Since it got up and running, Village Brewery has continued to impress.
From the group that helped found the company — a band of community-minded investors — to the focus on the local market and donating 10% of their bottom line to local arts and community groups, the Village has been welcomed with open arms by Calgary’s craft beer scene.
And now they’re getting national notice.
Village was recently named Start-up of the Year at the Air Miles Reward Program’s first Small Business Achievement Awards.
Co-founder Jim Button had this to say of the win:
“My advice to other start-ups is do what you enjoy and the money will come later. Recognize that money is one objective – but always put the quality of the service first,” Button said.
“And being part of today’s event was an honour and opportunity,” he added. “It’s not every day you get to learn and network with some of North America’s most well-regarded business leaders.”
The write-up announcing the award winners had this to say:
“Village Brewery was founded in 2011 with the simple goal in mind of gathering people around community. The company operates exclusively in the Calgary area, using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible, maintaining a high-quality product and a strong relationship with partners, all while investing 10 per cent of the bottom line into the community. The six founding partners bring a combined 150-plus years of industry experience, including Co-FounderJim Button, who is backed by 15 years of experience and passion for the industry.”
Congratulations to all the people who make Village a great local success story.