Village Gardener: Community Involved Ale

In our second year of brewing this ale we have been blessed with hops from four Community Associations as well as the back yards of many great Calgarians, honey from our friends at Apiaries& Bees for Communities and locally sourced two-row malted barley, Alberta wheat and lavender. A true community involved ale.

Local Honey Local Lavender Mild to Medium Bitterness

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

Hops: Calgary hops grown by four different community associations.  Varieties include, Nugget, Hallertauer, Cascade and Centennial.

Alcohol: 5.0%

Bitterness: 12 IBU

A German style Hefeweizen brewed with urban farmed honey, local lavender, and hops grown by Calgary community associations.  Light bodied,  unfiltered, with strong distinct notes of lavender, clover, and cinnamon.  Very sweet and spicy on the pallet, with aromas reminicent of apple pie.

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Better together

In our Village the community garden is the place to gather, grow and discuss matters of the neighbourhood. This ale is a nod to all those great citizens that get their hands dirty and make their neighbourhood a better place to live. This year we have been blessed with hops from four Community Associations - Bridgeland-Riverside, Killarney-Glengarry, Inglewood and Parkdale as well as the back yards of many great Calgarians that enjoy being part of a collective community experience. This year we have included honey from our friends at Apiaries& Bees for Communities and locally sourced two-row malted barley, Alberta wheat and lavender. A special thanks to ATB Agriculture for their ongoing support in bringing the rural experience to our city.

We truly hope you enjoy this community involved ale made better together.

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Village Brunette - German Dunkelweizen

Our Brünette instructs us in the German method. We must balance precisely the wheat and barley malt, producing accurately the aroma of fresh bread and clove. And before the pouring, we must agitate the superior Bavarian yeast with a swirl, a twirl or a gentle roll. Our Brünette insists.

Bavarian Yeast Complex European Malts Unfiltered Dark Wheat

Malt: Pale wheat, Midnight wheat, Alberta 2 row, Munich, Vienna, Chocolate.

Hops: 2 hop additions using German Hallertau.

Alcohol: 5.5%

Bitterness: 15 IBU

Bavarian Dark Wheat beer fermented with a special german yeast strain. The combination of light and dark wheat, Munich, Vienna, and chocolate malts produce a rich dark brown earthy colour with toffee and chocolate flavour. The yeast provides clove, banana like esters, which are finely balanced with the European malts.

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Industrious and orderly

Molly's Grandmother

This gal about town hails from Unity Saskatchewan. She was crazy clean; her German roots impressed upon her the need to be industrious and orderly, so much so that she cut her famous Christmas squares using the precision of a ruler.

This brünette made her family her life.  She enoyed a single drink at a time and would certainly snort with laughter if she knew her youngest granddaughter put her image on a case of beer.

Special surprise: 3 generations of family are on this web page...

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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 Unfiltered 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 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 Pride of Ringwood, Zythos, Waimea, Centennial, and Cascade

Alcohol: 4.6%

Bitterness: 46 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.

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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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