Sometimes a dilemma can be a good thing.
That’s exactly the case for a small east-central Alberta brewery based in the tiny village of Edgerton — about 240 km southeast of Edmonton and 37 km southeast of Wainwright.
After establishing the Ribstone Creek Brewery in 2009, president Don Paré said the team and the staff have upped its production of its tasty lager this summer to keep up with the sudden demand.
A handful of liquor stores — including Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton, say staff there — have had a hard time keeping the brew, the Ribstone Creek Lager, on its shelves.
“It’s so surreal,” said Paré about the brewery’s sudden success.
Paré — a third-generation farmer close to nearby Chauvin — and three of his friends (also longtime farmers) in the area had an idea to do something about a big building in Edgerton that was used “to store junk in it.”
“That’s when one of them thought, lets turn it into a brewery,” said Paré who is among five founders of the three-year-old brewery that includes David Beardsell, a beer-master who studied brewing in Germany.
Beardsell — who started the successful B.C.-based Bear Brewing Company in 1994 — was called by the farmers to lend a hand with the brewery named after a scenic nearby creek that flows into the Battle River.
“We’ve all seen in our small towns that they (shrink) and disappear,” said Paré.
“The idea behind this was to do something to bring in some business and get a few people employed. The brewery seems to fit this bill.”
And now the brewery hasn’t had time to enjoy its success in 2013 as the team are trying figure out “how (it) is going to get more beer out there,” said Paré.
The company just purchased two new fermenters, however, that will see its production double within the next six weeks.
“We want to maintain the quality of our product — we don’t want to rush it, we don’t want to give people something they don’t like, said Paré.
The German-style lager is simple, refreshing and tasty and all of it is brewed with Alberta-based ingredients.
The company is also working an an IPA, dubbed Buckin’ Bronco IPA.
For those thirsty beer drinkers in Edmonton looking to do a roadtrip in Edgerton to try the beer, Paré says the brewery — located at 4924 51 St. — is open every Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
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