Great Things Brewing in Alberta
Alberta Brewery Alley Kat wins best beer in Canada, while Wild Rose collects two medals,
upstart Ribstone Creek bags one, and Minhas Micro Brewery also collects one
(June 11, 2015) At the recent 13th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards Alley Kat Brewing Company of Edmonton was awarded not only a Gold Medal for their Kolsch, Scona Gold, but they also beat out 1233 other entires and Scona Gold was named the Canadian Beer of the Year! This award comes at a time when the brewery is just about to celebrate its 20th year anniversary.
What’s it like to be recognized as making the best beer in Canada, while thriving in the incredibly competitive Alberta beer market? Owner and Brewmaster Neil Herbst says, “we are thrilled and honoured by the award. I think this award, and the awards received by the other Alberta breweries validate the great quality of locally brewed Alberta Beer.“
Not to be outdone, Wild Rose Brewery has been brewing beer in Alberta for 19 years, and is exceptionally pleased with the two bronze medals they received at the Canadian Brewing Awards for their Natural Born Keller Kellerbier and Electric Avenue Premium Lager. CEO Bill McKenzie says, “ we are happy and honoured to have our two new brands winning medals. Wild Rose is sold exclusively in Alberta so to be recognized at a national level is a fantastic accomplishment for our entire team.”
On the other end of the spectrum the folks at Ribstone Creek Brewery in Edgerton, Alberta have been brewing beer for 3 years in a town of 400 people near the Saskatchewan border. Proving that great beer can be made by passionate individuals anywhere in the world, after crafting the silver medal winning Old Man Winter Porter, head brewer Aaron Hogarth says, “ as a small brewery, we were thrilled to be recognized on the national stage for our Old Man Winter Porter. We are thankful to everyone who has supported us every step of the way. It is because of those who have supported us, that we are able to try new things. We will continue to work hard and produce great beers for Albertans.”
The final winner from Alberta was from the Calgary-based Minhas Micro Brewery. Their Lazy Mutt Alberta Wheat Ale won a bronze medal in the North American Style Wheat Ale category.
What’s the source of this brewing renaissance in Alberta where not only the experienced and established breweries are winning medals, but the new upstarts are also flexing their muscles? A good case could be made for the recent relaxation of minimum brewery capacities that have led to the establishment of a number of small and feisty breweries pushing the creative envelope along with the venerable brewers stepping up their game to compete in one of the most challenging beer markets in the world. The outcome is one that will lead to nothing less than very happy beer drinkers in Alberta, and eventually across Canada.
About: this release was crafted by the Alberta Small Brewers Association, a trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the brewers of Alberta and promoting Alberta Beer.
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