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 British Willamette as the aroma hop.

Alcohol: 6.20%

Bitterness: 23 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.

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)


The Woodsman arrives from the North. His great crimson coat fragrant with pine, his brawny body shouldering a curious bounty. For somehow, somewhere out there, he captures fresh, warm biscuits and roasted nuts. It's a gift. 

Citra and Tahoma Hops Complex Malt Full Body

Malt: A combination of English Maris Otter, Alberta Two-Row Barley, Victory Malt, Carastan 30/37, Crystal 120 and roasted barley.

Hops: A bittering addition of Galena, flavour addition of Cascade and two aroma additions of Tahoma and Citra at the end.

Alcohol: 5.3%

Bitterness: 30 IBU

Our Northern Red Ale's foundation is built upon Alberta Two-Row Barley and English Maris Otter, offering a biscuit-like flavour. The addition of multiple variations of crystalized malts and roasted barley lend a crimson hue to this big bodied ale. We generously hopped with Cascade, Citra and Tahoma balance out the experience with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.

Meet the Village Woodsman


Each of our beers remind us of family, friends and neighbours in the Village. Really. Our brewer’s father is the epitome of the Canadian woodsman. John McLaughlin was born in St. John, New Brunswick and spent most of his childhood outdoors fishing and hunting on the Miramichi and the Restigouche Rivers. Wherever he brought the family, his greatest joy was when he spent time with his kids getting them out into the great outdoors. Of course Jeremy, camping with his father always meant he had to do the lousy jobs while his dad kicked back; but perhaps things are changing now that he’s a brewer. 


This year we have been blessed with hops, rhubarb, strawberrys and nanking cherry's from community associations, as well as the back yards of many great Calgarians. A special thanks to ATB Agriculture and Sajak & Farki for their ongoing support. We truly hope you enjoy this community involved ale.

Made better together.

Fruit & Floral Mild to Medium Bitterness Rhubarb

Malt: A combination of Pilsen, Wheat, Vienna, and honey

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

Alcohol: 5.5%

Bitterness: 15 IBU

Light strawberry aroma mixed with a classic spicy and fruity note from the belgian yeast strain. The flavour is close to a classic belgian ale, with a light tartness from the rhubarb followed by a strawberry finish. The Calgary grown wet hops add a fresh light citrus aroma. Overall, this is a well balanced ale made with love locally. 

Meet the Village 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.

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.

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: 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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