Drinks for all your Stampede Needs

July 2, 2018

The Calgary Stampede is many things; officially it's a chance to take in the rodeo and celebrate community spirit through shows, rides, events, and pancake breakfasts. Unofficially, it's the biggest party in western Canada; a chance to toast the season in your cowboy garb and cut loose.

Inevitably, Stampede involves getting together with friends and co-workers and raising a glass.  These are our suggestions for what to pour at your party.

Calgary Stampede Beer Picks
The title sponsor of the Greatest Show on Earth's daily afternoon rodeo, Budweiser is synonymous with the Stampede. You can get it in the stands— or chilled from the massive coolers at your local Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. This light, easy drinking American lager is a great summer cooler.

cowboy crusherLocal Craft Beer - Cowboy Crusher Session Ale
Cowboy Crusher Session Ale is a perfect choice for Stampede.  Since the Stampede is all about connecting with friends and neighbours, it’s fitting that this beer is a collaboration between Vancouver craft brewers Parallel 49 and Calgary's Trolley 5. The clever cartoony can hides a delightfully citrusy, grapefruit-y beer with a light taste and a mildly bitter bite.

Stampede is also a great time to choose some of the many local Calgary beers from your neighbourhood Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. With one of the largest selections of Calgary craft beers, you can choose a variety of different brews for your Stampede BBQ. Stash them in a giant ice-filled trough where guests can select and sample to their heart's content.

Stampede Cocktail Choice: Mott's Caesars
Since the Caesar was invented in Calgary (at Caesar's Restaurant downtown, of course) naturally it's a fitting choice for Stampede celebrations. Keep the party fun by choosing variety of Mott's Clamato Caesar mixes, which come in some tasty and unique flavours.  

Let your guests make their own Caesars by creating a Caesar bar. Set out vodka, a rimming kit with celery salt, some Worcestershire, and hot sauce and Regular, Extra Spicy, Pickled Bean, The Works, or Lime Mott's Clamato Caesar mix. Post the recipe below near the bar and let the good times roll.

caesar copyClassic Caesar Recipe

Rim:
Celery salt or Mott’s* Clamato Rimmer

Ingredients:
1 oz (30 mL) vodka
2 dashes hot sauce
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 grinds fresh cracked salt and pepper
4 oz (120 mL) Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail

Garnish:
Celery stalk
Lime wedge

Steps: 
Rim a highball glass with citrus and rimmer.
Fill the glass to the top with ice.
Add the ingredients in the order listed.
Stir well to mix the cocktail, and garnish.

purple cowboy3Wine Choice: Purple Cowboy  
The Stampede can't be all about beer and liquor! This central California winery likes to have some fun with its wares, and it’s got that sassy cowboy theme, so it fits right into the spirit of Stampede. Purple Cowboy's Tenacious Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Trail Boss Cabernet mixes Syrah, Zinfandel, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon, and both are perfect pairings with Co-op's Only Alberta Beef lineup.

Another reason to imbibe? Some of the proceeds from the sale of the wines will be going to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink initiative. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign encourages people to show support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink, and during at least one day of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo the cowboys don pink shirts, rose chaps, blush hats, and fuchsia muscle wraps. Even the horses get in on the fun!

This season, celebrate the Stampede spirit with some cowboy-approved libations from Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

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