This year we have been blessed with plenty of hops and basil enabling us to make a very special IPA. Everything was grown in neighbourhood back yards as well as these 12 communities. Parkdale, Bridgeland-Riverside, Killarney-Glengarry, Inglewood, Glenmore, Wildwood, Winston Heights, Hillhurst/Sunnyside, Mid-Sun, Southwood, Bankview and grow Calgary. We also included locally sourced two-row malted barley from our friends at Red Shed Malting. A special thanks to ATB agriculture for their ongoing support. We truly hope you enjoy this community involved ale experience, made better together.

Basil Aroma Earthy Hop Flavour Medium Bitterness

Malt:100% locally malted from Red Shed: New Dale variety base malt, biscuit malt, amber malt and roasted barley.

Hops: Galena, El Dorado, Citra. The whirlpool addition was 28kgs of locally sourced wet hops. It was dry hopped with Ella, El Dorado, Sorachi Ace, and Simcoe. We also dry hopped with 1.3 kg's of local basil.


Bitterness: 50 IBU

This year's Gardener is a Basil IPA. The grain was sourced entirely through Red Shed Malting and the wet hop addition was provided by the local community garden associations. The beer is a dark amber colour with a sweet and complex malting backbone. This is where the aggressive hopping takes over. The forfront of the hop character is provided by the enormous addition of wet hops provided by the local community garden associations. This addition contained hops of several varieties which come together to offer an earthy blend of flavours which blend nicely with the basil dry hopping addition.

Meet the Gardener


Each of our beers remind us of family, friends and neighbours in the Village. Really. Celebrating our third annual Community Involved Ale we'd like to thank all the community associations and Calgarians who got their hands dirty and made their neighbourhood a better place to live. This ale is a nod to you. Made better together.


How does he do it? There's no doubt, he's made of fine roasted barley malt. No mistaking the smooth caramel notes, the amber glow, the sturdy, rich head. He's loaded with barley. So how does he reduce the gluten? The enigma just smiles and says, "experience."

Caramel Sweetness Citrus Hoppy Finish Gluten Reduced

Malt: The malt bill consists of our Alberta 2-row barley and substantial amounts of caramel malt (Carastan and Crystal 75).

Hops: The beer is balanced and approachable but a defining characteristic is the dry hopping, which consists of Centennial, Belma, Citra and Tahoma

Alcohol: 5.0%

Bitterness: 17 IBU

The overall flavour profile is caramel sweetness balanced with citrus and piney hopping.

The body of the beer is a little lighter than most Amber Ales due to the enzymatic reduction of gluten that is naturally present in barley. By bringing the Gluten level to under 20 ppm, we fit in the category of “Gluten-Reduced”. What is means is that this beer is safe to consume for people with mild gluten sensitivity. As this beer still has a very small amount of gluten individuals with celiac disease should not consume Village Enigma.

Meet the Enigma

Each of our beers remind us of family, friends & neighbours in the Village. Really.
I took this on as one of my final brewing challenges. It has taken 45 years of practical brewing to solve this, but with our team of brewers at Village Brewery, a unique mashing program and proprietary processing I think we have it figured out. I am confident that beer drinkers that want to reduce or avoid Gluten in their diet without significantly changing the flavour and character of an all malt beer will be pleasantly surprised. I'm proud to say it tastes like a great beer. - Larry Kerwin

Be Sure to Hold your Squeeze Tight

Photographer: Colin Way
Models: Sam, Nicole, James

It was love at first sip. We'd never met a more dazzling, brilliant brew. Our squeeze charmed us with smooth Bavarian malt, teased us with lemon and raspberry, kissed us softly with hops. We told ourselves, this may be too good to last. So for now, just drink it in.

Lemon Zest Aroma Pilsner Malt Raspberry Accents

Malt: Canadian Pilsner Malt

Hops:  Halena and Saaz

Alcohol: 4.8%

Bitterness:  16 IBU

Our Munich Berry Helles is built upon a delicate foundation. The base beer, a Munich Helles, is known for it's subtle nuances, sweet-malty notes and herbal hop aroma. We balance this German-style brew with light additions of lemon zest and fresh raspberries.

A collaboration with our fine friends at Fiasco.
Be sure to enjoy their summer treat, the Fiasco Squeeze Sorbetto which will be available at specialty grocers this summer.

Perfect Pairings For The Village Squeeze:
Fiasco Squeeze Sorbetto - Fiasco Gelato
Meet the Squeeze

Family, Friends and Neighbours in the Village.

Our employee Nicole's parents are models of true love. Meeting at a ballroom dance club as young university students, they set out on a steady course for a long marriage and loving family. They compliment each other with a balance of living in the moment and planning for the future (she's the today - he's the tomorrow). 36 years later they can still be found out on date nights or dancing up a storm at parties. We hope this true love reminds everyone in the Village to balance one another, appreciate time spent together, and most importantly to hold your squeeze tight.

Don't Take Life Too Seriously

Photographer: Colin Way
Model: Lindsay

Village Blonde - Golden Ale

Meet this natural Blonde, whose golden glow comes from the finest two-row Alberta barley. An ale with a crisp, dry palate that balances a slight fruity sweetness and subtle bitterness. Handcrafted, unpasteurized, free of preservatives and additives, this local beauty conforms to the 1516 Bavarian Law of Purity. So few Blondes do.

