Some of the best things happen over beer. Ideas are born, friendships forged, deals struck. Village Brewery began that way too, with friends sharing beers and dreams for a community brewery. A brewery that would support Calgary’s artists and craftspeople. A brewery that would create the excellent ales and lagers our friends and neighbours deserve. It takes a village to raise a beer. And a beer to raise a village.
What might compel a man on the brink of retirement, a man with over 40 years of brewing experience, a man renowned as one of the most accomplished brewers in an accomplished beer nation – what might entice such a man to shrug it all off and throw in his lot with a fledgling brewery? Every brewer worth their salt knows the answer already: it's the chance to get back to the roots. Brewing small-batch handcrafted beers with premium ingredients is the life every brewmaster dreams of on long winter nights.
For Larry, the chance to mentor a new generation of brewers was the icing on the cake. The lads are learning from the best.
Serendipity. That’s how we describe how we came together to form a community brewery in Calgary. One person with 20 years of experience ought to be enough to start making beer, but we're seven guys with over 150 years of beer experience, and many of us have passed up opportunities to start breweries in the past. Never felt right.
But when we sat down together we couldn't help but notice we had a footing in every side of the brewing business: brewing, plant operations, finance, business management, sales and marketing. We stirred all that together and look what came out: a nice balanced brewery and a force to do a bit of good for the Calgary community. And, umm, tasty beer.
Village Brewery is proud to have assembled a group of Beer Barons: 50 Calgarians of accomplishment chosen for a history of making Calgary a better place to live. Under the Village banner our Barons have pledged to work collectively to do further good for our community. And there's no pledge more binding than one you make over beers.Our Beers