By Shauna Rudd
To taste the creations of Alberta’s up-and-coming brewmasters, beer aficionados need travel no farther than Olds, 60 kilometres south of Red Deer.
Old Skhool brown ale, Hay City wheat ale, Prairie Gold IPA and a yet-to-be named Belgian dubbel – a strong, full-bodied brown – are just some of what’s on offer at Olds College Teaching Brewery, a 2,300-square-foot facility developed and run in collaboration with Ontario’s Niagara College. Coordinator Peter Johnston-Berresford says the program is ideally located: “Barley is produced in abundance here, and we’re an hour away from two of the biggest malting facilities in this country. I can’t imagine that Olds won’t have another brewery or two in the next five years, and it may be a completely local product.”
Each month at the school’s tasting room and retail store (open noon to 6 p.m. except on Sundays and holidays), you’ll find something new, like special cask beers infused with bourbon-soaked wood chips or fruit pulp. Students’ concoctions are also available to sample and buy. And watch for special events and brewmasters’ dinners throughout the year.
Photo by Kurtis Kristianson/SPL
Published in Westworld Alberta, Spring 2015