your Annex Ale add-on will come with their 4 core beers, exclusive to Calgary and area deliveries only.  Force Majeure | New England IPA 6.9% ABV Juicy, with a pillowy soft mouthfeel: this is the culmination of Annex Ale's experimentation in New England IPAs. Oats provide softness on the palate while Vic Secret, Bru-1, and Cryo Mosaic Hops deliver big notes of mango, passionfruit, and pine resin. Forward Progress | Pale Ale 5.2% ABV An aroma-forward Pale Ale, hopped with Citra and Mosaic varietals. Annex Ale's take on the classic North American Pale Ale, with a hoppy bouquet and a long, harmonious finish: progressive, sessionable, and full of flavour. Metes & Bounds | Extra Pale Ale 6% ABV This extra pale ale walks the boundary between an unmistakably aromatic IPA and a finely balanced Pale Ale. It doesn’t walk alone: peach and apricot hop essence are backed by warm caramel and biscuit malts. Good Authority | Golden Ale 4.9% ABV Their version of the everyman beer, brewed within the confines of our own principles – thoughtfully hopped with Citra and Amarillo – and under the people’s Good Authority. Add it to your favourite Bessie Box or try it with our Beef & Brew Special!

An Interview with Victoria Smith from Stress Less Ladies

A recovering stress-aholic, Victoria had shingles twice before the age of 30. Sadly this is becoming the new normal for our stressed-out society, but it fuelled Victoria to figure out a way to live a less stressful life. Once she was on the other side of her own journey, Victoria...

An Interview with Tyeesha Street from Civic Styles

In 2018, Tyeesha set out to better understand the fashion industry, and it became the most gratifying and worthwhile choices she has made. After an eye-opening trip to South-East Asia, her global views started to become considerably more significant. Her goal after coming home, was to put her thinking into...

An Interview with Micki Chau from The Olfactory Shop

As I ventured down the entrepreneurial path, Micki was the first woman I talked to about running a business and the struggles about customer acquisition, social media and everything in between. Conscientious, strong-willed and kind, she has taken me under her wing and is always willing to pick up the...

An Interview with Jessica Painter from In Her Circle

Jessica Painter is the founder of In Her Circle, a judgement-free community. Originally from Southern California, she came to Canada for love and after, experiencing severe loneliness, she found her purpose: to help other women who were struggling with loneliness create authentic friendships. Through events like bracelet making, yoga and...