June 6, 2018
In a nondescript industrial area in southwest Calgary is a brewery you could call experimental. Annex Ale Project is a new brewery making small batch craft beer, and their game is experimentation.
Annex is constantly making new and interesting beers for its customers, and co-owner and brewmaster Andrew Bullied loves to play with his tools, crafting unique beverages meant to excite his customers and keep them hungry for new tastes.
Annex Ale Project - Small Batch Beer Available at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Bullied knows his stuff. Previously the brewmaster at Village Brewery, he worked at Banded Peak, and has credentials from the Institute of Brewers and Distillers in Scotland. He says the timing was just right about a year ago to start his own craft brewery with partner Erica O'Gorman.
“I like beer. The Alberta brewing scene is so collaborative,” explains Bullied, sitting at a long community table in the front of Annex Ale Project’s tap room, located at the front of the brewery building. “There’s a lot of like-minded people. People are super passionate about the beer.”
Bullied is obviously passionate about his product too. Some days he’s in at 7am to make the beer, other days, he’s wearing the full array of an entrepreneur’s hats; accountant, troubleshooter, mechanic. The beer he’s making is for a dedicated craft beer lover. While you can find the consistent Annex lineup of Bitter, XPA and Pale Ale in Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, Bullied is making many other kinds of beer for those who really love and appreciate the intricacies of small batch brewing.
Revelling in “The Hoppy Stuff”
“I like drinking really hoppy stuff. I like making really hoppy stuff. What we focus on making are beers that are west coast or North American inspired; aromatic but not too bitter,” says Bullied.
Calgary’s burgeoning craft beer scene has allowed him to get experimental and target a niche local drinker, rather than making the same beers that so many others are.
Beer for Advanced Palates and Craft Beer Lovers
“There’s a lot of great microbreweries in Calgary that are doing blondes, Kolsches, pilseners, and stuff like that,” explains Bullied as the clink of bottles and the hum of machinery wafts into the tap room. “Those are gateway beers to craft beer and there’s lots of companies doing that, so we don’t have to. We don’t go out of our way to make anything super approachable. We’re trying to mature the Alberta craft beer market a little bit. We just want to do something different.”
A Partnership Sharing a Love of Fresh Beer
Annex Ale project is proud to be carried in Co-op Wine Spirits Beer stores because Bullied notes that Co-op knows how to keep beer fresh.
“Fresh beer is the best beer, and that’s why we like working with Co-op. They actually pay attention to keeping the beer cold and rotating the stock properly. All that is super-duper important to making sure the customer has a good experience.”
Annex Ale Project is constantly putting out new beers for its thirsty customers. After releasing 36 beers in their first year, they’re still coming up with new products, and many of them can be found at their southeast taproom, or at Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer stores.
This summer watch for a new offering dubbed Paradise Found, which will be available when Annex begins putting out cans later this summer. It’s a Ginger Super Berliner, which Bullied describes as a beer with refreshing tartness with ginger mixed in. “It’s an awesome patio beer.”
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