It's insane to think that we started construction on the space over a year ago and are reaching our one year anniversary soon. I think we all had an idea of how things were going to go and, well, the way things went blew our expectations out of the water.
As you may know, Al and Colin started homebrewing at their house in Kensington on Broadview, years ago. I was invited over for a brew day and had an absolute blast watching Al and Colin do all the heavy lifting while I drank and watched football. I thought this is perfect! We could make this a company. Fast forward through some legislative changes, some planning, a loan from ATB, some municipal red tape, a couple of injunctions from out of province and then just like that, we were able to start construction on our dream. Five months later, we released our beer to the public for the first time at the Calgary BeerFest (an absolute blast). Then we opened our own doors to the public May long weekend. We're coming up on being fully open for nine months now.
The best thing about beer is the excitement it brings out in people. People love beer. People love talking about beer. And people want to drink beer. It's cool. I don't know if I'm cool but I work in a cool industry. So maybe through osmosis... Getting to know all the people that are directly and indirectly involved with beer is awesome. Suppliers, customers, other brewers, everyone. There's a certain demeanour that seems to dominate and it's an extremely positive one. The people make the industry great and we're glad to be a part of it.