Village Troubadour: Mild Brown Ale

The Troubadour hails from the North, so they say. ‘Tis the sweet note of caramel gives it away, and the lyrical lilt of the hops when they play, as the Troubadour sings of that glorious day when good barley and yeast had a roll in the hay and the magic was born in the North. So they say.

Medium Body Easy Drinking Mild to Medium Bitterness Sweet Caramel Malt

Malt: A combination of our Premium 2-Row Alberta Malt and imported Caramel Malt.

Hops: 3 Hop Additions using both imported US Nuggets and German Hallertau as the aroma hops.

Alc/vol: 4.2%

Bitterness: 22 - 24 IBU

This popular classic beer style is characterized by it's sweeter palate, lower gravity and alcohol.  When drank at cellar temperature the generous flavour of the caramel malt and the concentration of sugars results in a condition described as "luscious".

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Meet our Troubadour

A boilermaker and bricklayer by trade, Edmond Ambrose immigrated to Canada from Southport, England and found work with the CPR in Saskatchewan in the late 1920’s. 

On weekends, he escaped the reality of harsh working conditions and the economic reality of the 1930’s in both music and the arts and became an accomplished ukulele player and won many dance (Charelston) contests which were popular at that time.  These weekends almost always involved beer and he loved his beer - especially the Milds and Brown Ales of Northern England that he drank in his younger years in the UK. Our interpretation of this beer with it’s signature caramel flavour and refreshing hop balance would have been sure to please him.

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Village Monk - Chai Winter Porter

The first frost heralds the arrival of the Monk, a jolly, black brew with a stout body borne of copious chocolate and caramel malts. If you are a genial soul, the Monk will sing you ancient notes of cardamom and clove, ginger and fennel, mint and peppercorn. Amen.

Chai Full Body Mild to Medium Bitterness

Malt: A combination of Premium Alberta Pale Malt, and imported caramel, roasted and chocolate malts.

Hops: 2 Hop Additions using high alpha Galena hops for bitters and Imported British Fuggles as the aroma hop.

Alcohol: 6.20%

Bitterness: 18-20 IBU

A complex combination of specialty malts and spices provides a full-bodied style porter with a mild hop and subtle spice flavours. Spices include cinnamon, fennel, peppercorn, ginger, cardamom and clove.

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Meet the Spicers

Colin and Kelci love playing with flavours. They started The Silk Road Spice Merchant in 2008 to indulge that love. The smells are crazy, the atmosphere is old-world and there is often an urn full of chai simmering away on cold Saturdays. Their shop is a step back in time and everything is done by hand, from blending to jarring and labeling the spices. The goal is to slow down and enjoy the process as well as the result. Seems like a perfect family business to celebrate in the Village; and a great way for our Monk to smile, breathe and go slowly.

Photo taken by a 7 year old with a disposable camera at a wedding. (Watch out Colin Way)

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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 Nugget, English Fuggles and German Hersbrucker as the aroma Hop.

Alcohol: 4.5%

Bitterness: 28 - 30 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
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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.

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Village Blacksmith - India Black Ale

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: 2 Hop Additions using Nugget and Cascade Hops

Alcohol: 5.5%

Bitterness: 45 - 50 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
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Meet the Blacksmith

OUR GRANDFATHERS KNEW A THING OR TWO ABOUT CRAFT

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.

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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 Unflitered Wheat

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

Hops: 3 Hop Additions using Cascades, English Fuggles and Imported Saaz as the Aroma Hop.

Alcohol: 4.5%

Bitterness: 4 - 5 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
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Meet the Village Wit

NINI HAD A SPARKLE IN HIS EYE AND LOVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST.

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.

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Village Square - Blonde, Blacksmith, Wit & Monk

Welcome to the Village Square, a place of gathering, greeting and good fellowship.  In the Square this season, four fine Villagers are assembled: the golden Blonde, the hearty Blacksmith, the bright Wit and the stout Monk.

The Square Villagers

Our Village is home to many excellent artists, and it's our mission to help them shine.

A while ago a furniture salesman came to us with a photograph of the Peace Bridge. We published the picture on VillageBrewery.com, where many people saw it and shared our admiration. The salesman’s life changed. He is now a thriving, full-time Calgary based photographer. His name is Neil Zeller, and his eye is behind the pictures on our Village Square variety pack. Our models also happen to be model citizens and each represents a character in the Village Square. Thank you Chris Miller, Mike Duffield, Kelly Doody and Jeffrey Cockram. Neil Zeller Photography

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