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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
Malt: Canadian Pilsner Malt
Hops: Halena and Saaz
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:
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.
Malt: 100% two-row Alberta premium barley
Hops: Three hop additions using Galena, Willamette and German Tettnang as the aroma Hop.
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:
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.
Malt: A combination of Premium Alberta Pale Malt and Imported (UK) Caramel and Black Malt.
Hops: 3 Hop Additions using Galena and Cascade Hops
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.