Beer from the Tool Shed Brewing Company is now in stores in Alberta.
Not too long ago, I told you about a soon-to-be launched brewing company, started by a couple of self-described geeks.
Well, that beer is now here.
Tool Shed Brewing Company officially launched this week, with the beer available at locations across Alberta, in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, Stettler, Wainwright, Red Deer.
Of the three available — People Skills Cream Ale, Red Rage Ale and the Star Cheek IPA — I was able to try the latter two (my local didn’t have the People Skills on the shelf).
Both are really good beers. Definitely a treat to see more great craft beer produced right here in Alberta, and also nice to see another red ale in the market. Vagabond’s Conscription Red is really tasty, and so is the Vulcan Ale.
The Red Rage fits well into that segment, but tastes different than the other two. Whereas Vulcan Ale was more malty and had a lot of toffee and caramel on the palate, the Tool Shed version has a lot of coffee flavours, and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness, with nice breadiness. It is my favourite of the two Tool Shed beers I tried.
The Star Cheek is also very good. It’s definitely more hop-forward than the IPAs Big Rock and Wild Rose produce, but not so much that it’s overpowering. It’s citrusy and crip, and as the label says “remarkably balanced.”
After trying my first can of each, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy either of them again.
Now I just hope for a chance to pick up the People Skills before too long.
To locate Tool Shed near you, check out their beer finder. If you’re in Calgary and want to check them out on tap, the Tool Shed Launch Party is Wednesday, Aug. 21 at National Beer Hall on 17th.