Small in size, huge in personality, Arcadia’s unofficial motto is All Alberta, celebrating Alberta’s tremendous micro scene. To go with the great Albertan beer, the mood of the small room is part art hub, part musicians cavern with a fully vegetarian menu (or easily made vegan).
The Remlar Pale Ale from Edmonton’s Yellowhead Brewery is the perfect avenue into American pales — dense in flavour, complex in arrangement and most important: accessible. On the bartender’s suggestion I tried Turner Valley’s Fahr Brauerel’s Fahr Away hefeweizen. Now, with no slight to any of the other beers I tried, this was a mind-blower. Wildly refreshing, it draws (light and not lame) notes of banana, in a perfectly cloudy and medium body, which at first glance seems most perfectly suited for patio. That is until you try it and it becomes your immediate go-to.