Alberta Ale Trail brewing up excitement for craft beer lovers

“There are a lot of breweries here, but people don’t know until they get here. It’s like, ‘Oh, I should have stayed longer,'” said Blairmore’s brewmaster at Pass Beer. Max Ruud said. Alta.

Now there’s a literal map to help beer lovers do just that. It’s called the Alberta Ale Trail.

Supported by Tourism Alberta and funded by the Federal Tourism Relief Fund created by the Alberta Smallbrewers Association, the map pinpoints each brewery and provides regional trails for beer enthusiasts to follow. carefully selected.

“Beer tourism is skyrocketing around the world, so we really want to showcase Alberta’s incredible grain-by-grain story,” said Alberta Small Brewers Association Secretary. Director Blair Verdasco said.

Southern Alberta brewers are drinking with excitement.

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“This is going to be great for a lot of smaller breweries in rural areas,” Ruud said.

There are currently 150 breweries on the Alberta Ale Trail Map, divided into regions in Southern, Central and Northern Alberta. Edmonton; Calgary; and the Rocky Mountains.

“We really want these breweries to be easy to find and enjoy,” says Verdusco. “We are really excited to have people try this liquid gold under the blue sky.”

After the launch of the Highway 3 Regional Trail last year, participating brewers say they are experiencing first-hand the demand for beer tourism.

Eight craft beer brewers have come together to create a collaboration beer with Highway 3 Ale Trail.

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“There’s always going to be people who say, ‘We stopped here, we stopped here.’ They’re doing trails, and it’s really fun to watch,” said Daniel Radovak, co-owner of Paths Beer Company. Told.

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“Each small brewery has its own style and beer that you can release and play around with and experiment with,” says Ailee Henderson, co-owner of Stronghold Brewing Company in Fort Macleod, Alta. It’s a really great and innovative industry.”

Some of these beer makers are able to brew their beer entirely using ingredients found within 20 km of their brewery.

Pass Beer Co.’s head brewer, Max Rude, is brewing a new batch of his favorite craft beers.

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“There are a lot of Alberta malt stars these days, and some hop growers. We do our best to use products that come from Alberta. Owner and brewer Darrell Harris says.

“This is really exciting and enhances the farm-to-table movement.”

The Path Beer Company does a summer series of Forager Casks.

“What we try to do is go out into the back bushes and pick up spruce tips, fir needles, spruce needles,” Ruud said. “We’re just trying to use what’s available around here for FunCask.”

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Brewers say they use local ingredients, so the foam is free of impurities.

“We can make some of the best beer in the world right here in Alberta,” Rood said.

According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries has doubled since 2018, with new trails and apps due for summer release.

At this time, you can learn all about the Alberta Ale Trail. its website.

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