October 25, 2017
Blindman Brewing was born out of a shared vision to brew the best beer in Alberta, while at the same time, introducing local beer drinkers to new and exciting styles of craft beer.
“We felt there was a lack of the type of beers we enjoy, both in quantity and quality, so we decided to be part of the solution to that problem,” says Matt Willerton, Co-owner of Blindman Brewing.
That was two years ago, before craft beer breweries in Alberta tripled from 20 to over 60, however Matt says there are many things that separate Blindman from the rest.
“We truly believe in investing in local products, because local invests in us. Craft beer is best enjoyed fresh, and therefore close to the source, so our biggest supporters are right in our backyard,” Matt explains.
Blindman Brewing is in the friendly farming town of Lacombe, located just 25 kms north of Red Deer.
“We have the best barley in the world here in Alberta, and it would be foolish to not take advantage and showcase that. We all live locally so being able to give back where we can is also very important to us. ”
The brewery produces a wide range of styles, many of which are hop-forward IPAs, but also include some dark malty beers and Belgian inspired brews.
“Our Blindman River Session Ale is our flagship beer and our current best seller. It is a 4.4 per cent dry-hopped session beer that does well in any situation. Another favourite is our New England-Style Pale Ale, which is a 5.5 per cent hazy and juicy IPA. It was meant to be a one-off during the spring, but we continued to brew it because our customers love it,” Matt adds.
Besides being able to drink the beer at the end of a hard days work, Matt says he really enjoys the camaraderie with his colleagues.
“It’s a great environment where we talk about beer all day long, and then maybe go for a beer after work - and continue to talk about beer. Outside of our team, every little craft brewery is friendly with each other, often borrowing supplies, discussing recipes, and sometimes brewing together in collaboration. We all generally want each other to succeed. Not too many industries can say that, and it still gets me excited to this day.”
To learn more about Blindman Brewing, visit www.blindmanbrewing.com
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