By Mabell, Dave on March 15, 2019.
Maybe it’s the water. More likely, it’s the recipes and craftsmanship that won the judges’ approval.
Coulee Brew earned five awards at the recent Alberta Beer Convention, including silver in “Brewery of the Year” competition.
The Lethbridge business, just three years old, placed second to the longer-established Alley Kat brewery in Calgary.
It also earned gold for its Barrel Aged Coulee Quad specialty brew.
“We were super excited,” says Esmarilin Rauda, chief executive officer at Coulee.
The Lethbridge brewery also brought home an award from Halifax last year, presented at the Canadian craft brewers’ convention.
As well as bringing home silver from the Edmonton awards event in the “brewery of the year” competition, Coulee Brew earned silver for its Coalbanks Porter and its new Milk River Vanilla Stout.
And it was also presented a bronze award for its Bear’s Hump brown ale.
With more than 100 craft breweries operating in Alberta, Rauda credits Coulee’s success in competition to Sean Cormican – a home-grown brewmaster – and his production team.
Part of its success in southern Alberta’s market, she adds, may be traced to the brewery’s use of local place names in its branding. As a bonus, it’s mounted a “brew challenge” with appropriate awards for those who complete a hike on – for example – Bear’s Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Coulee Brew’s latest release, an IPA, is named after the buffalo jump in Dry Island Provincial Park.
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