OUR Alberta 2018 | Page 15

It may take a village to raise a child , but in Edgerton , the same can be said of opening a brewery . In fact , when it came time to raise capital , so many of the village ’ s 400 residents invested that Ribstone Creek can truly be called a locally owned business . It ’ s that same community spirit that inspired the brewery ’ s location — Mel ’ s Motors , a former tractor dealership on main street , where farmers would gather to drink coffee and solve the world ’ s problems . After renovating and fine-tuning the recipe for their flagship
Ribstone Creek Lager , the brewery began full-scale beer production in the fall of 2012 . Seven beers have since been added , and the space is , once again , a community hub where people can connect over pints with friends .
Specialty of the House : A summertime must is a Great White Combine , a hybrid mix between a Belgium Wit ( wheat beer ) and an American IPA , bursting with aromas of tropical fruit and subtle Belgian spice . The flavour is grapefruitforward with a clean , spicy , dry finish .
Perfect Pairing : As any beer-lover will tell you , the perfect pairing for any cold brew is summer itself . Add your favourite spicy takeout , and enjoy .
Tours & Tastings : Visit the taproom for Edgerton Exclusives , which are brews available only on tap at the brewery . It ’ s a great way to taste what the brewers are working on and an opportunity to have your say ! Taproom hours : Fridays 2-5 pm and Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm . Visit the website to book special events , private tastings , and tours . 4924-51 St , Edgerton . 780-755-3008 . ribstonecreekbrewery . ca
Strathcona Spirits is the first distillery in Edmonton . Ever . And they are currently also the smallest distillery in North America , working out of a tiny boomtown building in Old Strathcona making small-batch gin and vodka . It began with Adam Smith ' s growing fascination in distilling , aging spirits , and local flora , which eventually evolved into deep knowledge and passion . They seek to embody the essence of Alberta by using locally farmed and foraged grains and botanicals — some of which can be found only kilometres from the facility .
Specialty of the House : Their barrelaged gin is new and perfect for both gin and whiskey lovers . It ’ s smokey , oaky , and slowdistilled — a whiskey drinker ’ s botanical dream .
Perfect Pairing : Enjoy on its own or in a gin or whiskey cocktail . Try a Smoky Negroni , White Negroni , or an Old Fashioned . You can find suggested recipes on their website !
Tours & Tastings : Book online to tour this small but impressive facility , and learn about the stills , process , unique ingredients , and the history of the city ’ s first distillery . Tours available Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-5 pm . 10122-81 Ave , Edmonton . strathconaspirits . ca