Clean & Crisp Fruit & Floral Mild to Medium Bitterness

Malt: 100% two-row Alberta premium barley

Hops: Three hop additions using Galena, Willamette and German Tettnang as the aroma Hop.

Alcohol: 4.5%

Bitterness: 15 IBU

An all-malt blonde in the North American style with a positive hop character and a smooth finish.

Perfect Pairings For The Village Blonde:
Duck Confit Poutine - Wine-Ohs
Clivestyle Cheeseburger - Clive Burger
Blonde Onion Rings - Sharky's Tap House
Meet a Natural Blonde

Each of our beers remind us of family, friends & neighbours in the Village. Really.

We all have moments in life we wish we could save in a bottle. For one of our partners, who lost his mother just prior to launching the brewery, this photo of her is his way of thanking her for her ongoing support and golden beauty. Now whenever he drinks a Village Blonde he'll be reminded to clean his plate, do his homework, be kind to others and not take life too seriously.


Keep a sturdy grip on this hand-forged ale. It is an alloy of premium two-row Alberta barley, roasted to a black malt and infused with quantities of potent, bitter hops. Stalwart and bold, it will douse the coal-fired thirst, slake the spirit and clear the soot from the teeth. 

Espresso & Chocolate Medium Bitterness Medium Body Easy Drinking

Malt: A combination of Premium Alberta Pale Malt and Imported (UK) Caramel and Black Malt.

Hops: 3 Hop Additions using Galena and Cascade Hops

Alcohol: 5.5%

Bitterness: 33 IBU

A distinctly dark and flavourful ale that carefully balances the sweet flavours of the dark malts with the bitterness of the hopping. Citrus aromas balanced with roasted espresso, chocolate and licorice.

Perfect Pairings For The Village Blacksmith:
Dark Chocolate Cake - Wine-Ohs
Commonwealth Taquito - Commonwealth
Classic Clive Burger - Clive Burger
Meet the Blacksmith


Little did one of our partners know that he would be able to feature his wife's Grandfather on cases of beer. But it only makes sense that a legendary hardworking prairie blacksmith should be proudly showcased on a tasty hand-forged black ale. And yes, that is a granddaddy's blacksmith shop in the background.

Village Wit - White Wheat Ale

Despite it's name, this is a serious brew unsuited to tawdry puns. It is a finely crafted, unfiltered wheat ale in the Belgian tradition. The colour of straw with a delicate white haze, Wit has crisp flavours accented with orange zest and coriander. A classic. So get into Wit.

Citrus & Coriander Spiced Unfiltered Wheat

Malt: A combination of Malted Wheat and Alberta 2-Row Premium Malt.

Hops: 3 Hop Additions using Willamette, Cascade and Imported Saaz as the Aroma Hop.

Alcohol: 4.5%

Bitterness: 13 IBU

A light refreshing Belgian style that is lightly hopped and is characterized by a distinct citrus flavour.

Perfect Pairings For The Village WiT:
Apple Wood Burger - Oak Tree Tavern
Meet the Village Wit


The image on the case is of our partner's Nonno (Grandfather). Nini, as Nonno was known, was popular with friends and neighbours for telling stories and singing out of key in his deep loud Italian voice. Nini had a constant sparkle in his eye and loved life to the fullest. He could often be found in his dirt wine cellar stashing beer, cheese and salami behind his rudimentary grappa still. Many a day was spent on his concrete step, arm over his grandson's shoulder enjoying a garden fresh tomato. He was without a doubt one of the wittiest men in town.

Village Maiden - India Session Ale

She’s a fair Maiden, but a heartbreaker. She wraps us in her deep golden glow, teasing us with crisp citrus scents, whispering secrets of fragrant hops from faraway lands. So we draw her to our lips. And just like that, she’s gone. Ah, well. One Maiden calls for another.

Floral Citrus Hops High Bitterness Unfiltered

Malt: Premium 2 row alberta malt, with light caramel and hints of roasted barley to bring a slight orange hue

Hops: Multiple hop additions throughout the brewing and fermentation process using Galena, Chinook, Waimea, Centennial, and Cascade

Alcohol: 4.6%

Bitterness: 33 IBU

A new take on the North American pale ale, this unfiltered india session ale is light, and very heavily hopped to present both a bitter finish with a hop forward flavour and aroma.  The nose features strong orange, lemon and floral notes with a  slight earthiness.  Unfiltered to preserve as much hop essence as possible.

Hop Brigade

Every beer represents someone from the Village Family. The Maiden is Karen's mom.

Having been born in a country best known for its beer, our favourite employees’ mother is no stranger to the process let alone the end product. For 2 weeks at the end of her summer holidays, she picked hops for local growers throughout Czechoslovakia as part of a mandatory community support program. Students would work full days collecting at least 10 bushels of hops, receiving the equivalent of what is now about 15 cents per bushel.
From hop picking to our hop forward Maiden; who knew that her past beer experience would one day be celebrated, again.

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